A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea An Old Country Roses Christmas Tea, Antique Postcard

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for a mid December Old Country Roses Christmas Tea...

I am posting this week and next on Sunday because of Christmas! 
The air has cleared, we have had a few normal showers and it is cold...sounds like December around here!

First of All...my antique Christmas postcard for December 17th...I have been sharing one every day, and will continue until Christmas Day!
A wonderfyl 1902 Embossed German postcard....

My Old Country Roses Christmas tea in the sunroom...and my camera doesn't handle the clouds well and overcompensates! Oh well....

I recently acquired a 71 piece service for 12 with extra pieces. For those of you who don't know, although I can't imagine that any of my teacup friends won't, this is Royal Albert Old Country Roses....I already have some, so some will be available on Antiques And Teacups...

Royal Albert Old Country Roses began life in 1962 and is the single most popular china pattern in the world. Until 1992 it was made in the UK, but after that, as Royal Albert was acquired by subsequent owners, the production was moved to fist Indonesia and then Thailand. There is some rumors that some prouction may come back, but all the original potteries are gons, so...I don't know...The marks can tell you where and when it was made, but it's a bit tricky. I'll do another post on that soon.

We got our annual box of British goodies from BritishFoodShop.com
for Christmas, including these frosted mince pies from Mr. Kipling. Almost as good as home made!

And I addedd some old postcards and gift cards...you know I love those!
This gift card says:

In harmony
may Friendship grow

This postcard from 1910 says:

Best wishes for Christmas
and all happiness
for the coming year

Sounds like a perfect sentiment to me!

This 1907 postcard has the short and sweet greeting of:

Christmas Greetings 

with a snow scene....

And this postcard from 1905 is a mix of styles...an illuminated manuscript with a Renaissance Madonna and Christ Child and art nouveau roses. It says:

May the spirit of this day
live within your heart alway

And that is my hope for you as well!

Have a lovely week, full of the joys of the season!

I am joining...

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous,the first one is my favorite.What a great collection!!!Love your classic and stunning Tea set,I would love to live closer you to buy those wonderful china at Antiques and Teacups shop!But I love aprecciate them here too!Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting!

  2. Is that Christmas tree a crocheted tree??Wow,wonderful!

  3. I love Old Country Roses, I think it's my favorite.

  4. Ruth, I couldn't resist putting up a link with Old Country Roses. I don't have service for 12; just teapot, milk and sugar, 4 cups and saucers. Love it! And I hope it isn't against the rules to add a second link, as I'd like to include my current post with the Royal Albert 'Colours' -- I have just the one cup and saucer.

  5. I love Old Country Roses and I have a coupler of pieces I brought from Madrid last May. Hopefully I can add the teaset.
    Beautiful setting Ruth. Thanking you for the party.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

  6. Old Country Rose has never been a favourite of mine. My Mum has American Beauty and I prefer a mixture of china cups and saucers with blue and white being the favourite.

    I've noticed that the colours in the current Old Country Roses aren't quite "right" if you know what I mean.

  7. I love Old Country Roses dishes and the history. I don't own any, maybe one day. I didn't realize they were the most popular. They are so beautiful. Thanks for hosting this lovely party. Merry Christmas.

  8. Your tea table is so pretty in the sun room, Ruth. OCR is such a beautiful pattern, and perfect all year. Your collection of postcards is so sweet, and thank you for sharing them, and for hosting your lovely party. May you and your hubby enjoy this last week before Christmas, too.

  9. I too love OCR and it always reminds me of my father when I look at it. The pattern is timeless and perfect for any occasion, isn't it? The frosted mince tarts look lovely. Your setting is very charming and thank you for sharing with us this week before Christmas. Praying you and your hubby enjoy a splendid week celebrating the Reason for the Season. God bless you both!

  10. The OCR is one of my favourite patterns too so I was thrilled when my parents gifted me the tea set and plate settings a few years ago. Thank you for hosting and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  11. I too love Old Country Roses and love having my English pieces. Your table looks so lovely with all the Christmas items tucked here and there. Your package of British goodies was very special - enjoy! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

  12. Love, love vintage postcards. Your teaware as always is beautiful. I was wondering what the goodie was, I have never seen them frosted. Yummm!

  13. Such a beautiful Christmas tea, Ruth! I have OCR too. Love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Hugs, Beth

  14. I love the Old Country Roses pattern. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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