A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Courtship Of Miles Standish Teapot For a Pilgrim Fall

Hi there. I have just finished my cup of afternoon tea, fighting with my cat for the seat of my recliner, which he has adopted...I won, but barely. He retreated to the rug on the floor in front of the heater in the sunroom.  I hope your fall days are not to hectic with preparations yet...I'm planning on about 5 Christmas bazaars on Saturday, and that should set things up with a jolt!  

Did you have to read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Courtship Of Miles Standish at school? I remember it and the famous words by Priscilla "Speak for yourself, John" to John Alden. Well, in 1900-11915, the Sterling China, USA pottery company made a set of white ironstone with transferware scenes from the poem. They used a very old antique Staffordshire teapot shape, and the drawings are so much fun...

The poem was written in 1858, but is considered a literary classic....

and the china was right in tune with the early 1900 romantic view of the colonial era...this was the time of the Edwardian era in England, just prior to World War I. Things changed drastically after that.   I think it's so charming! You don't see it often, so I was thrilled I found it.

I found these two wonderful fall table ideas from Sunset magazine I'd like to share for the season....

I always appreciate Sunset's use of natural materials.  Thanksgiving is fast approaching...we are having dinner at a local slow food organic restaurant called Nourish here in Sequim, that we blogged about a few weeks ago To see that post, click HERE.  I can't wait, 'cuz it'll be fabulous!

I am joining the following blogs, and am looking forward to all the wonderful creative things going on!  Have a great day and enjoy a cup of tea with a friend!

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  1. I recall that writing even though I did not like literature when in school. I did not know what you shared today. Nicely done.

  2. Oh, I just love the Miles Standish Teapot--what a terrific find! Wish more teapots had been made featuring literary figures. I'll bet the English teachers among us love this!

  3. I loved literature/poetry in school so yes, I remember the poem. The teapot is fabulous and I just love the romantic couple on it. A real treasure, Ruth! Thank you for sharing at my HOME.


  4. Yes! I had to read that poem and write about it, too. It has been a long time ago and I had forgotten. Do the children today read old classics like this? I don't think so and that is very sad! They are missing a lot!
    ♥ Jil

  5. Oh, this is a beauty! I love the image and the striping. Perfect piece for Thanksgiving! I remember the poem. Thanks so much for sharing with SYC.

  6. Hi Ruth, just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.


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