A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea For February...Valentine's Day Is Coming...Antique Valentines

Hello and welcome to the first Tuesday Cuppa Tea for February...it amazing it is here! Seems like it was just New Years Day!

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and I found some wonderful pink items, I decided to do a Valentine's tea this week on my tea table in the sunroom. Would you like to join me?

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
Jane Austen

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

Jane Austen

I set the table with my favorite vintage hand embroidered tea cloth...a teapot on one corner, teacups on another and cream and sugar on the next...

Next, I pinned up the sparkly heart wreath I got behind the table....

The canle holders are milk glass from Antiques And Teacups, and I added some red pillar candles I still have hanging around and silk pink and red fuschia bobeches...or candle rings, if you aren't familiar with that term...

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
Jane Austen

I was so happy to have recently found a gorgeous teapot in the Olympian Rose pattern made by Royal Patrician, who closed in 2009, and whom I miss greatly. We stocked them in our shop...first when we had our bricks-and-mortar antiques and tea items store, and until they closed online. Wonderful things! So sad they are no longer, although a few molds have surfaced made by others.

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
Jane Austen

I am also using a Haviland, Limoges France demitasse size cup and saucer made in the 1900-1910 with designers GDA or Gerard, Dufraissiex and Abbot. I have had several items of this set, but somehow the cup and saucer was misplaced and has just been found...the pattern is absolutely gorgeous!

The fun things you can learn from marks! You will notice, in the mark photo below, the circle mark, which says C. Field, Limoges? This means that Charles Field, had this set made for Marshall Field's in Chicago, a landmark upscale department store...that survived until Macy's bought them in 2005.  They commissioned a lot of fine china, just like Tiffany's did in the late Victorian era.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
Jane Austen

Also on my tea table, is a gorgeous pink Aynsley teacup with a hand painted fruit center and heavy gold overlay from the 1950s...

Aynsley is a favorite English maker...

Aynsley opened in 1775 and was acquired by Belleek in 1997, but the pottery was closed in Longton pottery in 2014. In February of 2015, Belleek announced that someone was interested in buying it for a new pottery venture, but instead it seems to be an art pottery center, and Aynsley is no longer made in the UK. So sad...

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
Jane Austen

On a lighter note, on a plate from the Haviland, Limoges set, are some mini cupcakes I ut together for tea...made them with a yellow cake mix, vanilla frosting, sprinkles and some hearts I found I had in my craft box...so I am set for a few teatimes for goodies for my sweetheart and I.

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
Jane Austen

I am so glad to have you join me. The Jane Austen quotes are because I love her, and have collected them for quite awhile. That girl had a great way of putting things! I would have loved to have had tea with her! She is so funny! I am now sorry I didn't note which book they came from...guess I'll have to read them again!

For more information on any of the pieces shown on Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos.

Here 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! Thanks so much for joining me for tea!


  1. So beautiful Ruth, I adore all of your postcards and your teapot is quite lovely. The little demitasse is absolutely gorgeous!
    Will you take a peek at my latest post and look at my dresser bottles and tell me what you think please? You usually seem to know what is what. Thanks so much!

  2. I agree-can't believe Valentine's Day is headed our way. I'm really looking forward to it this year and have made some Valentine inspired crafts. It is so nice to see your pretty Royal Patrician teapot. I dearly hold my two floral R.P. teacups from my mom. I really enjoyed seeing your vintage postcards. Puts you in the holiday mood! Have a nice week.

  3. Your Valentine tea table is adorable Ruth, the large heart wreath really sets it off. I've brought a few of my things to Florida with us so I can have special teas for me this month.
    The vintage cards remind me of the card exchanges in public school when we'd all decorate a paper bag for our mailbox.

  4. Good morning, Ruth! Your tea for you and your hubby is so sweet! The vintage embroidered tablecloth is perfect for the occasion. I love your teapot and your pretty teacups, along with your yummy cupcakes. The Jane Austen quotes were enjoyable to read! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  5. What a sweet tea table, Ruth! Love the heart wreath! I plan to use mine sometime this month too. Your teacups are so beautiful and I enjoyed all your JA quotes. As you are probably aware, I adore quotes. The valentines are really cute and perfect for your post. They do remind me of elementary school when we decorated paper bags to collect out valentines in. Thanks so much for your wonderful post today and enjoy your week.


  6. Oh, I love the hand-embroidered tea cloth! I once embroidered a set of day-of-the-week towels in an Aunt Martha's pattern called "Fine China" and the designs were similar. Beautiful, as are your teacups. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm a Jane Austen fan too so I enjoyed the quotes that you shared. Your vintage tea-themed Valentines are too cute and your Valentine tea setting is very pretty! Thank you for hosting and enjoy the first week of February.

  8. Hi Ruth,
    I love, love, love that Royal Patrician Teapot. I have never seen one like that before. Such a pretty handle on the lid and gorgeous flower pattern. Your pink Aynsley is so elegant and your table looks lovely today. The Vintage Valentines are so sweet. February is such a happy month. Thank you for hosting Deaer Ruth. Have a Wonderful Week! Karen

  9. Oh how I adore your posts. I am sorry that I have been MIA with my comments - this post is wonderful - the info, the lovely pics of your incredible china, the adorable vintage Valentines, and the JA quotes - just perfect in every way, hit all my favs! : - )

    Have a wonderful week.

  10. AH- ps

    just figured out what happened - apparently I fell off your Followers list - grrrr- that is about the 20th time this has happened. I have no idea why, but it is most vexxing to be sure!

  11. Your Valentine tea party is lovely, Ruth, and I love all the Jane Austen quotes and vintage Valentines. The tablecloth and china pieces are all so beautiful!

  12. Everything is just so lovely! what wonderful Valentine treasures -you have such a wonderful eye -
    just adore Jane Austen- try to reread her work often
    A Very Happy Valentines!

  13. Hello Ruth,
    This is such a lovely Valentine post! You quoted my favorite girl too! The china and the valentines all so romantic and dear.

  14. I love your vintage Valentines. So pretty. And, I love embroidery and noticed your tea cloth first thing. So many pretty teacups, too. Wonderful post to celebrate Valentine's Day. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting.

  15. I've just discovered your beautiful link party and would love to join.
    Your coffee table is perfect decorated for Valentine Day.
    Thank you for sharing.
    (I am also a Jane Austen fan)
    Have a wonderful week, happy Valentine !

  16. Such a pretty teapot and teacups Ruth! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Ruth:
    I especially love your topper. I am so fond of these types of hand embroiderery. I am in Mo. so am just getting comments done using the internet at my kids house. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I'm falling in love....Ansley tea cup.... oh so lovely for February!

  19. Oh Ruth, everything looks so very pretty! This is one of my favorite blog posts that you have done! It just really hit me tonight...lovely.

  20. Dear Ruth:
    I just wanted to let you know that all my tea things are in Missouri now. I took 1 photo before we packed some things that I can use as a link to you and Martha on Monday.

  21. Hi Ruth you know I loved this post, Jane Austen fan that I am. It was also VERY interesting to read about makers of just absolutely gorgeous china who are sadly no longer in business. I would love for you to link this post up on Thursday for the inaugural post of Thoughts of Home on Thursdays. It would be a real treat for readers.
    Have a wonderful weekend! I've linked my Regency tea post up.


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