Welcome, once again, to Tea Cup Tuesday!
Martha and I are searching our cupboards and cabinets once again...
So we can share our tea cup fun with you!
This time of February, our thoughts turn to the romantic.....
I felt this pink and white frilly corset shaped tea cup
seemed to be just right for a bleak Monday morning before Valentine's
She is beautiful without even trying!
Her lovely spring like bouquets lending a very active and cheery feel.
Just a tiny treat
displayed on a background of flowers.
The sweet tea cup was manufactured by Shelley.
A fine china company well known for their incredible art work on china.
Heirlooms Antique Center has an interesting article on the history of Shelley...
which I must say...is long, curving path from the earliest beginnings in 1822
to their hey day in the 20s with famous Art Nouveau pieces,
and their final days being assimilated by a large conglomerate
which chose to destroy all their pattern molds. Argh!
In the 90s Shelley ended up, after many changes, under the ownership of Royal Doulton.
The backstamp indicates anywhere from 1940-1966.
(UPDATE: Ruth from Antiques and Teacups has informed me that the shape of my cup is the New Cambridge, and did not come into production until 1954, so I can narrow my date by 14 years!
Ruth is an expert on Shelley, which I did not know!
How did I not know that?
Thank you for your help Ruth!
A cup of tea, a cookie and a quiet space.....
It is a loving gift to give one's self,
or to share with another.
Today I am trying out a new tea to me, Val of Pretty Little Rough Patches sent me,
along with a giveaway I had won (sharing soon!).
I had heard years ago that if you needed to have less caffeine in your tea,
then brew it once, give that cup to some one who can have caffeine (lol),
then brew a second cup from the same tea bag. As much as 80% of the caffeine
is in the first 40 seconds or so of brewing. Today I tried this to see...
I love black tea, and as black tea has the highest content of caffeine (20ish to just over 100 mg per cup) I thought it was worth trying.
I found the tea tasty, if only a little weaker than expected.
And I did not notice any negative caffeine effects...Yay!
I hope you are all doing very well and enjoying each day.
Thank you for visiting!
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Martha and I would love to stop by your blog too!