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Monday, October 4, 2010

Tea Cup Tuesday Blues

Hello All!
Time again for Tea Cup Tuesday.
I am so enjoying Tuesdays with you all.
Martha and I are having so much fun sharing tea cups with you!
Before I start though, I have a question for those of you using Blogger. Are you all getting the "Service Unavailable" message lately? Are you getting it often? I am even getting it when I try to comment on blogger's posts. So it may not take my comment at all, or take several tries. Let me know if any of you are experiencing this as well.

O.k....back to Tea Cups! Yea!

Today I am showing you a special cup. Not usually my color. But I do like to pick up cups that I find different. This one is different for two reasons (at least in my humble opinion).

First is its very intense blue coloring (as you can see at the photo above), and all the gold on it. It really does have a great deal of gold details and edges.

As well as the vibrant roses inside and on the center of the plate.

A fancy split loop handle with a small thumbrest.

And here is the second reason it is different to me, it is signed by the artist. This is the first signed piece I have. I know Martha has some, maybe many...right Martha?
Reginald Johnson was only 14 years old when he started working with Doulton in 1923!

This cup was produced by Paragon. This backstamp is a little odd from what I can tell researching it. It could be from 1960-1963. The odd part is that the backstamp looks exactly like the one that began in 63, except that it says "China Potters" instead of "Manufactured by".

Not too long ago I stopped in a thrift store, and I spotted these two beautiful glass tea cups. No saucers, I will have to keep an eye out for matches. I just thought the coloring was gorgeous. They were also only $1. So I brought them home! I am thinking these are depression glassware. I know some of you out there know all about this type of glass. I would love to hear anything you can share with me about these. Thank you so much : )

Thank you so very much for stopping by today.
If you would like to share one or more of your tea cups with us then sign in below with Mr. Linky and you will be automatically added to the list.
Show up your Tea Cup
Tell us how you came to have it.
Tell us about the cup itself, who made it...
We love hearing your stories about your tea cups!

I want to thank all of you for your comments. I do go to all of your posts. Sometimes though, a link won't work and I can not get the info from your profile to find your blog. So double check to make sure your link works after you enter your info into the two blank spaces for Mr. Linky.
I also want to thank all of you who help me out with information about my tea cups, or about photography. I really appreciate all your help.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good evening Terri,
Your blue teacup is very vibrant indeed and very ornate with all the gold trim on it. Quite lovely! I love the aqua colour of the two glass teacups. They do look like depression glass but someone else would know for certain. I always enjoy coming to visit you. You make your post so interesting with all the history of the teacups. Have a lovely week.


Theresa said...

Brilliant blue teacup!I just love it and the glass teacups I am partial to. I have a set of my grandma's glass luncheon ware with matching glass cups but they aren't colored liked yours they are clear. Yours almost looks like a type of depression glass. I can't wait to see if anyone knows more~
All my best for a wonderful week!

Gee said...

Hi Terri,

My, your blue teacup is so stunning. I luv this kind of pattern but as now I dont have one. Thanks for sharing.

Victoria said...

Hi Terri....Woweee...I adore this tea set...super super gorgeous...I love the color so much and it is truly just so lovely! thanks for sharing this beauty!! And thank for your lovely visits! Hugs! they mean alot!
Hope things get better with the computer glitches!!

Lisa Madden Bass said...

Hey, Terri!
First the blue tea cup set if absolutely gorgeous!! Then it seems each one you share has feminine uniqueness which I love!
Second, as I was attempting to send you this message, I received a message through Blogger, three times saying "Service Unavailable 503"--I have been receiving this since Saturday; I have no idea why or how to report it.

Blessing to you,

Createology said...

Beautiful tea cup and I love the intense blue color. Your glass cups are also fantastic. Happy Tuesday tea to you my dear...

Patti said...

What an exquisite teacup, Terri. The blue is a stunningly beautiful shade!! And the rose is gorgeous!!

How neat that it is signed by the artist. I don't know that I've ever seen a signed teacup...I certainly know I don't have one like that.

I love Depression glass, and I think your two teacups are lovely. How amazing that you snagged them for $1 each. That's a steal, girl!!

Finally, not sure if this is what you are talking about, but there are many blogs I am unable to access. I get a strange "operation aborted" message pop up and then it takes me to a "service unavailable" page. I don't know what causes this, because it happens to blogs I've formerly been able to access.

Anyhow, blessings to you.


debi said...

Terri, I love the way the gold pops off the vibrant blue. And the roses are just gorgeous!!!

