A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Guy Fawkes Day and Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Hello my lovelies and welcome to my blog which will incorporate  my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea with greeting to the Brits who are celebrating Guy Fawkes Day on Nov. 5th.

If you've been to many of my tea related blog parties, you won't be surprised that this is my teacup choice for this fall Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

I absolutely love art deco hand painted on transfer designs. This is a great fall colors with bright orange red enamel paint hand applied on hand colored sepia transfer design. The colors are so evocative of fall.  The cup and saucer with matching plate, or teacup trio, was made in the trade name of Wellington by J. H. Cope in Staffordshire between 1924 and the 1930s when the art deco styles like this were so popular. I love it, and it's so perfect for a windy fall day with the leaves flying. A cup of tea and a pecan tartlet was perfect for tea today! Never remembered to take a photo again....sigh....

And tomorrow, Nov. 5th, is Guy Fawkes Day, commemorating the day in 1607 when a plot, led by Guy Fawkes, was foiled as he attempted to blow up Parliament. The day has always been celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and the effigy of Guy Fawkes, lovingly called The Guy, tossed on the flames to much mirth and partying.  The kids get into the spirit of the thing by collecting money for weeks before with the cry "Penney for the Guy" which they use to buy fireworks.  Here are a few historic photos of kids and guys I found....

This first photo with a group of kids looks exactly like one my husband's family have of the neighborhood children and their guy beside the bonfire pile in the late 1940s where he grew up in Lady Wood just outside Stratford-upon-Avon.

This photo of 2 boys collecting "for the guy" is from the website www.museumoflondon.org.uk and dates to the early 1950s

This photo is from the 1930s from www.bridgemanart.com

This is an illustration by the great Cruikshank from 1827 of the Guy being carried to the bonfire.

The traditional poem is:

Guy Fawkes Day Poem

Traditional British

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,

'Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God's providence he was catch'd,
With a dark lantern and burning match

Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring

Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip Hoorah !

Hip hip Hoorah !

The tradition that both my family and my Honey's liked best, was the passing around of the potatoes cooked in the coals of the bonfire. I think the older folks liked the cider of beer that was usually circulating, and we all loved the fireworks. The USA's 4th of July is the closest we come, but with a different flavor!

For a great website with some 1940s Guy Fawkes old movies, I found:
Burning Down The House: Dangerous Guy Fawkes Videos  which is quite fun!  PLEASE DO NOT TRY THESE THINGS AT HOME!!!

So Happy Bonfire night to the Brits! We Yanks will enjoy a cup of tea and a linky and visit the blogs with tea related posts! For more info on the teacup trio at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos. Here are some of the blogs I am joining:

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Afternoon Tea
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
What’s It Wednesday
Home On Wednesday


  1. This is a really interesting post Ruth. I have heard of Guy Fawkes over the years and I remember a few years ago a friend of ours had a Guy Fawkes bonfire with a group of friends. I believe Newfoundlanders still celebrate this event. I love your teacup and plate chosen for this occasion. The colours are so pretty. I hope you have a great week!

  2. I love some of your pictures. They so remind me of when I was a kid. I remember having bonfires and it was all so much fun.

  3. I like your art deco style cup and saucer, Ruth! Thanks for the information about Guy Fawkes Day. Have a wonderful week!

  4. Hello Ruth,
    Your teacup trio is a good choice for November. I like the square plate. I have heard of Guy Fawkes Day but never knew much about it. Thanks for sharing the info. Have a lovely day, my friend.


  5. I love your pretty fall colored teaset. It is perfect for this time of year. Thank you for the info. on Guy Fawkes Day. Have a great week.

  6. Hello Ruth
    I had forgotten about Guy Fawkes Day, not that we celebrate it but I know it's popular in England. Thanks for sharing the interesting information and photos about it.
    Your choice of teacup for this week is nice for autumn and we can only imagine how delicious the pecan tart looked. :-)

  7. Thanks for the historical post! Your teacup set is gorgeous!..Christine

  8. Wow a eat peice of English history. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I just read Janice's post about Guy Fawkes Day, so had to come over and read your post, too! That's a beautiful tea cup for autumn.

  10. Interesting post, thanks so much for the history lesson. Those vintage images are really great.
    Your tea cups trio is gorgeous. I love art deco too style of it too. It really is a lovely set to have in your collection and to use.

  11. That tea cup is perfect for autumn. Interesting history lesson.

  12. That is a perfect cup for fall. Loved the info on Guy Fawkes Day. Thanks for hosting!

  13. Your teacup is beautiful and a wonderful choice for the fall season. I've never heard about Guy Fawkes Day, but I enjoyed learning about it! Thank you for hosting your weekly party and have a great week!

  14. Love your lovely teacup and your blog! The poem was We should have a visit exchange with our British friends. My home is open. Any takers?


  15. How I love all those old photo's. Such treasures and need to be saved for many years to come. Beautiful..

  16. These square plates with the rounded edges are really original!

  17. Hi: Love this art deco cup trio. You always have some amazing tea cups. I would love to be a mouse in your house! :) Blessings, Martha

  18. Sweet china in warm colors. I wish you a nice day! Zinnia

  19. Your post makes me think of some of my favorite Agatha Christie movies that have bonfires and art deco design.

  20. Great post, Ruth! Love the history lesson - and those vintage photos are wonderful! Your Art Deco cup and saucer are so "modern" in appearance - with the square shape - but the colors are those strong orange gold shades that make me think of the 1970's rather than the 1930's. The poem is always great fun - I love the cadence of it - very performable!

  21. The motif on that (very lovely) cup and saucer seem Japanese to me - the colors and the styling. I love it!

  22. Hey Ruth - if you look at the photos of the log homes the kids made, you'll see that there is one made of pretzels - and chocolate frosting! I gave the families four style ideas of how to craft them and left the decisions to them. They had a great time!


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