Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Luck Of The Irish, Irish Meanderings

Hello and welcome to my post for the tea related blogs listed at the bottom, as well as a Wednesday vintage blog party.  

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visiting the Irish Guards last year...

As it is close to St. Patrick's Day, I am sharing two very different Irish themed teacups from the archives of Time Was Antiques.

This is the Shelley China, England Shamrock pattern in the Bute shape that was made from 1908-1916. The shamrock was used on several different shapes but this was the first I could locate. They never were around for long, because a lot of folks collect the Shamrock pattern.

This is a Shelley cup and saucer in a landscape pattern called Old Ireland with a cottage that is also pretty neat. This one was made in the Cambridge shape and dates from 1940-1966 when the pottery closed. I always love the landscape patterns. You sip you cup of tea, look at the saucer and dream you were there....

And to go with it, and English EPNS silver plated napkin ring with a shamrock theme dating to the 1930s. Pretty cute! Irish or shamrock themed collectibles are so fun! On St. Patrick's Day, everyone's Irish!

The teacups and the postcards are from the archives of Time Was Antiques.

We have visited Ireland several times, and Dublin is always a favorite. This part of the post is for my husband, a Brit who loves Guinness Stout. Here is the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin where he took a tour...and got samples...I went shopping!

I left he and his buds here, and the ladies went to Grafton Street, the best shopping area in Dublin. We had a great time and ended up at Brown Thomas, one of the best department stores which also has a lovely lunch room where we had a smashing lunch!

Thanks for visiting! And may the Luck Of The Irish be with you!
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy St. Piran's Day... Patron Saint of Cornwall

Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Just in case you didn't know... today,  is St. Piran's Day, commemorating the patron saint of Cornwall...Poldark would have known!

Cornwall is a favorite area of England...and the site of many wonderful holidays over the years...

St. Piram is famous for being credited with discovering tin. The metal was a major reason for the development of the area.

This is Mousehole...pictureseque and we just loved the name!

Fowe, where my husband has cousins we visit...

Polruan, where a niece lives...and a wonderful place for a holiday...

And Poldark is not the only famous literary work set in Cornwall... there is always Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and her Jamaica Inn...a tale of pirates and smuggling....lots of books! The horse brass above is a favorite souvenir of the area. Click on the photo for more info.

Agatha Christie lived and wrote in the area...

 And of course, the famous Cornish Pasties...nothing better!
So happy St. Piran's Day!
I'll have a cup of tea to celebrate!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

St. David's Day Visit Post Reprise 3 Royal Ladies at Fortnum & Mason's

Hi there! It's a celebrating things Welsh, Wales and Fortnum and Mason's for St. David's Day.
St. David is the patron saint of Wales, which is a part of the United Kingdom. Prince Charles is the heir to the English throne and is called the Prince Of Wales...

In my post today, I include some parts of a post I did in 2012 which was very popular, for the Welsh National holiday of March 1st...a celebration of Saint David's Day, the patron saint of Wales.
Daffodils and Leeks are the symbols of Wales.

I didn't have a lot with a Wales theme for St. David's Day, but remembered I had this Shelley China, England rested China souvenir creamer...

The creamer features the coat of arms of that is appropriate!
The creamer is in the Dainty shape, and is hand applied enamel colors on black transferware.
Crested China meant that it had some sort of o symbol, landmark of coat of arms. They were very popular Victorian and Edwardian souvenirs and were made by several potteries, although Shelley made the best quality items.
The mark identifies it a Wileman, which made Shelley starting a few years later. This creamer has the Rd#, or British Design Registry number for 1896, meaning that is when the design was registered, so we know it can't have been made any earlier than that.
The Foley China at the top means it was made at the Foley Pottery Wileman had in the district of Foley in Limoges isn't a specific pottery, but a city that potters worked in.

On Thursday (March 1, 2012), Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge went to one of my favorite places in London for tea and to dedicate a new tea room at Fortnum and Mason's on Picadilly celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.  Because of the day they were presented with bouquets of daffodils, jonquils and narcissus.

This was the first public engagement of the 3 ladies together after William and Catherine's wedding in 2011. The occasion was the unveiling of a plaque that will hang on Fortnum and Mason's commemorating the revitalization of the area of Picadilly and the renaming of the Fortnum, & Mason tea salon as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

Fortnum & Mason for tea is always a must do for us. We stocked their wonderful tea blends when we had our actual antique shop and tea items business before going exclusively online. The company has been owned by the Weston family for over 300 years. My husband is a Weston, but pretty distant relatives of the tea part of the family. Sigh...

Fortnum and Masons has always been famous for over 200 years for their fabulous hampers or baskets that can be stocked to order with wonderful treats and were de rigeur for any type of a picnic, outing or travel. The royal ladies were each given a hamper with individually chosen goodies for the visit, many drawn form the new line of Diamond Jubilee limited edition food items  FandM created for the Queen's special year.

Catherine sampled tea and of course, the chocolates! She admitted to the tea sommelier that she needs to improve when dealing with tea leaves instead of tea bags.

Fortnum and Mason's is one of the several fab food halls in London that we go to every visit. Not only to pick up treats and have tea or find take away if we are staying in a flat, but just to marvel at the artistry of retailing like art and just to see what's there. The others are Harrods, and on a lesser scale the Marks and Sparks (Marks and Spencer's) as well. The photos here are from various visits.

 This was a display of Emma Bridgewater ironstone...a contemporary English potter I love!

 This is Burleigh Asiatic Pheasants, a famous English made pattern of transferware.

And of course, we always have tea. The tower was from a trad tea and the other is a smoked salmon plate with scones and clotted cream my husband had on one visit and I forgot to photo my Coronation Chicken with scones and clotted cream for dessert!

The photo above is from a tea time close to St. David's Day, and I don't know if you can tell, but there were Welsh Cakes along with the scones on the middle tier...
My husband had the smoked salmon appetizer as well...there are lots of choices besides the regular normal English tea menu...

I hope you enjoyed our teatime for St. David's Day!
Have a wonderful week!
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

English Women's Suffrage Anniversary 100 Years

This week was an important anniversary for women in the United Kingdom...

 Suffragette tea cozy by
by Susan Cowper. For more info or to get the pattern,
click HERE
200 years ago, on February 6, 1918 the Representation Of People Act was passed, and women finally were granted the vote...
under certain circumstances....
having to be over 30 and own property.
Full voting rights took a few more years
1928 to be exact.

Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested outside Buckingham Palace in 1914

over 1300 women were arrested during the demonstrations for the vote.

 A milestone to be recognized.

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