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Monday, July 19, 2010

Tea Cup Tuesday

Hello All, Happy Tea Cup Tuesday!
My cup today was made in Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire, England. How many times have we heard that name before??? Many. That is because this area of England specialized in china. You can visit there today, where there still are many china manufacturers, as well as pottery museum (pottery means china) and factory outlet stores.

One day soon I am going to go there and learn about the history of tea cups in England : )

I love the colors of this cup. It is a bit of a peachy pink, and has a Asian feel the design. The strong reddish orange flowers in the bottom of the cup really stand out. The gold trim makes the cup very regal. It is a lovely cup to drink from, generous and comfortable.

Alfred B. Jones and Son made Grafton/Royal Grafton China from 1900-1972. Eventually the company was called Royal Grafton Bone China Ltd. The term "Royal" was only used after 1949.
The three loop knot was on of the commonly used marks for potters in Staffordshire.

I think that this cup was made somewhere after 1956 but before 1963. The gold numbers on the bottom of the tea cup might be the pattern number. The mark to the left of the number might be a tally mark, a way to identify the person (or group of persons) who worked on it. So they could get credit for it, if it was done well enough to go to sale.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. We have been having record high temperatures and best of all...thunderstorms! Yea!
I want to thank you all for your continued visits and very kind and supportive comments. They really make my day!

If you would like to participate, this is how it goes:
(share one or more of the list below)
Share a tea cup you love
Share the story of how you have it
Share the history of the cup, the backstamp
Share information about tea cups

We love seeing your tea cups. We are always amazed at the gorgeous tea cups you all have!
Once you have made your post, come back here and sign up with Mr. Linky below. All you need to do is fill in the two blanks. Then you will be automatically added to the list and we can come and see your tea cups : )

Thank you for stopping by today and sharing in Tea Cup Tuesday. We love having you come by. By we, I mean Martha and I. Don't forget to go see Martha's post, she always has lovely treasures.
And if you haven't commented and said you would like to be included in this months giveaway, please do so today. I am giving this wonderful book about the history of tea in Britain through the eyes of Jane Austen!



Snap said...

Gorgeous cup and saucer and I agree with the Asian feel ... thought that before I read your comment! Great minds think alike! Lovely flowers.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi Terri, This is a lovely cup this week. And I love your pretty flowers :) I have only a few cups left in my little collection, so I need to find some more so I can continue with these Tea parties! Or, I can start all over again from the beginning, lol :)

Wishing you a very Happy Tea Cup Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Princesa Nadie said...

Really you show a lovely treasure today...In fact I love all tea cups! ...but yours is really precious.
Thank you very much for let me spend a wonderful day watching all that marvelous Tea cups

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

HI Terri,
I have my entry up and posted. I was going to add my link..and I realized that I already did it. I'm still new to this tea celebration...:) :) :) So I hope my entry is okay!! The thought just occured to me that I somehow need to add these antique silver spoons to the photos next time. I got them at a yard sale!!! THey're scuffed up but still very lovely!! I'll commenet more on this post later..I just wanted to let you know I have my tea post up today :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You're always full of interesting info besides having something pretty! Thanks for inviting me to come along! Jacqueline

Beth said...

Terri, Your teacup is really beautiful. You have many lovely teacups to share and I enjoy my visits here. I really loved "going" to Paris with you a few weeks ago! Trip of a lifetime! Hope you get to go to England too.
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Createology said...

Your Tuesday teacup is very beautiful. Your flowers are also beautiful and I love the simplicity of the vase they are displayed in. Happy tea-sipping...

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Terri!

Oh, I do love that teacup and saucer. The color is so soft and beautiful! I do not have any teacups that are "Stoke-on-trent"! Can you believe that!

Vicki said...

Hi, Terri,
Gorgeous tea cup and saucer!! I also enjoyed hearing some of the history behind it. I, too, would love to go to England and visit some of these historic places so famous for their beautiful china. Thank you for being our gracious hostess each week~ Love to you~ Vicki

The Tablescaper said...

What a gorgeous cup. I too love the color, the peachy pink. Just beautiful.

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

Just to let you know, your link to Martha isn't working.

- The Tablescaper

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Terri... What a lovely cup.. and beautiful cheery bouquet!
I have made an ooop on posting and posted an old post on #21 feel free to delete it... sorry!
Thanks for being our hostess!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: Love your cups this week. I really do want to win one of your give aways so please put my name in the hat. Also, email me your address and I will send you one of my cups. Blessings my friend. Martha

Anonymous said...

I fear my post this week is just a bit odd! Yours, on the other hand, is elegent. Your teacup is just so pretty and the information you shared is a keeper. Love learning new things about them.

I loved your camper/art idea. So if you see this weeks Teacup Tuesday post of mine, you may just want to come with me!

Virginia said...

