Thursday, November 6, 2008

Coalport Teacup & Saucer Trio

I purchased this pretty Coalport teacup and saucer trio in Burford, England in 2004. I looked in shops in every little town we visited and finally settled on this trio on the last day of that two-week trip.

Notice the plate is very small and almost the same size of the saucer. When I questioned a gentleman in a china shop about the size of the tea plate he very adamantly told me in his lovely English accent what I already knew because every English hotel and tearoom I have visited uses this small size plate for afternoon tea. He said, "afternoon tea is not meant to be a meal."

We have, in my opinion, "Americanized" afternoon tea into something very much like a meal and tend to substitute it for lunch. I've seen "afternoon tea" served as early as 11:30 am in some American tearooms. And, while I'm on the subject, American scones are too often like cake and sometimes have icing on top! I sometimes wonder what that nice English gentleman would say of that... But, I think I already know. *smile*

10 comments:

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Linda, I also have a Coalport set similar to this and love it.

W. Latane Barton said...

That is a beautiful tea set. You made a wonderful choice. I have four Royal Albert tea cups and saucers that my daughter got me at Harrods when she was in London. I love them and will have to post them soon.

Angela McRae said...

Oh my, this is an exceedingly lovely set! I think those golden curlicues are just so very elegant!

Marilyn Miller, the Marmalady said...

Enjoyed seeing your beautiful trio and reading your comments on afternoon tea.

the voice of melody said...

Your teacup trio is lovely. The details are beautiful. Hope you enjoy it!

Many sweet blessings!

Steph said...

This is a great post, Linda! And where do you store all these gorgeous cups and saucers?

Bernideen said...

Linda: I shall send over some of my scones from yesterday...perfect for your teaset....

Linda said...

I'll be looking for them, Bernideen!

mjenningsdesigns said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL set!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Linda, I really like your blog, I have visited a couple of times. I had this song on my post up until today. Love it. I noticed you refer to your husband as GJ, funny that is what my husband goes by too. Plus.....I to have afternoon tea parties and Americanized it into a meal hahaha. If I am going to go to all the trouble of putting it on, I am going to eat! :)

 

Design by Custom Blog Designs/FreeStyleMama Creations