Monday, April 23, 2012

Fourth Tea Cup Tuesday in April

Another Tuesday, another Tea Cup,  well, three actually.
While visiting my daughter for Easter we found a couple of yard sales to visit on the Saturday we were there.
AND I found some Cup and Saucers to buy.  I was very interested in these because they are from Canada.  My husbands family is from New Brunswick so we always enjoy finding things that represent that area.

This group represents the Canadian Provinces.  The first cup and saucer is one by Paragon that shows all the Provinces and their coat of arms and emblems. This shows the 10 provinces but doesn't mention the three territories.  Maybe they don't have emblems and coat of arms.

Since we have a lot of family in New Brunswick I will show the cup and saucer from the province of New Brunswick first.  It is a Royal Albert teacup and saucer, always a favorite of mine.

I noticed, on the bottom of the New Brunswick cup and saucer,  the mention of "The Loomcrofters."  They are the company that created this particular tartan.  I can't tell you a whole lot about it however I have visited the Loomcrofters.  They are located in a small town called Gagetown that is located on the St. John River.  Just up the road a bit from where my husband's family is from.  We have visited Gagetown many times and visited the Loomcrofters on a couple of different occasions. I know bought a couple of things from them but it was a long time ago and don't remember exactly what but I do remember doing it. 

I found this information on

New Brunswick provincial tartanNew Brunswick was named in honour of King George III, who was from the House of Brunswick. Designed by the Loomcrofters company in Gagetown - a village on the Saint John River - the tartan was adopted as the official tartan by a provincial Order in Council in 1959. The tartan is registered at the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms of Scotland.
The colours are forest green for the lumbering; meadow green for agriculture; blue for the coastal and inland waters; and an interweaving of gold, symbol of the province's potential wealth. The red blocks signify the loyalty and devotion of the early Loyalist settlers and the New Brunswick Regiment.
The brown band commemorates the 'beaver' from Lord Beaverbrook, the press baron who commissioned the first weaving. Although not born there, he published his first newspaper in the province at the age of 13 and always regarded it as home.

 I found one for Cape Breton where I have never been. (It is an island off the coast of Nova Scotia and a part of that Province.)  I already had this little tray to match.  I think I bought it in Canada on our last visit.  It is a different maker but the design is identical. The cup and saucer is Royal Albert, once again, a favorite of mine. 

  And the little tray is made by Adderley.

And here is the information, again from about this Tartan.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAPE BRETON
Cape Breton Island lies off the southeast shore of the province of Nova Scotia, and is a part of that province. But like most Easterners, Cape Bretoners are an independent lot who take pride in their unique heritage.
In 1907, Mrs. Lillian Crewe Walsh, of Glace Bay, Cape Breton, wrote a poem in praise of Cape Breton. She gave that poem to a Mrs.Grant in 1957 who designed a tartan that reflected the poem.
Cape Breton Island tartanGrey for our Cape Breton Steel
Gold for the golden sunsets shining bright on the lakes of Bras D'or
Green for our lofty mountains,our valleys and our fields
To show us, God's hand has lingered
To Bless Cape Breton's shores.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the items I had to show you today.  

After you visit my post   be sure to check out  these other tea posts today.  And please come back again next week!


Martha said...

I simply adore your teacups. We had the privilege of going both to New Brunswick and Halifax last fall! I didn't see any tea cups like that, however!

Terri said...

I love your Canadian tea cup sets! What a sweet way to be patriotic. Each of them are lovely, but I am partial to the first one from Paragon, I do love that company!
Thank you so much for sharing your finds with us.

Barbara F. said...

I enjoyed seeing these tea cups, they are lovely and interesting. I'll be back for another visit. Visting from Tea Time Tuesday. xo

Snap said...

How lovely! Sort of a Canadian history lesson through teacups! Fun post! Happy Tea Day!

Zaa said...

Such a wonderful post... I've recently moved to New Brunswick.. so was delighted to learn all those interesting details about the province..

Fabulous teaset I'll be on the hunt for provincial sets ( ha Ha)
I did ...sooooooo ENJOY this teatime Tuesday with you.


Antiques And Teacups said...

A wonderful set of Canadian Tartanware china! I love them! Nova Scotia is my favorite because it's blue! A great collection to have.

Johanna said...

Hi beth,
that is the beginning of a wonderful collection, I guess. I love the different tartan patterns. Thank you for sharing your treasures.
Best greetings, Johanna

Diann said...

What fun and intersting teacups! I love the different tartans.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Beth,
What a wonderful and interesting post! I was born in New Brunswick and my father is from Nova Scotia so I enjoyed seeing your teacups very much. Both are lovely!
Your info on the tartan was an interesting read too. Thanks so much for sharing and joining me for tea.