A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, November 26, 2018

November tea, Giveaway Winner!

Hello dear friends... I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are in the US. 
Ours, not so much. My husband has been dealing with a post surgery infection, and horrible nausea from the antibiotics. He finished those 2 days before Thanksgiving, so at least was ablt to enjoy the organic turkey breast I roasted for us. But it is now clear it has not cleared up, so back today for lab tests and more antibiotice...
But....we still have so much to be thankful for.

And the winner of the Jan Karon Shepherd's Abiding... via Random.org is

Margie Hunter!
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The following is a repost as I wasn't able to do a new tea post... hopefully next week!
I decided to do a quick tea with a fruit cup and saucer to go with some gluten free chocolate cookies from a baking mix I tried and Pumpkin Spice tea on our small tea table in the sunroom... so...

The first teacup is a Royal Albert Flower Of The Month November Chrysanthemums demitasse cup and saucer...a design you will see often on blogs this month...it is November! That's what's the fun of the series...a teacup for every month's birthdays!

This is from the late 1980s series, and was probably not made in England, because production was being moved to Indonesia at this time into the early 1990s. There are 2 older versions of the Flower Of The Month, and they are all wonderful designs! They were usually made in 3 sizes...the regular, this demitasse size and a teensy miniature size with a cup only 1.25 inches high and a 2.75 inch in diameter saucer! And there are collectors for every size!

This next cup and saucer is also a demitasse or after dinner coffee size, and was made by  E. Hughes in a line called Eucanos in the Somerset pattern only between 1930 and 1941. I love the jewel color fruit, and the heavy 24kt gold hand painted details. Lovely!

The number at the bottom is the British Registry mark, which records when the design was registered. The number is 708568 which identifies the design being recorded during 1924 to 1925, although the mark clarifies that the cup and saucer was actually made later somewhere between 1930 and 1941. The pottery closed in 1953.

For tea...the seasonal blends are coming out. This id the Republic Of Tea's Pumpkin Spice. They had it last year, and I really liked it so was glad to see it again available.  The tin holds 50 round teabags.  Tea Time magazine had an article this week about the re-thinking of the reputation of tea bags by Bruce Richardson you can read HERE.

This is the way Tea Forte' packages their tea. Celebrity Cruises has them at their Cafe' al Bacio...I am addicted to their Organic Estate Darjeeling, which I have a pot of every morning when on a ship.

I also have a cobalt blue art glass pumpkin on the table...did you notice it? This was our souvenir from a week in Alaska on the Ruby Princess last may. In Skagway, we visited Jewell Gardens Organic Gardens & Glass...which was influenced by our local Seattle Chihuly Gardens & Glass and includes a glass blowing hot shop as well...

The pumpkin was available at the gift shop, and they shipped, so I didn't have to worry about carrying it home in my luggage. Most of the time, it lives in one of the windows in our sun room...on the high one, barricaded by other things, so out cat Tinker can't get to it...he rules the other low windows all around the rest of the room.

Thanks for joining me. I had hoped to do Christmas decorating this weekend, so hopefully today when our doctor and lab sessions are done.
Have a lovely week!


  1. Sorry to hear about your husband's infection and the antibiotics' side effects. I've always liked the RA flower of the month teacups and would love to own January (my birth month).

  2. So sorry your husband has a post-surgery infection and has to deal with the nausea. The nausea makes everything so much more difficult.

  3. Your poor hubby, Ruth! The nausea is so difficult to deal with. I'm glad that you both could enjoy your Thanksgiving. Congratulations to Margie, who won your giveaway!

  4. Ruth, I do hope your dear husband can soon be rid of that infection and not have to take any more antibiotics. Nausea is just the worst! This is a lovely repost. I always appreciate your information about the potteries.

  5. I hope your husband gets better...I love your gorgeous teacups and the stunning pumpkin glass.Great giveaway,congrats to Margie!God bless you,dear Ruth!


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