Your blue glass cups are so pretty too!! Great find!

Beth said...

Hi Terri, I love your turquoise tea cup! It is so brilliant. Simply stunning. I enjoyed the history you shared too and the blue thrift store cups are a pretty find. You really do have some lovely cups, Terri!
Blessings, Beth

BECKY said...

Hi Terri! Gorgeous teacup. Love the flowers and colors! And yes, I've been getting that same very annoying error message for DAYS! It is so exasperating when trying to leave a comment! I've begun to copy and paste my comment, just in case Blogger loses it! I think the beautiful clear cups are Depression glass, too, but I'm not an expert! I hope to join in on Tea Cup Tuesday, if I can get my act together this evening!!

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Terri!

Oh, that teacup and saucer is gogeous! The color is amazing!! I have never seen a signed tecup. now you are going to have me looking for them!

Have a wonderrful day!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Birthday Tea Party at FHC tuesday~
You're invited !
Welcome :)

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

oops , got so excited to be part of this, forgot to say how much i LoVe your glass cups! WoW! that's a deliteful find.. thx for sharing!
i have a matching cup to yours in a deep rose colour - gift for being my best friend's bridesmaid!
and she's doing my b'day lunch on tuesday!
friends for life !
what a gift !

Vicki said...

Hi, Terri,
I love that combination of blue with the pink roses, so very pretty!! I loved hearing the story behind the signature, too. Your depression ware cups are lovely as well. I always enjoy our tea time together, dear friend~ love and blessings always~ Vicki

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks so much Terri! Just lovely, as usual!

The Tablescaper said...

Blue and pink, what could be better?

Thanks for hosting.

- The Tablescaper

Marie said...

Bonjour Terri - Yeay, it's Tuesday! I really love the intensity of that blue teacup and saucer. And having it signed is so special. But I really love the most are the two aqua glass teacups. I'm sure you were surprised to find that they only cost $1 buck each. What a great find!

Eileen said...

I just love your blue tea cup. It's really beautiful. I like the glass tea cups, too. So pretty. As for Blogger - it's been giving me a little trouble, too. It seems buggy here lately.

Doni said...

Sandi, what lovely teacups! I think your blue and gold is a great example, and love those colors! I'll keep an eye out for your saucers too in my area! Who knows, perhaps I'll find some!
Blessings, Doni

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Terri!
That sure is one gorgeous blue and roses teacup! It certainly is Queen worthy! I've never seen a signature on a teacup before and what a special treasure you found!
The glass cups sure look like depression glass to me and do I see little bubbles in them? Not sure but that would make them even older wouldnt it? The shade of blue is amazing and reminds me of beach glass.
I sure enjoyed my visit today!
P.S. I havent had any blogger troubles today but having said that I will now I bet HA!

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

The aqua teacups are lovely. They do remind me very much of Depression glass. I would go to your local library and check out a collector's book on Depression glass. There are hundreds of patterns from that time period...but this reminds me quite a bit of my pink Depression glass plates... Either way, the aqua color is lovely!!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Betty said...

Hi, I am joining your Teacup Tuesday for the first time. I love your blog and your teacups are so pretty.


{oc cottage} said...

The color of those glass teacups is absolutely dreamy!!!

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Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Terri; Your teacup is absolutely beautiful! How wonderful to have a signed piece. What great luck to have found such gorgeous glass cups. Have a great week.

Home and Heart said...

Hi! I love all your beautiful teacups, and the information too!! I use to have the same depression look set on the bottom. They were reproductions, lovely none the less!

Concetta said...

Dear Terri,
Paragon is definitely the favorite teacup of the day - I have seen 2 other posts of these exquisite cups. I think your glass cups are from the depression era - I have pink ones - I have never seen them in that beautiful blue - what a treasure you have found!

KathyB. said...

I love the blue teacup you have pictured! I look for blue teacups at antique stores around here and am usually told they are sold out of them.

I like your Depression cups very much and hope to read more about them, maybe someone will offer you saucers for them.

Thank-you again Terri for hosting this fun Teacup Tuesday with Martha, I am learning so much and having a blast!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

dear Terri, I am speechless looking at your teacup! this is my fave teacup for today! love the blue & roses on it.. and more precious when it has signature on it.. thanks for sharing.

Bookie said...

Yes, your first cup is very unique. The shade is unusal too. Roses...so sweet. Wish I knew more about Depression glass but I don't.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hello Terri :) Your blue teacups are just lovely; I especially love the glass ones! I have not been having any problems leaving comments. Hopefully things with your computer are better this morning :)

Wishing you a lovely Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Claudia said...

