Monday, March 12, 2012

Shelley Shamrock and Old Ireland Teacups, Antique St. Patrick's Day Postcards and Shamrock Napkin Ring

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

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!

Have a great day, a cup of tea and enjoy the blog parties I am in participating in below.

Ruth ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Monday Marketplace
Teacup Tuesday
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Teacup Tuesday 
Bernideen’s ~
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tea With Friends
Celia ~  Afternoon Tea
What’s It Wednesday


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Lovely teacups, both!

I hope you tour the brewhouse next time you go - I loved it. I also loved Grafton Street! It was a big challenge to keep remembering limited weight luggage to go home.....which is fancy for saying yo myself "Don't spend too much, Michele!"

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Ruth, your teacups are both lovely. I so love Shelley! The cottage landscape teacup in particular appeals to me as I love to dream about those far away places and imagine myself sipping tea with the yearlings nearby. Thanks for sharing.


Antiques And Teacups said...

Love the Shelly shamrocks, so pertty! And the Old Ireland is different. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Johanna said...

Hi Ruth,
your teacups are really cute. I could imagine that all the shamrock themed items make a pretty collection. Love the napkin ring. Thank you for sharing this treasures.
Best greetings, Johanna

Terri said...

I loved seeing that old Shelley with the Foley name on it too! That is a fab piece for your collection.
The other Shelley is so pretty. It looks like it might be spring, but the coloring reminds one more of autumn. Either way it is beautiful.

Mom Wald said...

Lovely, lovely pieces.

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Ruth,
Your Shelley Shamrock and Ireland teacups are beautiful. Happy
St. Patrick's day! Have a wonderful day.


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