A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, November Things, Transferware And Cobalt Glass

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...I hope you have had a marvelous Thanksgiving weekend...and didn't get crushed in a Black Friday sale!  This is a wintry, wet time of year...this year at least which we need after last year's lack of rain or snow...we are forecast a major storm with high winds and 5-8 inches of rain in 24 hours over the Olympics right behind us...we'll see...cozy and warm in the sunroom!

I spent an afternoon in the sunroom with a cup of tea reading through the month of November in the Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden from 1901. I love her illustrations and observations.

It is a fascinating book to read. But after reading about her rambles in the countryside picking the last of the fruit, I decided to do a quick tea with a fruit cup and saucer to go with some gluten free chocolate cookies from a baking mix I tried and Pumpkin Spice tea on our small tea table in the sunroom... so...

The first teacup is a Royal Albert Flower Of The Month November Chrysanthemums demitasse cup and saucer...a design you will see often on blogs this month...it is November! That's what's the fun of the series...a teacup for every month's birthdays!

This is from the late 1980s series, and was probably not made in England, because production was being moved to Indonesia at this time into the early 1990s. There are 2 older versions of the Flower Of The Month, and they are all wonderful designs! They were usually made in 3 sizes...the regular, this demitasse size and a teensy miniature size with a cup only 1.25 inches high and a 2.75 inch in diameter saucer! And there are collectors for every size!

This next cup and saucer is also a demitasse or after dinner coffee size, and was made by  E. Hughes in a line called Eucanos in the Somerset pattern only between 1930 and 1941. I love the jewel color fruit, and the heavy 24kt gold hand painted details. Lovely!

The number at the bottom is the British Registry mark, which records when the design was registered. The number is 708568 which identifies the design being recorded during 1924 to 1925, although the mark clarifies that the cup and saucer was actually made later somewhere between 1930 and 1941. The pottery closed in 1953.

For tea...the seasonal blends are coming out. This id the Republic Of Tea's Pumpkin Spice. They had it last year, and I really liked it so was glad to see it again available.  The tin holds 50 round teabags.  Tea Time magazine had an article this week about the re-thinking of the reputation of tea bags by Bruce Richardson you can read HERE.

This is the way Tea Forte' packages their tea. Celebrity Cruises has them at their Cafe' al Bacio...I am addicted to their Organic Estate Darjeeling, which I have a pot of every morning when on a ship.

I also have a cobalt blue art glass pumpkin on the table...did you notice it? This was our souvenir from a week in Alaska on the Ruby Princess last may. In Skagway, we visited Jewell Gardens Organic Gardens & Glass...which was influenced by our local Seattle Chihuly Gardens & Glass and includes a glass blowing hot shop as well...

The pumpkin was available at the gift shop, and they shipped, so I didn't have to worry about carrying it home in my luggage. Most of the time, it lives in one of the windows in our sun room...on the high one, barricaded by other things, so out cat Tinker can't get to it...he rules the other low windows all around the rest of the room.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and you are enjoying your November...it's amazing how quickly it goes!  Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!

 Tea Cup Tuesday 
 Bernideen’s Teatime, Cottage & Garden


  1. I find glass making fascinating and I love the blue pumpkin! Both teacups are lovely today. I would love to find November as it's my son's birth month. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely day, Ruth.


  2. Lovely teacups, Ruth! I always enjoy being educated about the monthly flowers from other bloggers. The teacups that I'm sharing this week features chrysanthemums too! I admit that my tea preference is now moving away from the pumpkin spice. Bring on the peppermint!!!

  3. Hi Ruth,
    It's very rainy and cold here today. I do love your Royal Albert November teacup. I recently ordered one and so you may see one on my blogspot eventually. Your fruit teacup is sweet too. Everything looks very inviting in your sunroom. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea and Have a Wonderful Week! Karen

  4. Your tea cups are very beautiful, Ruth and I also like the cobalt blue pumpkin. I just love that color....Christine

  5. Your teacups are both beauties, Ruth, and so,s your cobalt blue pumpkin. What a lovely souvenir from your trip. I don't have a teacup to share today, but wanted to come visit.

  6. Appreciate the book suggestion. I will see if my library has it. I was unsure when RA stopped production in England - a shame. Cobalt glass is always pretty. Hopefully next week, I will have a cup to share.

  7. Beautiful teacups, and I LOVE that cobalt blue pumpkin. Thanks for sharing them.

  8. Ruth, I'm not posting a link because my current post is not tea-related. It's Southern Fried Boneless Chicken with all the flavor of my Grandma's regular bone-in fried chicken. I'll be posting a tea (and small teapot) giveaway in a couple weeks. I do love your teacups. Aren't teacups the best sort of souvenir? Nice post about the royal anniversary. I just did the math--they're going on 70 years!


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