I'm a day late with my "Teacup Tuesday" post. Okay, so I posted this photo earlier this week. This is a vintage reproduction napkin holder from the Homer Laughlin China Co. It was made in 1996. Doesn't it have a vintage feel? I purchased it at a yard sale for about $1:
That's one funny looking "teacup". Well, when I went to check who made this napkin holder, I saw that it was made by the same folks who made one of my china teacups. This teacup is made by the Homer Laughlin China Co in the early half of the 20th century. I haven't been able to figure out the exact date of production, but it is a Craftsman style china pattern. So my guess is that it was made sometime in the 1910s or 1920s. If you have any information, please let me know:
I received this teacup from a friend back in 2004. It's funny how I acquire some of my china pieces. However, she asked me if I wanted this. I said "YES", even though I thought this piece was rather ugly at the time. It grew on me, and now it's one of my favorite patterns. Did you notice the secret flower detail on the inside rim of the cup? I just LOVE this kind of detail. Here's a photo of my teacup again, so you can admire the lovely flowers:
There is a slight crack running through this teacup. So it's no longer something I would drink out of. However, it is a lovely cup to put on display. This is the backstamp. Oh what a backstamp this is. It's one of the fanciest backstamps that I have ever seen on any piece of china. I'm sorry about the dirt around the bottom of the cup. It was like that when the teacup was gifted to me. I've not been successful in getting rid of the dirt marks. Inspite of that, this backstamp is it's own work of art:
This pattern is called "Chartreuse". I did find other pieces in this china set at Replacements Ltd. However, I've been unsuccesful in finding out more about the history of this particular china pattern. When you turn the cup around slightly, look at the lovely detail you can find here:
I really love vintage items because of their attention to detail. This teacup is no exception. It's what makes this particular teacup very special and unique.
Most of the items in my china collection are mismatched pieces. When I was taking photos of my teacup, I realized that it would look lovely with this saucer which was purchased for $1 at The Goodwill thrift shop:
The floral detal on my Homer Laughlin China Co. "chartreuse" teacup seems to match the floral detail in the center of this china saucer. Now this saucer is a Grosvenor China pattern. The green and gold detail around the edge of the saucer is what first attracted me to it. Here is a look at the backstamp:
This saucer was made in England by Bristol Festcon.
I really enjoy tea very much: drinking it, collecting china, eating food during tea time, everything about it. There is something very lovely about a nice cup of tea. Maybe it's the people that I get to spend time with. I'm not sure. However, tea always brings joy to my heart. Thank you for joining me today. Please come back again to visit anytime. You are always welcome here.
That is the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs, Heather :)