Thursday, February 23, 2017

Too Many Teacup Trios?

 Thanks for the comments and questions on my last blog post 
about my most recently acquired teacup trio. 
How many teacup trios do I have?  
I don't know, and it's not likely I'll ever count them.  
Some are stored, and others are displayed here, there and everywhere! 
And, do I have room for more?  
No, but that probably won't stop me from purchasing more. 
The teacup trio in the photo above is Crown Staffordshire "Springtime."
This was my mother's and the only set she had, long before I knew what a "trio" was. 
I was able to collect multiples of this pattern from eBay and other sources.
It's one of my favorite sets of teacup trios to use when serving afternoon tea.  
 I prefer to use the 8" salad plate as the serving plate, 
but many trios I purchased and brought home from  England have
6 1/4" plates, just a bit larger than the saucer.  
The Royal Tara trios below are the smaller size.
I will show other examples in another post.
My trio collecting officially began in September, 1998 when Glenn
and I visited a little antique shop in Chipping Campden in the beautiful
Cotswolds area of England.  I had three matching teacups, saucers and plates in
my hands to pay when the shopkeeper exclaimed I had found trios. 
Since then I have collected English Bone China trios, often finding them
in England at church "tabletop" sales and thrift shops everywhere I travel.
 I often use a combination of trios at the tea table, because
most of my trios are not the same pattern.  
 You may remember, I did a birthday series of blog posts 
in 2015 using twelve Royal Albert "Flower of the Month" sets. 
Below is my table set with Royal Patrician Rose Tree Chintz
This teapot, cream pitcher and sugar bowl are featured on my blog header.  
 I have multiple Christmas trios, including several
matching to set a tables of six or eight. 
So, how and where do I store and display all these trios?  
Hmmm, perhaps that is a blog post for the near future. 

 

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