Saturday, July 17, 2010

Unusual Shelley China Queen Elizabeth II Teacup and Sequim Lavender Festival

My favorite time of year around here...Sequim Lavender Festival. Our 14th annual this year. Street fair, live music, food court, lavender farm tours, you name's here. Even an impromptu antique fair at a local business parking lot. How cool is that!~!

You can learn more at the lavender festival website:

We went to the street fair etc tomorrow and more things to do today including Jazz In The Alley. Too fun!!

    I added this to Time Was Antiques 
recently and was thrilled when I found it. Shelley China, England is my favorite manufacturer and I have been dealing in Shelley for 20 years. I have seen a lot of British Royal Commemorative cups and saucers, but I have never had one just like this. I LOVE discovering new items from wonderful Shelley.

The sepia photo of the queen is on many of the commemoratives both from Shelley and others. The reason is there are a number of designs/photos that are approved by the queen to be used and companies draw from those designs for their items.

What's different about this cup and saucer is the Ripon shape which was not the one usually used for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, and also the addition of the gold leaf border. The Ripon set often comes with the burnished 22 kt gold foot , trim and handle which this set has. The color is actually a pale yellow which didn't photograph well. All together a special find. I LOVE it!

To learn more about this great Shelley China royal commemorative, visit this clickable link:

Shelley Queen Elizabeth II coronation teacup

Have a fun day and enjoy your local area your local community. After all, you're there!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Romantic Brown Transferware - Window on the Past

I absolutely love transferware...always have. It started when I was in my 20s. I was enthralled by the history and world view of those windows into victorian life and perception. There are loads of people who share my interest. There is a wonderful Transferware Collector's Club website that I love to browse. The patterns & resources are incredible.
This is a great example. This is an antique brown transfer or transferware cake serving plate made by Grindley, England in a pattern called Daffodil...check out the border as well as the brown transferware made in Staffordshire, England...hence the genre name Romantic Staffordshire...with the British Registry mark for 1882. I just added yesterday to  Time Was Antiques. I have stacks of plates in the warehouse from trips to England antiquing I am just getting to. Whew!!!

Transferware is decorative, evocative and highly collectible. A favorite thing is using a harmonious grouping of transferware as wall art. As the main colors are red, pink, mulberry, green, blue, brown and polychrome or more than one color, there is a color for any room available. 

I found a great Blogger site called Nancy's Daily Dish who blogs on a different dish a day. Beautifully done blog. She also mixes in her poetry. I'm following it. Great job.

We are having our SUMMER SIZZLE 15% OFF sale at Time Was Antiques with code 016 at checkout. I have gotta make room!!!

Today is blue and sunny and will be in the 70s...about perfect for us Pacific Northwesters. We are going to have a bit of a day out to go antiquing locally...we do twice a week. Have a few estate sales today and that is always fun.  This week is the l Sequim Lavender Festival which is a BIG deal around here. We always look forward to it! Visits to the various lavender farms...16 in the area, I think, plus a street fair, food and lots of local things include antique shows which, of course, we'll go to. Come visit if you're close!! Sequim Lavender Festival starts Friday, July 16th and runs all weekend. Have a great day! 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Antique Horse Brass Victorian Jockey Fred Archer 1890s

This is a sad tale of the foremost horse racing jockey of the victorian era.

I have just added an antique horse brass I found in England last buying trip of Fred Archer. Fred Archer was born in Cheltenham England in 1857 and had an illustrious horse racing career. He won the Derby a record 5 times. The National Horseracing Museum describes him as "the best all-round jockey that the Turf has ever seen."

Despite his success he suffered from depression and after the death of his wife he committed suicide at the age of 29 in 1886 and passed and legend. There were several famous music hall songs and ballads at the time. What a shame.
This is an actual photo taken of him at the age of 25.

To see more about the horse brass, their history and other horse brasses we have at Time Was Antiques, visit this clickable link:

Antique Horse Brass Victorian Jockey Fred Archer 1890s

    Today is a lovely day for watching the World Cup final between Spain & The Netherlands. It's warm & sunny...70s. After church we had to hurry home so as not to miss the game. My DH, being a Brit and therefore a died-in-the-wool football fan (or soccer to the Yanks) is still keen although England was sent off rather soon for him. Sigh...Should be a great day. Then a walk and who knows what else! We DO have to get some cat food for our cat, Tinker. But what a gorgeous day today here. Hope it's cooled down if you're on the east coast!
Have a great day! 
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