A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Valentine's Day Retrospect Due To Health

Tuesday Cuppa Tea is a Valentine repeat this week...the second trip to the dentist for pain turned into a trip to my internist with a verdict. Not a tooth problem, I have Trigeminal Neuralgia...or a damaged facial and jaw nerve on the right side of my face, probably exacerbated by the dentist visit for a crown. Have to go back on Wednsday for the permanent. In the meantime, am trying a medication that has lots of side effects and only partly deals with the pain, so...  

First, I found this great video on Facebook and wanted to post it, but can't seem to embed it. It's a fabulous time lapse collage of the life of Queen Elizabeth II  which was done for her 90th birthday and is brilliant!


I post a lot during the week on my Facebook page, and posted this the other day.  So... click here to "Like" my Antiques And Teacups Facebook page if you haven't already.

Now onto happier Valentine things from my Valentine's Day 2013 blog post...the pop up valentine below ia from Kovels.com

Hello and welcome to  my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea looking toward upcoming Valentine's Day. So glad you could join me!

A Valentine tea in the sunroom between our chairs...we have downsized twice because of my husband's health issues, and so have few areas in our sun challenged Pacific Northwest where I can successfully photograph in the winter. But the sunroom is where we always are for morning tea, elevenses and afternoon tea, so....

I put together out tea table there with a pink and lavender theme...

The teacups, below, are all recent finds....

A Royal Albert Lavender Rose teacup from the 1980s...

I, of course, thought of Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage who has this....I have a teapot in this pattern as well...which was made from 1982 until the early 1990s in England, production was moved to Indonesia, and then discontinued in 2008.

This next teacup is by Royal Grafton, from 1957-1961 with pretty pink and white and gold floral overlay. 

Royal Grafton is a trademark of A.B. Jones, Longton Staffordshire England. Royal Grafton and Grafton China were named for the Grafton works which was the name of the pottery.  The pottery closed during the wave of pottery closings in 1972. Their work is lovely. This teacup sold within 2 hours of listing it!

This is perhaps my favorite of the 3 teacups I have for today because it has a design mixing floral and landscape designs...See the roses? Okay, and then there is an English cottage alongside. Isn't that cute???

The cup and saucer is made by Elizabethan, England from the late 1950s and early 1960s. Elizabethan was a trade name of  Taylor & Kent, Longton which operated from 1867.  They were acquired by Churchill in the early 1990s during a potteries consolidation period but only survived a few years before being demolished....sigh...another fine pottery gone....

I love the shape and the brushed gold trim as well.

With so many potteries closing, a few newer, smaller potteries have opened making bone china again in England, and the teapot is by one of those...Springfield China. Hooray! May they last a long time!!!

The pattern is called Dot Rose Chintz and I thought it was perfect for our Valentine's Day tea!  

And this is an antique postcard dating to around 1910. The postcard says:

My Heart
Gold Is Nothing
Happiness Is All

How sweet a sentiment! This is called a Romance postcard and is a Real Photograph that has then been hand tinted. Cool!.

To see either the china shown or postcard at Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos.

I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday and it was so popular I thought I'd add it to this post...lots of time to make these for Valentine's Day....

Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes

Mini Victorian Sponge Cakes By SUNIL VIJAYAKAR
150g (5½oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
150g (5½oz) caster sugar
3 medium eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
150g (5½oz) self-raising flour
300ml (10fl oz) double cream
8-10tbsp strawberry jam
Icing sugar, for dusting
1 Preheat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/ gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 8 spring-form cake tins 9cm (3½in) in diameter. Put on a large baking tray.
2 Using an electric hand whisk, mix the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract, then gradually beat in to the butter mixture, adding a little of the flour. Sift over the remaining flour and
gently fold in until just combined.Divide between the prepared cake tins, smoothing the surface.
3 Bake for about 20 minutes or until risen and golden. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and set aside to cool.
4 Lightly whip the cream to soft peaks then spread onto 4 of the sponge bases, top with a spoonful of jam and sandwich together with the remaining sponges. Dust each with icing sugar to serve.

Lastly, from Tea Time Magazine....their Valentine table set with Rose Chintz ironstone from Johnson Brothers...

And a last teacup stack from me!   ;)    

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day! We are having a combined Valentine's Day and 41st anniversary dinner on Feb. 14th. at our favorite organic fresh foods local restaurant The Alder Wood Bistro. Our anniversary is really Feb. 16th, but they aren't open, so we decided to combine occasions.

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of as my health  permits this week:

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! Depending on my health…I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. What a wonderful and informational post!

    I really like your new teapot - sure do hope that pottery company lasts - it's just too sad how many potteries and how many teahouses have closed since back when.............heart breaking!

    I am SO SO saorry about your tooth/new discovered problem. Ouch! At least now you can know how to treat it - had to be awful - you've been in pain for so long now! : - (

    Have a wonderful week, a very happy St. Valentine's Day.

    Thanks for hosting! ♥

  2. Hi Ruth,
    So sorry to hear about your tooth issue, hope it can be treated quickly and effectively.
    Your teacups and postcards are charming! I especially like the Lavender Rose pattern.
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day this Tuesday!

  3. Thanks most sincerely for hosting, darling Ruth, and thank you for such a wonderful post, I've enjoyed it so, so much, I wrote down the recipe of your Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes !

    In the hope you're getting better very soon - your pain is terrible, I do know it ! - I'm sending blessings of joy on your coming days

    Xx Daniela at - My little old world - ( Dany )

  4. Oh my, dear Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear about the facial nerve damage. I hope all this will eventually be resolved. Thank you for still hosting your party with all that you have going on. Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby. ❤️

  5. Dear Ruth:
    First of all Happy Anniversary! I am so sorry but glad for a diagnosis on your problem is sometimes all that not knowing is terrible! I hope the pain lifts as that's know fun! These teacups are wonderful! The cookies and cupcakes - wow!!! Could you share? Thanks for sharing this lovely post!

  6. Sorry to hear about your pain condition. I hope that you find a treatment option that will help you manage the pain. The RA lavender rose and Royal Grafton teacups are my favourites. This week, I shared a Taylor & Kent teacup so it was interesting to read its connection to the other potteries. Thank you for hosting and Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. Oh dear, hope the dental problem is fixed soon Ruth. The mini sponge cakes would be even better than a large one for a tea party - such a nice presentation.
    Happy Valentine's Day.


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