red and white Christmas

Monday, October 24, 2011

antique tea cup


This plate and cup and saucer are at least 132 years old.


They are part of a set of dishes given to my husband's great grandfather and his
wife for a wedding gift on December 31, 1879.


This china must have been used alot as the plate's design is worn off in spots.
There aren't any markings at all on the backs of the dishes.
I'm not sure what the pattern of rose, blue and green represents.



I have never used these dishes as they are too old and fragile so
they are on display in a glass fronted cupboard.
If anyone knows anything about this pattern I'd appreciate it if you would let me know.

For my afternoon tea I chose this comfortable mug.


Good old jadite. 

I have 3 of these mugs and apparently they were used when my mother-in-law
took a big dinner meal to the workers in the hayfield. 
That makes me smile.

What makes you smile?

Thanks for joining me for


at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Blessings,

Pamela

15 comments:

  1. Hi Pamela,
    what a nice heritage to have such an old china set with history. Alas I don't know anything about the maker. But the patterns looks like roses and wine. I love also the aqua mug. Very nice color. Thank you for sharing your treasures.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  2. Hi Pamela,
    What wonderful and precious treasures you have. The china is such a wonderful and charming pattern but alas, I do not know anything of its origin. Imagine the stories it could tell!
    I love anything aqua so your mug is a winner. Thank you for sharing your wonderful china with us today. Wishing you a most delightful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. It's so interesting when a set of dishes looks like a modern design. I'd never have guessed how old these dishes are by looking at them. (I have a few old dishes that look decidedly modern to me, too.) If I ever find out any information, I'll be sure to let you know.

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  4. What a wonderful heirloom...I wish I had some of my grandparents china. I SO have my grandmother's teacups...You have a treasure! I'm going to see if I can find the Pumpkin Spice Tea. That really sounds good! Nice to meet you!
    Ruth

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  5. I would not use the dishes either. Used one of my great grandmothers teacups, they were so fragile the bottom of the teacup fell off from the hot tea:(

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  6. Pamela.
    Your masthead photos are so pretty!
    I love your grouping and your Canadian flag.
    :)
    I just posted this evening on cameras. I need a new one and need your input!
    Whatever you use is probably what I would like too!?

    I am not sure what the tea cup pattern is here, but it sure is sweet. Love it.

    xx
    Alison

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  7. Hello my friend,
    Your china is so old! Wow, that is old for something to be in such good condition.
    I love your jadeite mug, I almost bought some in white on Sat. maybe I should go get them still. Where did you find the Pumpkin Spice tea? I have never seen that one, I love spice teas, especially in the Fall and Winter.
    Have a lovely day, Cindy

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  8. What a treasure you have to pass down to the next generation. Dishes are so fragile, that to have one from so long ago is quite a gift.

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  9. Oh Pamela that is beautiful!! I am usually pretty good at identifying patterns, but that one I have never seen. Now the Jadite, I love too! My grandmother had a whole set and I remember using it quite often. However, when my parents moved in to take care of her, my mother gave that set away. Now she is just sick over it. It is so collectible. Thanks for stopping by!! You always inspire me with your beautiful photos:-)

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  10. Amazing when dishes survive a century! What a beautiful pattern. Hmm...pumpkin spice tea, I may have to try that. Diane

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  11. Isn't it amazing to receive a family heirloom like these dishes and wonder about all the people that ate from them?
    I remember Jadite mugs and you have my favourite ginger snaps with your tea.
    Judith

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  12. At first sight I didn't think these dishes looked so old, for the design seems more up to date. Shows you that things do come around! They are lovely and what a precious heirloom you have!

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  13. Pamela
    How neat that you have something so tangible from your husbands ancestors. They are lovely, and I wouldn't dare use them either if they were mine!

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  14. Hi Pamela,
    How lucky you are to have such a treasured family heirloom...the cup and saucer are lovely.The fact that they have been in your family so long must make them even more special to you. Wish I was there to enjoy some of that Pumpkin Spice tea with you!
    Your friend,
    Cheryl

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  15. Hi Pamela,
    Wow your china is old and I can imagine the use, chatting over tea cups during a women's quilting bee. I have a couple of those green mugs also, mom always drank from then. Your pictures are lovely,
    cindy

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