Monday, March 17, 2008


La Tea Da at is hosting a Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon through the end of May with at different theme each week. The directions and topic for the first week: Teacup-a-Story Share a picture of your favorite teacup and saucer; describe it and tell it's history (or make up a story about it's past). Why is it meaningful to you? This would be a good place to share about the details of your teacup collection if you have one.
Oh my! Do I ever have a teacup collection with many stories! My journey in teacup collecting began as a young adult when my Aunt Ida gave me 12 assorted beautiful French, Bavarian and English antique teacups and saucers. She is a very special aunt, now age 94, who had given me an Emily Post Etiquette Book for my 15th or 16th birthday and started me on the path of gracious southern hospitality and hosting and entertaining. I will be forever grateful to her!
As my teacups and saucers grew into a collection, friends and family began adding to it on birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions. I began collecting English china teacup trio sets in 1995 on our first trip to England. A trio is made up of the cup, saucer and plate (a bread or salad plate) and is perfect for serving afternoon tea. On every trip to England, I search at thrift stores, boot sales and tabletop sales for trios. I also search antique malls, flea markets and yard sales at home for vintage English china trios. I have lost count of how many trios and cups and saucers I have, but they are all special because each one has it's own story, it's own special memory.
The top photo shows the 1959 Emily Post Etiquette Book given to me by Aunt Ida. The teacup trio in the bottom photo was purchased in Chipping Campden in the beautiful. Cotswold area of England.


La Tea Dah said...

Linda, I am so glad you are joining our tea blog-a-thon! Your collection sounds very lovely and complete. And the teacups you posted are beautiful! I love the story of your Aunt Ida and how she started you on a journey of southern hospitality and gracious living.


Steph said...

Oh, what a wonderful memory and fantastic story. Thank you for sharing and I can only imagine the joy each teacup brings you!

Storybook Woods said...

You have such a beautiful tea cup collection. Isn't it fun how each one brings back a memory. Clarice

BritGal' Sarah said...

Linda you'd be proud of me, I've had cucumber sandwiches 3 days running now :-)

So typically British I know, but I found an English cucumber and couldn't resist.

I also have collected the teacups from thrift stores to for 20 yrs or so.

Elizabeth Joy said...

How fun it would be to travel to England and search through their thrift stores. Having a plate to go with the cup and saucer would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Gina E. said...

Linda, it sounds like your collection should be in a museum! Perhaps one day you will open your home to the public and charge admission to see your beautiful china! I know I'd pay to see it and so would many of my friends here. I am always amazed when I see the amount of china on eBay in England - and it sells! (probably to Americans like you - lol!)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ohhhh, it's a "trio." Well, I never would have known without reading your post.

I love that green one in the tier looks really old.

Aunts...they're great...especially ones who share their knowledge of finer things with us.


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