It has been so long since I have photographed a little vignette or participated in a Tea Cup Tuesday post. And here it is a Wednesday! Better late than never, I suppose. My friend Becky posted a darling crocheted tea set yesterday, and I went on from her blog to visit Terri over at Artful Affirmations, one of the hostesses of Tea Cup Tuesday. I am also entering this post into Pamela's "Share the Shelter" Linky Party, over at "A Sheltering Tree".
I bought these tea cups last week. They came in a set of four at St. Vinnie's for $8.00. I gave two sets to my friend, who was in need of some encouragement, and kept two for us.
(She has had a very rough past five years; some of it due to loss and some of it due to the way that she reacated to the loss. I have been doing my best to encourage her when I can, on FB. She is back on her feet and doing well these days, and the thought came to me to gift her as a reward for her hard work. I packed a picnic basket full of the tea cups, several kinds of tea, some mocha instant coffee, several inspirational Christian books that I had on hand, a novel to read for fun, a journal, a pack of colored gel pens and a nice vanilla candle. She was thrilled, and I was blessed to have listened to the Lord's direction.)
Cary and I had some tea the other night, and he found the handles a bit small for his liking, but he sipped his Chai tea as I sipped mine. That was in the evening, and I couldn't get to sleep until after midnight that night! I think that I had better either drink tea in the daytime or make sure that I make a decaffeinated choice.
I really don't know anything about china, nor do I know how old these are. If you do, please let me know, and I will include your comments into this post. I just thought that they were pretty, and the price was sure right.
To see some more pretty dishes and tea cups, please head on over to visit Terri and her friends. And, thank you, Terri for becoming my newest follower! Oh, I have another new follower, Carmelina, and she is having a give-away on her blog, so please head over and take a look after you are all done here.
Your new thrifted tea cups are lovely! I would have bought them too! The coloring is really beautiful on the ivy. And what a great price! I have been looking up the backstamp and I am thinking around 1930s. That is my best guess for when they were manufactured.
You were so kind to give half of them away to a friend!
This was my grandmothers china pattern! It's called Ivy Evergreen but you will usually find Old Chelsea stamped on the bottom. Searches will never usually say Ivy Evergreen either. I looked for over 7 years to try and find the teapot in this pattern. Old Chelsea is actually the shape of the plate design, not the ivy itself, which is why when you search out Johnson Bros Old Chelsea, you get multiple patterns.
It is circa 1940's if I am not mistaken. Made in England, the stamping could be different if you have one that was made for export, or one that was made to stay in England.
Hope this helps! I is truly a lovely design. I have been eating off of them for years. When I found the teapot over a year ago, I got together with my mom and her 2 sisters, and we put the teapot with cups of my grandmothers...so they could talk and get to know each other! I want the teapot to feel loved in it's new home...silly I know.
May you enjoy many happy cups of tea in them! (Maybe on a Downton Abbey night if you are a fan?)
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