Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day, Bletchley Park, World War 1 Teacup Trio, WW2 Tea Cozy

Hi and welcome to Time Was Antiques for Memorial Day in the US...I decided to join Tuesday Cuppa Tea because I have a patriotic World War 1 Royal Albert Crown China, England teacup trio...

https://timewasantiques.net/products/world-war-1-european-war-teacup-trio-no-price-can-be-too-high-royal-albert

https://timewasantiques.net/products/world-war-1-european-war-teacup-trio-no-price-can-be-too-high-royal-albert


The teacup trio was made at the end of the European War...what we call World War 1, and was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Downton Abbey did a wonderful job chronicling the patriotism and optimism at the start of the war, and the shock at the real conditions the soldiers found. The motto on the teacup trio is:

"No Price Can Be Too High
When Honour  And Freedom
Are At Stake"

https://timewasantiques.net/products/world-war-1-european-war-teacup-trio-no-price-can-be-too-high-royal-albert

The design has the British shield and the flags of the allies, including Japan who became one of the main adversaries of WWII. The flags of Belgium, France, Russia and Japan are represented. The color accents are hand applied enamel paint.



 Moving on to World War 2, I was reminded of the incredibly important work done at a seccret location in England, that has recently been totally declassified and is now open for tours...Bletchley Park....


On July 15, 2011, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire to unveil a memorial to the World War II codebreakers who worked here clandestinely and were credited with ending the war 2 years earlier and with the stopping the loss of many more lives. 

https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

Bletchley Park is now run by the National Trust and is available for tours and visits...their website is: 
https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/


http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/topics/enigma

 photo from BBC.co.uk

The Enigma Machine...

http://www.bletchleypark.org/
courtesy http://www.bletchleypark.org/

The Bletchley Park secret decoding work resulted in cracking the supposedly unbreakable German codes. The capture of an German Enigma machine resulted in the code being then worked on another Enigma and Colossus system which was the innovative precursor to today's super computer.

Here is a link to information on the various machines at the Bletchley Park website:

I grew up with stories about the secret work done during the war as my father was part of the secret OSS or Office Of Strategic Services stationed in England with members of MI5 and MI6.  
My father was the head of a traffic intercept station in the Berkshire village of  Hurley-on-Thames, basically eavesdropping on enemy traffic, transcribing or recording it it, and sending on to Whitehall or Bletchley Park for decoding. He was in charge of the detail and lived at the Manor House in Hurley. 
I have a photo I took of the manor in 1990, but it was not with a digital camera, so can't post it.  I did find a photo of his local while there, The Olde Bell, which is one of the oldest pubs in England. We visited the town and took photos in 1992 for my dad and were able to show them to him just a week before he died unexpectedly.


My father was unable to tell my mother where he was...it was just listed as...a village in England...but managed to let her know by referring conversationally to a book he had just read by Leslie Charteris in The Saint series that was popular in the 1940s. He referred to an incident in a book on a page that was set at The Olde Bell in Hurley so she figured out that was where he was.

Winston Churchill credited the work done at Bletchley Park with winning the war.

Account of the Queen's speech, related info of her visit can be found at:
http://www.bletchleypark.org/news/docview.rhtm/646969

https://timewasantiques.net/products/royal-air-force-raf-wwii-silk-tea-cozy-england-vintage-1940s-unfinished
 I have what I call a treasure in the shop...a hand made but unfinished World War 2 silk tea cozy...with an RAF insignia...I have often wondered if it was made from a downed parachute...but have no way of knowing for sure...

https://timewasantiques.net/products/royal-air-force-raf-wwii-silk-tea-cozy-england-vintage-1940s-unfinished
The tea cozy was never padded. Wonderful!

We remember....

Thanks for visiting. I will be joining

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Today, May 24th is Queen Victoria's birthday. She was born in 1819 to HRH the Duke and Duchess of Kent...she is 2 in this drawing....


Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, where William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now living with their family, and a favorite place of ours to visit and have afternoon tea at the Orangery... this is my favorite view approaching the front gates...

 At the time of her birth, Victoria was 5th in line for the throne. She was christened Alexandrina Victoria, and chose to be called Victoria after she became queen, after the deaths of her intervening relatives in the accession in 1837 at the age 0f 18. She led a restricted and isolated life until her accsession, but apparently was able to withstand pressures to be very much a woman of her own...

 

This portrait is by Sir George Hayter, and was done in 1840 shortly after she became queen and ushered in the Victorian era...ultimately becoming Britain's oldest reigning monarch, surpassing her ancestor Queen Elizabeth I. That record stood until Queen Elizabeth 2 surpassed it in December of 2007, and then became the longest reigning British monarch in September 9, 2015. Long may she still reign!


https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/themes/trails/the-patronage-and-collecting-of-queen-victoria-and-prince-albert/the-royal?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=240517&utm_campaign=qvbday

 Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg Gothe (there are various spellings), a 3rd cousin, in February of 1840. They had 9 surviving children and were a devoted couple until his untimely death with typhoid in 1861, plunging the queen into a deep mourning she never really recovered from.  Above is a rare early photo of the couple with all their children at Osborne House, Isle of Wight from the Royal Collection.

https://timewasantiques.net/products/queen-victoria-death-of-albert-1861-memorial-pair-of-brass-dishes-mourning


 This is a pair of 1861 brass mourning dishes from 1861 commemorating their dates together.


