A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hooray! Spring is Here! First Spring Teatime

Hello and welcome to spring... finally!

And after all our record snow this year... we are ready!
So, I enjoyed a spring tea in the sunroom... because it actually reached almost 70 outside today! Also a record!

I had found lots of spring things this week, and they combined into a nice tea!

I have a pretty Royal Albert Orange Blossom teacup in the Blossom Time series that features blossoming trees...

The shape on this teacup is interesting, because it is called the Royal Albert Shelley shape. When Royal Doulton took over Shelley and closed it in 1966, it released this shape and named it for Shelley. It is not the same as any Shelley shape, but very reminiscent of several.

And speaking of Shelley, I am also using a pretty pink Roses Shelley Dainty shape teacup that is very fun... because I have never had this pattern in my 30 years of dealing in Shelley China...

The Shelley pattern books are wonderful to identify the name of a pattern... but ya gotta be able to read the number... and on this one, I can't. I came up with about 10 different possibilities and none of them fit. 

Oh well... it's so pretty anyway!

I am sure you noticed my cute little spring chick cookies... I couldn't resist them! They were at the local market from the Seattle Shortbread Company and are gluten free. Very sweet, but fun for a spring treat...

I am using a Victorian era hot water jug or pitcher as a teapot today. The pretty hand painted enamels on transferware design has birds and flowers, with a pewter lid and is in the Aesthetic Movement or English Arts and Crafts style. Love it!

And a pair of candleholder made for sale through Victoria magazine in 1995 in a reissue by Royal Winton Grimwades, England of their famous Welbeck Chintz. There were only 500 made, and all are numbered...

I just love this chintz pattern!

And presiding over the tea table... my church birdhouse... a gift from my husband years ago... that I dearly love!

And, also from Victoria magazine, a spring quote from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...

Have a lovely week... so nice that we have had sunshine, and we are really enjoying the milder temperatures!
Thanks for visiting!


  1. Beautiful post. I enjoy learning from you.

  2. Ruth, what a beautiful quote, one I've never seen before. Beautiful pieces all, but I especially like the "Dainty" cup and the Victoria chintz candlesticks.

  3. Wonderful china! Happy Spring!Blessings,dear Ruth!

  4. The chick cookies are almost too cute to consume!

    My RA Shelley teacup is also on display. Happy First Week of Spring!

  5. Both of your teacups are beauties, Ruth, and I love the hot water jug, too. The chick cookies would be hard to resist. I'm thinking that my one granddaughter and I should try to make some. Happy Spring!


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