Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TEACUP TUESDAY

Hi everyone,
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 :)

13 comments:

Kristina said...

I love the napkin holder. I used to fill ones like that when I worked a food counter in my Dad's old drug store.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Heather,
Your cups are very sweet and I love how you married the last cup and saucer; very pretty! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your teacup is beautiful! It's funny how our tastes change. I think it's just beautiful and love the detail inside the cup.

Beth said...

Hi Heather! I think your tea cup is a real beauty. The saucer looks nice with it too. Tea really is a nice drink, and a nice tradition, and healthy for us as well. Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Blessings, Beth

aimee said...

I like them! I love Fiestaware so I recognized the company name right away. Have you tried to contact them to obtain more info re: the teacup? They have a Facebook page also...don't know if they can help but maybe??
Blessings,
Aimee

Jill said...

I just love them all! So beautiful!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Blessings
Jill

Vicki said...

Heather, I adore your tea cups! They are just my style, and one of my favorite things to do is mix and match pieces. You are so right. There is something so calming and relaxing about tea time. Thank you for sharing your pretties today. I have some Homer Laughlin pieces, too! Vicki

Jessica Heights said...

They are just beautiful!! :)

Hibiscus House said...

Heather,
I love the napkin holder and the napkins are so cute that you have in it. The tea cup is very pretty! I love, love, love, dishes of all kinds maybe I should follow in your footsteps and collect tea cups...they are very pretty.
Hugs
Dolly

Carol J. Alexander said...

I have a teacup collection inherited from my granny. It lives in the attic because we have 5 boys. But once a year I get it down and host a mother/daughter tea party with my daughter's friends and their mothers. It has become a yearly event and much looked forward to by our friends. Recently, I added my first purchase to the collection. Thanks for sharing. Oh...LOVE the napkin holder.

Under Her Wings said...

I have a tea cup that looks very much like those, Heather. I have tea parties for the 9 granddaughters every other month. Used to be once a month, but with some of them getting older, it's more difficult to find the time to have all of them over. So we just try to schedule around activity. Tea times are wonderful, aren't they?

Mary@The Encouraging Home said...

Hey Heather! I love your teacups..they are beautiful!!

Annesphamily said...

I just love this teacup! So sweet! I love vintage! I have found a few "State" tea cups and recently found one from Utah . It is so sweet. I want to find more! Have a terrific Easter Sunday!