Yes, I have been getting that message off and on for a few weeks. It is extremely frustrating, isn't it? Especially when you've typed out a comment and it doesn't go through! I assume Blogger is having some glitches.

Love that gorgeous teacup!


paperbutterfly said...

Hi Terri,
This is one of my favorite colours. It is a vibrant blue!
I was unaware that artists would sign their work. (Though they should, such works of art)I will be turning my teacups upside down to see what I might find.
Thank you for hosting another wonderful teaparty.
Blessings, Pam

Marjanne said...

Hello, I've the same problem on blogspot at the moment, there are days it is so difficult to leave a post!
I love your teacups!!

joanne fox said...

What a wonderful way to share your love of pretty china with so many friends around the world! I enjoyed reading how you got your beautiful teacups, and perhaps another Tuesday I will join in and show you a favourite of my own.

parTea lady said...

Your signed teacup is gorgeous. I really love that blue color and all the gold design. Your glass teacups are also very pretty.

I have also had trouble lately with blogger "service unavailable" issues, difficulty leaving comments and slow blog loading. I wonder what's up with that?

Jann said...

Oh, Terri, your teacup is gorgeous!!!! I love it-it is so richly decorated, and a wonderful blue. And those beautiful glass teacups are beautiful, and my favorite color! Have a lovely Tuesday! Smiles, Jann

Jann said...

PS--I forgot--I am not having any issues w/Blogger at the moment--don't know what might be wrong with your situation, but you probably have already looked this up on the help page--wish I had more info for you!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Terri, how marvelous to have a signed piece made by Doulton. That's fabulous.

I too am having problems making comments on others blogs and I have heard people are having the same problem commenting on mine. Blogger can be frustrating sometimes. I had a difficult time posting pictures today, when in the past it's been easy. Go figure.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I too have been having the same problem with blogger. I thought it was my computer.

I love the 2 tea cups you have shared with us today!!
I adore the colors. The second one is depression glass but I do not know what specific pattern it is but it is beautiful!!


xinex said...

Beautiful tea cups, Terri. I really like the first one, very similar to our Sevres urns. I like the glass too, very pretty color. Yes, I am always gtting the error too, kinda annoying....Christine

Princesa Nadie said...

Your cups are always very special...This one is Great!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: I am coveting that cup of yours. It is stunning! I think it is the prettiest cup I have seen in a long time. Your other cups look like depression glass, however, I have never seen teal depression. If they are blue and not teal then, the pattern is Madrid. So this has probably not helped you at all. Thank you for always helping me. Love you lots, Martha

The Vintage Rose said...

Hi Terri, a lovely set indeed- I like this particular shade of blue offset by the roses and gilding. I have a few examples of Paragon. The Paragon China Company was a British manufacturer of bone china from 1919 to 1960, based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, previously known as the Star China Company, and more recently part of the Royal Doulton group. Paragon was noted for producing high quality teaware and tableware, and was granted royal warrants by several members of the British Royal Family.

Catherine said...

Just when I think you cannot possibly impress me more than you already have you bring out this stunner.
Luv it!!!

Laura said...

Oh I just absolutely love those teacups!!!!!!!!!!


Gaby Bee said...

This tea cup is enchanting. Love the vibrant blue with the pink roses. Great color combo!

Linda Vincent said...

Hello Terri...its good to catch up and see your uplifting blog posts.

I'm so glad you liked the digi-journal page :-)
I hope you have a great time in London. Unfortunately the show is only from 7th - 10th October. What a shame!
I wonder how many cups and saucers you'll buy over here ;-)

Unknown said...

Both beautiful items for different reasons and so I can not make my mind up which I prefer

Love Dawn xx

Terri said...

Thank you so much everyone for stopping by and for your comments : )

Pear tree cottage! said...

Hello from Australia, I am a collector of depression glass and china trio's..............and I think I may be able to help you with your lovely bargains, the blue teacups. They look very much like (but hard to see the pattern in the photo) From the Federation glass company 1932-1939 the pattern I believe the patter you have is "Madrid".....however there are reproductions of this pattern called "recollection" being made since 1976 also......either way the blue has always been the most popular one to collect as the true collectors of the original pieces say......it is getting very hard to find and are worth their weight in gold, these beautiful soft old "Madrid" pieces. I think I should start putting some of my pieces on my blog..........just to show the world the beautiful china and glass out there....(smiles)

Hugs from a very wet spring day here in a tiny town in Australia....Lee-Ann

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