A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, My Treasure Teacup, Country Diary For August

Hi ther and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! We are sorta binge watching the Olympics...love the swimming, gymnastics, track and...well..most things! And it has continued to be hot...for us...here, and continuing for the next week as well. Been watering our dwarf Japanese Maple to make sure it makes it... how is it where you are? Hopefully not too much rain or heat!

First of all, I want to do a shout out to Nora at Teacup Tales who posted a few weeks ago about her tea pitcher/diffuser/infuser by Primula, which prompted me to order one...

and we have been enjoying liots of infused water...great way to keep hydrated...the photo here is a lemon brew...just did lemon & strawberry...they last us about a day, and are so refreshing!

I have been remiss the last months not starting out the month with my favorite Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady, but...life happens! I had a birthday last week...so I am definitely vintage! Then there are the Olympics...but here it is...

The reason I try to share the book, is that I get it out at the first of every month...and urge you to find a copy! It is such a window into a bygone era, and I love seeing familiar places...albeit changed...because aout families did and still do live in this area of Warwickshire, England, at the top of the Cotswolds. What an amazing observer and artist Edith Holden was!

The book is full of poems, mottos, quotes, Bible verses and folk wisdom...a joy to revisit often...

But I wanted to share a treasure I haven't ever shared in my 10 years of blogging...it is a family piece. Some of you may remember I  was given my English Nana's teacups at 16...(Emma Bridgewater, my grandmother, on my left sidebar) and this is the pride of her and now my collection.

I suppose this teacup is really a covered chocolate cup, but it is my pride and joy. The 3 piece porcelain set was made by Ernst Bohne Sohne Germany in the 1850s, and is completely hand done...start to finish...and incredibly labor intensive...

Notice the delicate and beautifully twisted handle that becomes twining stems with flowers...

Each little flower is hand made and applied, and there are strong ties between Ernest Bohn and Meissen, as Ernest Bohne was a decorator there before starting his own pottery. Like Meissen, they did the hand applied flowers and hand painted insects..can you see the bug on the cup? They are scattered about...

As is the case with saucers from this era, the saucer is deeper than later ones...and there is much hand applied gold accenting all over the piece.

The mark is the anchor with an E and a B on the shaft....So there is my treasure. I have only had 2 others by this maker over the years, and both, although gorgeous were not...in my opinion...as beautiful as this one, and both also had chipped or missing flowers, which this one does not. I am amazed this made it intact across the Atlantic in a trunk on a ship when she emigrated!  I only wish I had asked where she had gotten it. I know the history of some of the cups she gave me, but not this one...sigh.

Well, I hope you have a lovely week, and thanks so much for joining me for Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am joining:

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  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 I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!


  1. Both you and Bernideen enjoy the books by Edith Holden. The art work is just so beautiful. I must look into finding some copies. Your lidded teacup is just exquisite, Ruth. I can see why you treasure that lovely piece from your Nana. The weather has has changed! We are finally out of the 100's. Thank you for hosting your party and Happy Belated Birthday!

  2. Ruth, your lidded cup is exquisite! It truly is a work of art and so very special that it was passed down from your grandmother. The book is lovely and I'm sure I too would enjoy reading it. Happy Birthday, dear friend, and thank you for sharing your lovely treasure with us. Enjoy your day.


  3. Belated Happy Birthday, Ruth! Your heirloom cup is stunning!

    We've been having a dry and hot summer here so I'm looking forward to the expected rainfall tomorrow. I haven't really been following the Olympics. I went to high school with one of the Canadian kayakers so I'm going to try to catch his event when it airs.

    I'm glad that you're enjoying the Primula infuser system. Love the sky blue colour! Thank you for hosting and hope you have a lovely week!

  4. Hi Ruth,
    I love your heirloom teacup. It's just gorgeous! I do have the same Edwardian book and was given it by my dear mother-in-law who has passed away. It is a treasure. Your Infuser looks amazing too. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Blessings, Karen

  5. Your treasure is just that a precious treasure and so beautiful! Happy belated Birthday!

  6. I have that book and now I'm wondering where it is.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Ruth, what a treasure! I've never seen a cup and saucer like that in my life! Thank you for hosting.

  8. Oh I would love to join your party. I don't have a tea set but I do have tea pots. I'll have to write a post. I came by from Share Your Cup. I really enjoyed your post and meeting you. I've followed you. I hope you can come over and say 'Hi'. I linked at SYC too.

  9. Ruth, This is a gorgeous tea cut set. I`ve research a bit on the internet and in the Victorian age tea was poured into the saucer from the cup to have it cool. It was drunk from the saucer so a deeper saucer would make sense. Sylvia D.

  10. I love that Country Diary! It was inspired me to fo this post today! THanks for hosting!


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