Monday, March 26, 2012

Tuesday Is Tea Day, Antique Staffs Green Transfer Teacup Trio, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Irish Guards

Hi and welcome to a Tuesday post. I am joining Tuesday Cuppa Tea and the other wonderful blogs (among many others) that are listed at the bottom of the post.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day is an antique Staffordshire teacup trio in a grass green transferware floral pattern. The set was made in the 1870-1890 and I think it's lovely! The set is unmarked, which was quite normal prior to 1891 when potteries were required by law to mark country of origin on their items.  I'd call it shamrock green!

Also on the subject of shamrocks, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William visited the Royal Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day to present shamrocks to the troops.

Apparently, as reported in an article about the visit, 3 guards fainted during the visit. You hear of girls fainting for the Prince, but the guards go down for Catherine!

The Irish Guards are one of 5 divisions of the Queen's Royal Brigade Of Guards, members of each regiment taking turns changing the guard at Buckingham Palace and other royal monuments like St. James Palace and others. The Guards are:
1) Coldstream Guards (have to put that regiment first as my husband was a Coldstream Guard and found the guard at Buck House)

2) Grenadier Guards

3) Welsh Guards

4)  Irish Guards

5) Scotch Guards

All of them are rigorously trained soldiers and all wear the bearskin hats they are so famous for when on duty at the Palace. You can only tell them apart then by their hat and collar insignias and from a distance by the placement of the buttons on their red tunics. At the bottom of the post, you will find a video of the Duchess of Cambridge's visit. It has to be there because I don't know enough HTML to put it in below this but before my list of blog parties. Sigh...oh to be more techie!  Sorry about the ad to start!

I will leave my posts about Queen Elizabeth's Royal visit to Manchester to a bit later in the week or this will be too long!

For more info on the teacup trio at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos.

 Here is the list of blog parties:

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


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I absolutely howled with laughter about so many of the guards fainting with the meeting up with Princess Katherine, hahaha. That's hilarious. (But in all honesty they probably just stood straight and tall and attention too long locking their knees and got weak from lack of blood flow.) But it is definately more fun to think big strong Irish Lads swooning. Heh.

As for everything else you shared -I adore your posts. I always come away smarter, and that is appreciated (and very much needed!)

Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oops coming back to correct myself, it is Duchess, not Princess. It is 1am here, I am tired and being dumb.

Also wanted to come back and say the shy adorable smiles on those young lads around her in your video is priceless.

Duchess Katherine sure is a stunner; classy, graceful and beautiful. Princess Diana must be smiling down from heaven so full of joy for her son and his lovely bride.


Terri said...

Hello Ruth,
What a gorgeous transferware cup trio! That is an amazing color of green.
Thank you so much for sharing your cup as well as the video! How sweet and funny!

Anonymous said...

I really like the tea trio, it looks so delicate, and not a colour you see very often.
I remember being told all about the button placement on the guards' tunics, but as to which is which, I think I need to do some revision!

Beth said...

Ruth, You seem quite enamored of England. I read that your husband studied diamond cutting in England, and now that he was in the guard. He must be a native Brit. Sounds like you also spent some time there. Do you miss England? Love your green and white tea cup, Ruth. Catherine is a graceful young lady with beauty and style. She reminds me of Princess Diana in those ways. She will be a very successful royal.

Snap said...

I love green ... what a beautiful trio! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Ruth,
I absolutely love your green transferware trio! What a gorgeous pattern! Katherine sure is popular and reminds me a another lovely young lady many years ago! Have a lovely day.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

PS~ I meant to also comment on those guards in their handsome uniforms. I have always thought them fascinating and I love their hats!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

How beautiful! Love your green transferware! Gorgeous! What a beautiful tea celebration! Thank you so much for sharing, I hope you have a blessed day,

Zaa said...

Ha Ha .. You're much better than reading the local newspaper...It's fun to catch up on some of local British News... Thanks... Your transfer ware teaset is an absolute stunner... WOW... Such an enjoyable post .... ENJOY your day..Hugs

Ruthie Miller said...

The Staffordshire cup is so very delicate and sweet.
Didn't Kate just look as classy and appropriate as she always manages to do? That gal has style! I appreciate learning something when I come here. Beautiful old cups that I admire so to look at. That old Shelley mark in the previous post I have never seen before,
Come and visit Lady B and me, Dame Ruthie at Lady B's Time for Tea:

Johanna said...

Hi Ruth,
the Staffordshire tea cup in Shamrock green looks wonderful. And Kate is a beauty, too. No wonder, the guys fainted.
Best greetings, Johanna

Micupoftea~ said...

OOoh, love the green and pretty!

Martha said...

A lovely tea cup to be sure and it really would be good for a St. Patrick's Day tea!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Ruth: What a beautiful tea cup you shared with you today. Always the educator. Your blog is delightful. Blessings, Martha

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