Monday, August 23, 2010

Tea Cup Tuesday- The Unusual

Hello All, and welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday, a party Martha and I host each week on to showcase some of our favorite tea cups. Today I thought I might show two cups I consider unusual. At least unusual to me.
This first cup was recently given to me by my dearest friend. It belonged to her husbands great grandfather.

I am totally honored to be able to keep this cup for her.
The first reason I think this set is unusual is the vibrant colors used to paint a joyful scene, and it looks as if the entire cup and saucer were hand painted . I love that the trees are vibrant blue! And look at the little butterflies flitting about.
The entire scene uses unusual colors that you do not typically see in nature.

And here is the second reason I think this cup is unusual....it has two backstamps. I have never seen a cup with two before. Have you? I would love to hear from anyone who has. The green stamp is Tuscan China and it appears to be stamped over the brown one. The brown stamp says Lawley's EST. Phillips's 1760 Regent St. P4
I did a little research on the internet, and found through Google UK that Edgar E. Lawley was a successful businessman and philanthropist known for his chain of china and glassware shops, "Lawley's of Regent Street". I am guessing that he sold Tuscan China in his shop and had his stamp on it along with the makers stamp. This makes sense to me anyways. Lawley's is still in business today.
I am guessing that this cup was created after 1936.

Here is a cup that I find unusual for it's color and design. This pedestal cup with the simple loop handle was made in Bavaria.

I really was attracted to the unusual green and gold pattern when I first saw this cup in a dirty old antique shop in upper Ontario, Canada.

That was about 7 years ago, and I still find this cup fascinating.

The pattern seems to look like gold tassels hanging down, with a gold floral type pattern in the bottom of the cup.

This backstamp suggests that this cup was produced in the 1950's.

Don't forget to go over to Martha's and see her china. The link is on her name above. She has the most amazing collection! She will out last me for sure. Many of you ask me where I keep my tea cups....well, let's just say my cups runneth over! I am sticking them all over now. My hutch is far too small : )

If you would like to join in the fun, create a post about your tea cup, tell us about it and then come here and fill in the two blanks below for Mr. Linky and you will automatically be added to the list.
Martha and I totally enjoy visiting all of you and seeing your china. It may take a day or two, but we visit everyone. Sometimes, though, I am unable to leave a comment, or even get to a page for one reason or another. It is a good idea after you link up with Mr. Linky to click on the link yourself and check and see if it gets to your blog post.
Hugs to you all and have a fantastic week!
Terri

101 comments:

chrissy o said...

lovely teacups as usuall
hugs chrissy o

Marie said...

I like them both Terri, both very pretty and dainty. Luv the first one best coz of the vibrant colors.
-marie

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: I just love the first one. It is so beautiful. It looks like a piece of art. I have the second cup in pink. I too think that it looks like it is standing on tassles. Just beautiful this week. Thanks and lots of love, Martha

Holly Loves Art said...

I love teacup Tuesdays! I really like the unusual one with the two stamps... very interesting. It's a really cute one. Have a great day!
Holly

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Good early (3:45 am) morning Terri,
I love your teacups you are featuring today. My favorite, tho, is the first one. It is stunning!
The blue trees are so unusual!
Thank you so much for cohosting this wonderful weekly party! I am having so much fun bringing out my teacups, reminescing and sharing with eveyone and meeting new friends. You are wonderful!!
Warm hugs, Laura

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
You have a very interesting and valuable collection...getting those beautiful Tea Cups I think it's not easy
The first one is really a very unsual lovely cup... I think it's a jewell so I would be very proud having it
Visiting you is a great pleasure for me !
Love

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

I enjoyed these beautiful teacups and your descriptions! I have several "new" teacups purchased on my trip to Alaska and I can hardy wait until I get home and can blog about them.

KathyB. said...

I too very much like the first teacup.Joyful is a perfect description of that cup!If you find out anything about the double stamp please post it, that is very intriguing. The green teacup seems very sophisticated to me, and the kind of teacup a man would drink from.( or a sophisticated lady such as yourself!)

Diane said...

Terri, soooo pretty! I posted my teacup on Sunday when we returned from the Bouckville Flea Market. I must bring it up to the top today! :-)
Thank you for hostessing again!
Diane

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Terri :) These cups are definitely quite unusual, and the first cup more so with the double stamping on it. You are probably correct in saying that the shop owner put his stamp on it as well; certainly good for business, right? The buyer would always know where they purchased their cup from :)

Wishing you a wonderful & happy Tea Tuesday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Beth said...

Terri, That first cup is just awesome! So vibrant and colorful!
Blessings, Beth

Claudia said...

