A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Sweethearts Tea Filled With Love

And a Happy Valentine's Day to you all! A day for love...for anyone and everybody! We can all love and share love...hence joy! And welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

I know I did a Valentine's Tea last week, but as the heart wreath is still up in the sunroom, and we have another reason or occasion to celebrate this week, I have done a second this week, as February 16th is our 42nd anniversary...

So it's a special week for us!

And if you have followed this blog for long, you know I LOVE Shelley China! Recently I found a lot of Shelley in the Queen Anne shape...so art deco!!!! And the coral red enamel daisies seemed perfect for my sunroom Sweethearts tea!

I love the angles of the pieces, and the swoop handles...and the saucers and plates are square...

The hand applied daisies are done in raised enamel paint, hand applied.  I added a few shortbreads I made in a heart shape with red and pink sugar sprinkles...they are my husband's favorite! I am still having back problems, so didn't do a lot this week...but I definitely had to make him shortbread!

The marks are interesting...the pattern is 11497, and the Rd. mark...or Registry mark...means the design was registered as Daisy in 1926. But, with a lot of china sets during the war and post war periods, many of the pieces have the top Shelley mark, whic was only used from 1925-1940, but the teapot stand or trivet, has a mark that was only used between 1930-1932, and mostly only on Queen Anne pieces...so...Sherlock has deduced...that the set was made/assembled between 1926 and 1932. Pretty cool! I love how well Shelley identified and marked their things! Some of the items I got will be for Antiques And Teacups, but some I will keep as well.

I also used 3 of the collection of antique postcards I have...I do love them! I think the comic one on the left is so fun!

I wanted you to know, what with my back, anniversary etc, I will be slow responding this week...and then we are visiting with our out of state daughter, son in law and youngest grandson...he's 21....which we are so excited about! We are meeting in San Francisco where they have to be for a family do on our son in law's side. We can't visit them, because they live in Utah, and since the onset of my husband's Parkinson's Disease he has altitude sickness and most of Utah is 4,300 and above where they are. They come here, but we thought it would be fun to go south and visit there.

This is a photo I took of our 2 kid and spouses on an Alaska cruise we did a year ago together...soo....excited!   Hope you have had a lovely Valentine's Day, have a wonderful President's Day holiday too! 

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. Hi Ruth, Wishing you a Happy Anniversary and Valentine's Day!

  2. Dear Ruth:
    Here's wishing you a wonderful Happy Anniversary and hope you do something really fun this week. Your post is so cute with that teaset which is very unusual. I love your little porch table. I will link tomorrow!

  3. Happy 42nd Anniversary blessings to you and your hubby, Ruth! Your tea for two with your Shelley tea set is perfect. Have fun with your family this week. Thanks for hosting and I hope your back feels better soon.

  4. Hi Ruth! Congratulations on celebrating 42 years of marriage! Your newest acquisitions of Shelley are BEAUTIFUL! Safe travels to California to visit your family. ~ Phyllis

  5. Happy Anniversary, Ruth! Love the black trim on your pretty Shelley tea set. It's fascinating how much pottery info you can glean from some markings! Thank you for hosting and enjoy your family visit!

  6. Happy Anniversary, dear Ruth! Love your wedding picture! How lovely to be able to visit with your family in SF! You have a wonderful week ahead of you. Enjoy! Thanks for hosting.


  7. Thank you for the party - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

  8. Hi Ruth,
    Happy Anniversary Ruth and what a dear pic of you and your hubby! I do love the Shelley china and have never seen it before in my treasure hunting travels. It is perfect for Valentine's Day with those yummy cookies. Your family look so happy and I am sure you will enjoy your time together. I do hope that your back improves too. Take care and Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Karen

  9. Happy Anniversary!!!! I have never seen that Shelley Set. It is so pretty!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Happy Anniversary! Your teaset is lovely and so romantic. Enjoy your visit wit family....Christine

  11. Wishing you and hubby a wonderful anniversary! Your Shelly tea set is beautiful! I just found a Shelly teacup for two dollars at the Goodwill! My first Shelly!

  12. Happy Anniversary! I so hope your back is feeling better for your travels. I have never seen in person Shelley teacup in the Queen Anne shape before. What a collector's dream! The art deco design and patterns is exquisite. Enjoy your time with your family this week!

  13. Happy Anniversary, Ruth, and I do hope your back pain vanishes for the traveling! I love that Shelley china and would certainly never have pegged it as Shelley without your expert descriptions. The design, shapes, colors ... charming!

  14. Hi Ruth! As soon as I saw that picture, I was like wow, look at all the Shelley! So pretty--what a great find! Happy 42nd Anniversary! I hope your back is doing better, especially during your visit with your family. I hope you have a great time!

  15. Hello Ruth, first off, Happy Anniversary! Yay for you two!
    Congratulations also for finding the Shelley set...you must be soooo delighted!
    And you are visiting with your kids, that is wonderful. I hoe that your back does not act up, and that you have a fab time with family.
    Hugs and thank you for hosting!

  16. Happy anniversary, dear Ruth! How beautiful and elegant your tea set is. I am glad to have found your link party and like to take part again. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful week !

  17. Oh I love that china too! Wishing you a very happy anniversary!

  18. That looks like a 70's wedding. I loved the hats! Happy Anniversary!

  19. Ruth, what a beautiful bride -- AND anniversary girl! Happy 42nd to you both!


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