Victoria died in 1901, having had her 50 year Golden Jubilee in 1887...

https://timewasantiques.net/products/medal-queen-victoria-golden-jubilee-1887-maltese-cross-commemorative

And her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne in 1897...this is from my personal collection...given me by my grandmother who attended the jubilee festivities herself in 1897 in her native Leicester....


 So wishing Queen Victoria a Happy Birthday...a momentous reign of great progress...I wouldn't like to live among the sanitary conditions at that time, but there were some aspects of beauty, ornamentation, civility and family values that resonate with me still...

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 12th is the 80th Anniversary of the Coronation of George VI

Today, May 12th, is the 80th anniversary of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, parents of Queen Elizabeth II in 1937.


 George's older brother, Edward VIII abdicated in 1937 in order to marry American divorcee' Wallis Simpson, and George became king, really unexpectedly.


 Princess Elizabeth, seen here at age 4 with her father, was not expected to be queen until the abdication made her the next in line for the throne...

 This coronation balcony photo is from the Daily Mail UK archives...

 This is Queen Elizabeth's crown, seen above, which has a platinum frame and 2,800 Diamonds including the Koh-i-nur Diamond which had also been set into the coronation crowns for Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary.  Photo from Royal Collection Trust

https://timewasantiques.net/products/king-george-vi-elizabeth-coronation-1937-official-program-deluxe-version

This is an actual original programme for the coronation which includes a street map of the route as well as description of all the coronation participants so so you could follow along... and below is the official photograph of Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret from the program...darling photo...both photos from Time Was Antiques

 A day that changed their lives, and actually changed the history of the British people, right through to today.
God Bless the Queen!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte!

Today, May 2nd, is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana's 2nd birthday. The monarchy released this new photo...

 Born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on May 2, 2015...to join her older brother Prince George...



Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte! We have a few of her birth mugs from that date left at Time Was Antiques...

https://timewasantiques.net/products/princess-charlotte-birth-william-kate-2017-royal-birth-english-bone-china

https://timewasantiques.net/products/princess-charlotte-birth-william-kate-2017-royal-birth-english-bone-china

So raising a cup of tea in honour of the little princess! 

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Anniversary April 29th


It is sort of one of those "Where were you..." moments... April 29, 2011, when Prince William married Catherine Middleton. A wonderful pageant indeed...


We all watched and loved it...most with a cup of tea in hand... I know we did....
So Happy anniversary today, April 29th, to the royal couple!

https://timewasantiques.net/products/prince-william-and-kate-wedding-2011-mug-english-bone-china-royal-commemorative

We have a few left of the English bone china Royal Wedding mugs from 2011. We had cups and saucers, but they sold out...and due to an error...I sold mine!!! Oh well...

https://timewasantiques.net/products/princess-charlotte-birth-william-kate-2017-royal-birth-english-bone-china

And May 2, 2015 the family welcomed a second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, so Happy Birthday Charlotte!

https://timewasantiques.net/products/princess-charlotte-birth-william-kate-2017-royal-birth-english-bone-china

We also have a few of the Princess Charlotte birth mugs left as well....


These 2 photos are from Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations on her official 90th on June 21, 2016
So, a special week for the Royal family, and Brits all over...us included!
Thanks for joining me and have a lovely week!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shakespeare Time! April 23rd Shakespeare's Birthday And Death Anniversary

Hello there....and welcome to Time Was Antiques blog...




 I just wanted to pop in today, as April 23rd is the anniversary of both William Shakespeare's birth and his death...The above image is my favorite, although probably decidedly glamorized, but the one below is the more often seen image of Shakespeare...ubiquitous even!
This engraving was made by Martin Droeshout for the First Folio, published in 1623.


William Shakespeare was born in 1564 on April 23rd and dies on April 23rd 1616...amazing coincidence...and what an influence his works have had on the world...

 This is SHakespeare's recreated Globe theater on Southwark on the Thames in London, while the Globe in Stratford is more modern. His plays are still some of the most produced world wide, and quotes from his works are only surpassed by quotes from the Bible as the most used.


Last year, on the anniversary of his death, the Old Vic in Stratford, England...a place we are very familiar with as my husband was born a few miles from there... had a 24 hour Shakespeare reading session with various famous actors called "Tea With Shakespeare". He is certainly a figure recognizable around the world. 
so....
Happy Birthday Shakespeare! 

https://www.antiquesandteacups.net

Something else I am excited about...
the re-launch of my English antiques website


I have changed website hosts, and am very excited about the new one!
I would love you to come by and visit! 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Birthday To you! Queen Elizabeth II is 91 today!

Wishing Her majesty a wonderful 91st birthday today...born April 21, 1926.... so this is her actual birthday. The nation celebrates with her on June 21st, her official birthday...


From the Royal Collection Trust this wonderful photo of the Queen at age 4 with her father King George VI....




 An official portrait from her coronation in 1953, taken by Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon who was married later to Princess Margaret...


Queen Elizabeth's official Sapphire Jubilee portrait by David Bailey from earlier this year ...




And many more!
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