Friday, January 2, 2015

English Teacups and Trios on the Mantle

 The Christmas decorations are down and in storage. 
As I put things back in order, I rearranged some of my teacups. 
Two teacup stands remain on the mantle, but I added teacup trios
I hand carried back from several trips to England.
Notice the plates of these vintage trio sets are only a bit larger than the saucer.
 I purchased the pink trio on the left at a church "tabletop" sale 
in Bourton-on-the-Water.  
It is back stamped with 
"By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen 
China Potters
Fine Bone China Made in England L/L
Victoriana Rose"

The trio on the right is one of five. 
Why five?  Because that is how many I found in the 
dirt floor basement in 1998 of an antique shop in Chipping Campden. 
When I carried these up the narrow rough wood stairs to 
the proprietor she said 
"Oh, you found some trios."
That was the first time I heard the word "trio" in reference
to a cup, saucer, and plate. 
This trio has several interesting markings on the bottom. 
It says English Make and has a crown, with a JS marking
and "BON".  There are several numbers, too. I need to research this. 
 The teapot below, on the is a 2002 commemorative teapot
in celebration of  Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. 
I purchased it in Stratford-upon-Avon.  
That was Austin's first trip to England. During that special 
trip, he celebrated his 3rd birthday. 

The lavender trio in the middle is the most expensive
trio I have purchased.  I debated that the trio for a long time. 
I left the antique shop in Burford without it to return later and 
purchase it for 75 Sterling Pounds (not dollars), in 2008. The lady in the shop
informed me it was priced high because it is a Coalport. 

The teapot on the left is a commemorative teapot in celebrations
 of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. 
 I purchased it in Niagara-on-the Lake, Canada. 
 The floral teacup trio on the left is probably from a 
set of "everyday" dinnerware.  It is Colclough, bone china
made in England and is one trio of five I purchased 
when I introduced  Nancy Reppert the "fine art" of English thrift shopping
in Windsor during the "Tea In London" tour. :-)

The trio on the right is Collingwoods,
purchased in 2003 at the antique shop in Chipping Campden
where I found my first trios. 
This photo doesn't show it well, but I receive many 
comments and compliments on this set. 
These and other trios purchased on trips to England
have been featured on my blog before. 
They just haven't been together on my mantle before now. 
Every teacup has a story, but I only know the part from when
they became my teacups.  I would love to hear
"the rest of the story"


Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I love the story about the 3 pieces being call a trio's. I do love it when I can find a plate to go along with a tea cup and saucer! You have many beautiful sets. I have enjoyed seeing how you arrange the different Tea related items.

Marilyn said...

Very pretty.

Nora said...

Nice organization of your teacups. I always enjoy hearing the stories behind where people "found" their cups. Your trio collection is impressive. Happy New Year!

The Victorian Girl said...

I've been wondering how to display my trio using one of the cup and saucer stands and I see you have the perfect solution! Loved hearing your stories.

Joy said...

They look beautiful on the mantel, all together.

Irene Jardim said...

Beautiful organization. I love teacups, specially trios. Your blog is very inspiring.
Do you have any brazilian teacup? If not, I will be pleased in sending you one.
Happy New Year!

Irene Jardim
Piracicaba-São Paulo-Brazil

Rosemary said...

We must go shopping in Windsor again, soon!

Angela McRae said...

I *love* these stories! And I'm somehow comforted to hear that you, too, have debated over the price of some teawares. But you know, I once heard it said we regret the things we don't buy more than the things we do. I am regretting not buying a Herend teacup and saucer I saw at Fortnum and Mason last year in a color that is exclusive to them. I still think it would have made me nervous to travel with it, but worst case scenario is it breaks and at least you tried. Bravo to you for successfully transporting these gorgeous pieces to their new home!


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