Oh my! You know so mush about teacups,I really don’t know anything just that they are beautiful. The one that you are showing today is gorgeous.
Thank you for all the information, maybe I will become more knowable the more I join in this wonderful tea parties.
Sweet Blessings,

KathyB. said...

This is a very beautiful teacup and looks very similar to the teacup I showed in last Tuesday's post. I am discovering I want to learn more about the makers of the teacups and also the inspiration behind so many of the designs.

Thank-you for hosting this Tea Cup Tuesday, I am having a delightful time!

Linda Vincent said...

How do you get hold of all these lovely teacups Terri? This one is a beauty......

Rita said...

Wow, This one is beautiful, I can just image how good your afternoon tea would taste in a cup & saucer like this. I love seeing what your latest china is going to be. Thanks for Sharing. Hugs Rita xx

Unknown said...

I love this TC&S so pretty and almost Aisan ;ile ;0) Please also include me in the draw for the JA book I love her!

Love Dawn xx

Victoria said...

Hi Terri..yet another super gorgeous post...wow...what beauty!! I love seeing what you share each week..it is truly wonderful that you and Martha share your fabulous treasures!! thankyou for the generous giveway..sure count me in!
Hugs !
Love this tea series...!!Wonderful!

Debbie said...

I just LOVE that cup!! It's like a bouquet of flowers in the bottom of a cup. What a great thing to see when you are done having tea...a beautiful surprise awaiting your eyes....Love it!

Pellie / Penny said...

What an absolutely beautiful teacup.
I love the colors and the flowers - well everything about it is stunning.

Please enter me in your giveaway for the tea book.


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paperbutterfly said...

I would love to sneak into your luggage and go to England with you!! Just being there with the history of the British Isles surrounding you would be heaven and history of teacups on top of that.....sigh.

You already know so much about teacups. Looking forward to you sharing even more!

This teacup is so special because of its design and colour. Thank you for being such a graciaous hostess.
Blessings, Pam
PS I have commented on your give away. Is it rude to say again what a special book this it and I would savour each page as I would savour a warm scone with clotted cream and jam.

Patti said...

That is a beautiful teacup. I only have one like that, where the outside of the cup is not decorated with anything other than a gold line around the middle...but the inside is exquisitely decorated. Really, I have seen so few teacups like that, so they are quite unique.

Thank you for the historical info about the manufacturer. I am amazed at how much you know!! Where have you gotten all that info?

Have a wonderful day.


My Ugly Garden said...

Wow! The detail on this cup is amazing. The peach and gold is so feminine. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece.


Susan Freeman said...

Your lovely flowers are the perfect complement to your beautiful tea cup!! Another perfectly wonderful Tea Cup Tuesday. Thank you!!

Susan and Bentley

kimberly shaw said...

What a beautiful teacup with a fascinating history. I'm so glad to have the time to participate in Tea Cup Tuesday again.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A beautiful cup and saucer. The soft pink is so dainty.

xinex said...

That's a very pretty teacup, Terri. I love the color too and the pattern is very pretty too. Quimper is the manufacturer and it is a French company. I don't know much about it but you can visit Debbie (Confessions of a plate addict) and you'll find out more about it....Christine

Werna Gail said...

Thank you for leaving a comment for me. This is a very regal cup indeed, thanks for all the information about the company.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Terri,
That's a handsome teacup! I love the colours of it and the shape too. Would love to visit England and find out all the info on china teacups and teapots. What an interesting afternoon that would make. As always, an interesting and lovely post. Thank you.


Denise@alloverroses said...

This is a beautiful cup Terri. I would love to visit England someday. Between the English Cottages and the china i would be in my glory!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Terri,
I grabbed a few quick pictures of a tea cup and saucer...I hope that you will come take a look and read my story. Thank you for the lovely invitation today.

I love your cup and saucer...it is beautiful!!! And I love your flowers too! And such an interesting history about everything, as well....how wonderful!

Carrie said...

Lovely design teacup and saucer.
Please include me in the giveaway.

Catherine said...

Another lovely tea cup and saucer. Oh the colors...sigh.
Your photos are wonderful.


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Terri,
Thanks so much for writing--I know it wasn't fancy, but I'm always in the middle of art projects..lol
What a LOVELY party this has been and everyone is so NICE!
You are "the hostess with the mostest!"

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Terri
I love your tea cups selections today! Thank you for entering my giveaway today..good luck!

Janelle said...

Oh, what fun. Would love to win the delightful book.
Best wishes.

Lucinda said...

How do you purchase crepe paper frpm papaerwhimsy --iam not sure how the invitation policy works and how can one become invited

Marlynn said...

Extremely delicate and beautiful tea cup, sweetie. Love it.

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Terri;
What a beautiful teacup! I also love the info you share, you're so knowledgeable. I hope my name goes into the hat for your giveaway, I'd love to win something.
Thanks for sharing!

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