Terri, I have fallen hard for that first cup! The design is so sweet and very different from anything I have ever seen. What a treasure!

xo
Claudia

Cabin and Cottage said...

Yes! Beautiful and unusual cups today! Thanks for the tea party! Jacqueline

Snap said...

Wonderful cups. Love the first one with the wonderful flowers and dainty butterflies and the second for the color and pattern! Happy Tea Day!

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Terri, your tea cups are wonderful. I love the blue trees, so unique. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Kiki said...

Terri...another beautiful post that dazzles my heart!! Sooo pretty! and yes that green one is pretty fascinating..what a wonderfully unique piece! thanks for everything again and i love my book! Blessings and hugs and appreciation for the wonderful soul you are!
Have a happy tea..thanks for another inspiring post!! yay!

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Hi Terri!

Both of these teacups are so pretty but, so different! I love both of them for their uniqueness! That first one is a small work of art. So, different!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Lisa Mdden Bass said...

Terri,
I love this idea of Tea Cup Tuesday, it is so lady-like and feminine. I have to pic-out my cup for next week!
I really like the first cup, it is so unusual.

Lisa

GrannySue said...

All the cups are exquisite, but the 'unusual' one is just amazing. And what a thrill to be able to give it a home.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Terri, your teacups are very nice and yes, unusual! Thank you for sharing them with us. Happy Tea Tuesday!

Blessings,
Sandi

Ida H said...

What wonderful cups you have.
I get so inspired to get more cups as well.
Thank you for a cozy and vintage-like blog.
Hugs Ida from Sweden

parTea lady said...

They are both unusual. The hand painted design of the first cup is quite unique. I also like the pretty green color and shape of the second cup.

Bella said...

Wow, those really are unusual. And very pretty, both of them. That first one is very intriguing - I just love the colors. And I've never seen two backstamps, either.

xinex said...

That teacup is not only unusual but it's truly exquisite. I love tha pattern and colors, so pretty! I like the green one too. You have so many beautiful tea cups, Terry...Christine

Wanda Lee said...

What a delightful theme for this week Terri; 'unusual teacups'!

~Love it!..,

Your teacups as always, are exceptional my dear fellow, Tuesday Teatime friend!~ I especially love the first one, although they are all so very fine!

I have posted a special tribute of sorts for your chosen them this week Terri!..,

This week is also my 45th,'Tuesday Tea For Two'; where does the time go?!

Please do come by to also kindly link up and perhaps also leave note to let me know how you like my pretty little teacup for this week's TCT.., I always so enjoy your comments and visits dear lady!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
@ htp://Theplumedpen.blogspot.com

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Terri
I love the green in the second cup! I have never seen the double stamping either..take care.

Wanda

Sherry said...

Lovely cups! I like the first one a lot. It is just wonderful!
Sherry

Gaby Bee said...

Your teacups are fabulous as usual... especially the first one. Love the pattern and the colors!

Kim said...

Hi Terri, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your nice compliment on my tutu. It's my first and I'm just tickled with it!

I adore your teacup this week. What a lovely collection you have. Thanks so much for sharing!

Hugs! xoxo

Appleshoe said...

Hello Terri- Thank you for visiting and wishing me well. I am doing much better now. Your teacups are splendid but I absolutely love the first one. It is so ‘Happy’ looking. That’s the word that fits! It looks like little gnomes could jump out from behind those trees at any moment. It is adorable. Take care.

Linda said...

Your first teacup looks very precious ..... certainly looks hand-painted. Quite unique I should say!
You have so inspired me Terri - I recently bought a Davenport cup on ebay circa 1850 (interesting; but not very pretty!!)
XX

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

HI Terri...Oh your tea cups and saucers are really nice...and you are right, they're "unusual"...but in a very good way :) :) I like those unique items!! The first teacup with saucer, reminds me of something out of a children's fairy tale...with all the bright colors. I'll bet the person who painted this loved children!!! That's what I like to think anyway :) :) :)

The other one...not sure...but it reminded me of something from the 1950s or 1960s. I have a vintage book of backstamps from various companies..I think the book was printed in the 1940s or 1950s. I got it for FREE at a yardsale...because it was the last hour and they needed to get rid of some stuff. I'll go take a look at it and report back if I find out anything!!!! Have a lovely day. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Loved both the cups you shared this week - but the first one has the most gorgeous flowers and is very unique! Hope you are enjoying our last few days of summer! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Catherine said...

My goodness, both teacups but oh so different.
Delightful photos, thanks for sharing them.

Catherine

Ro Magnolia said...

Oh, I absolutely love that first tea cup. Simply remarkable!

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