Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Aesthetic Transfer Teacup, Knife Rests

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea that I am joining with host Antiques And Teacups.  I am also joining some other tea related blog parties at the bottom of the post.

Today I wanted to share brown transferware again because it is Thanksgiving week. I found that I had this Aesthetic Movement child's transferware cup and saucer with a motif of birds as well as a child with their dog.

The Aesthetic Movement is the name applied to designs with a natural world dynamic, often with framed vignettes and natural subjects. It is usually called English Arts and Crafts in England, And Aesthetic movement in America. This particular cup and saucer was made by Charles Allerton, England between 1859-1870s when the style changed and the designs went out of fashion. I love the child and dog!

As I was leafing through Victoria magazines of old, I came upon an article about knife rests which I thought appropriate for a Thanksgiving week.

Victorians were famous for embellishing everything. The dining table was a great source of their creativity as well as a source of wonder for us now because of the many specialized table items they invented. Not all Victorian gadgets have survived with a following to today, but knife rests have.

Designed as a practical solution to keep tablecloths clean when they were hand laudered, knife rests held your knife or a carving set up off the cloth as the dishes were changed for the many courses or removes of a formal dinner. But they weren't boring! Knife rests have been made out of almost every material imaginable from solid gold to wood, and everything in between. The range from the simple to the incredible. I have added a few from our current stock at Time Was Antiques.

One of the fun things is that they have made a comeback at dinner tables over the last 20 years. We used to sell them only to collectors, but we have been selling them to people who want to use them at their dinner table for a novel table setting. We have even sent several sets on their way to restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, to be used at sommelier tables, which we think is quite fun.  So don't forget that small items can make a design statement at your Thanksgiving dinner, or at any meal from breakfast to dinner to tea! Good things do come in small packages!

For more info on any other the items at Time Was Antiques, just click on the photos.

Enjoy the other blog parties below and many others and don't forget to have a cup of tea with a friend. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. We are truly a blessed people!

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ 
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee
Tea Party Tuesday
Lady Katherine~ 
Teatime Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness


Terri said...

Ruth, your tea cup and saucer today are fab! I have never heard of this style before, it is so interesting. The boy and his dog are precious! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
The knife rests are amazing as well. I have often wished I had some to protect my linen!

Micupoftea~ said...

What a lovely cup and plate...I really like the brown color and sweet scene. Knife rests are fascinating to me, and come in such a fun variety! HAPPY Thanksgiving~

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, how interesting! I never knew there was such a thing as a knife rest! Now I'll have something new to look for when I go antiquing! Happy Tea Time Tuesday!
Cindy @ Art, Books, Tea

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Ruth, I love your brown teacup! What a wonderful and whimsical pattern! I have just noticed knife rests the past couple of years. They are hard to find around here but I would love to pick up a few. Thanks for sharing your lovely teacup and have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Zaa said...

Hi Ruth ..

Your tea set is so very unique ...I love the little birds on it ...I don't think I have every seen this transfer pattern before...
I was so happy to be educated on those lovely knife rests, as I have come across quite a few in my lifetime .It's so very nice to know that they are maybe making a comeback to a few dinner tables ... Your collection is amazing. Thanks for sharing ...Hugs

Sarah said...

I'm smitten with that sweet child's cup and saucer. What a wonderful piece to enjoy among your treasures. And thanks for sharing the knife rests. I find them fascinating as well.

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