Monday, December 28, 2015

As the year winds down...........

 


As I sit here writing my post today I realize I have been at this Tea Cup Tuesday thing for quite a while.   I have shown almost all of my personal tea cups and many that I have had or still have out in my antique shop.  And have shown many things I have found at flea markets and other antique shops.

Today I decided I would show you a couple of my FAVORITE cup and saucers.  There are ones I still own.  And will NOT put out in my shop.

I think the reason I love these is because they are not your standard fare.  They are both Royal Albert because that maker will no doubt ALWAYS be my favorite.  And they are primarily black which really makes the designs on them pop.

These are two in a series.  I MUST find more.... maybe when I get back to Canada this year I will find some more.

Without further ado.......... here they are.  Two of the Provincial Flowers of Canada series from Royal Albert.  On the left in the Violet representing New Brunswick and on the right is the pitcher plant representing Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Violet will always be one of my favorite flowers and so this cup and saucer set gets to go first.

This is the information that is shown on the Royal Albert website about this design..............

New Brunswick -The purple violet (Viola cucullata) is a perennial which flowers from May through July. It is stemless, with leaves and flower stocks growing directly from rootstocks.  The flowers of the purple violet have been used in jams and syrups, and are supposed to have properties to soothe the digestive tract and suppress a cough. The flower was adopted as the New Brunswick  floral emblem in 1936, at the request of the provincial Women's Institute. 


 This pretty little flower is featured inside the rim of the tea cup as a little bonus.
 And here is the Mark.

The other set I own if the Pitcher Plant  and here is the information on that one.........

Newfoundland and Labrador - Although it was not declared the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador until 1954, this strange plant appeared on the Newfoundland penny during the late 1880s. The pitcher plant is found primarily in bogs and marshland throughout the province. It has a large wine-red flower with a red and gold centre, and hollow pitcher-shaped leaves are attached to the base of the stem. An insectivorous plant, it feeds off the insects that become trapped inside when the leaves fill with water.   





                                         And here is the pretty little surprise inside the cup. 


                                                              And this is the mark.
I have spent a LOT of time in New Brunswick because we have so much family there and also because we enjoy going there.  I have never been to Newfoundland.  Maybe, someday.......


I hope you will all visit me again next week.  You just never know what I will be showing.  Or talking about.


I am joining with the following Tea Parties and blog parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.


12 comments:

Bernideen said...

Dear Beth:
Now these are absolutely beautiful. I do not have any with the black background but I have seen them around. My husband has told me that he likes this type. I can't remember the price of the ones I saw though - whether it was a good price or not. I think you have some really great ones. I am so glad you shared!

Karen said...

Hi Beth
Your two favourites are absolutely gorgeous! Love them. I do hope you visit Canada and find more. Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year too! Karen

Keeper At The Homestead said...

Oh these are just gorgeous!!!

Margie said...

I've always been drawn to black teacups so I LOVE your teacups from the RA provincial flower series. This summer, I found the trillium and dogwood teacups at a church bazaar. I would also love to visit the Maritimes one day...

Martha's Favorites said...

Love the tea cups you have shared today. I know why they are some of your favorites. Have a wonderful New Year's dear friend. Hugs, Martha

Kathy said...

Beautiful cups! Not sure if I've ever come across them myself.

doodles n daydreams said...

These teacups are beautiful and the black certainly makes the patterns pop.

Diana
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Snap said...

Wow! I can see why these RA teacups are your favorite. They are gorgeous. Happy Tea Day!

Ruth W said...

I always think the black backgrounds are so dramatic! And those are lovely! Definitely understand why they are favorites. Happy New Year! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Love, love Royal Albert teacups with black! I went searching for several hoping to do a Halloween tea, but they are rare and a little bit pricier, aren't they? BEAUTIFUL Cups!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Those RA black teacups... swoon! Stunning and so different and elegant.

Have a very happy and blessed new year my friend.
FABBY

Mrs.T said...

Beautiful, beautiful teacups. Love them! I have been to Newfoundland. It is beautiful too!