Monday, February 23, 2015

Winter is still hanging on

We had a "January Thaw" day in February yesterday.  During all the years  we lived in Maine we always looked forward to a couple days that were usually called the "January Thaw when the temps stayed above freezing for a couple of days.  Well this year we just had it here in PA in February.  It was up to 38 degrees yesterday and we had a bit of melting.  It was quite pleasant to go outside.  But that is over for another week.... temps will be dipping very low again.  So we might as well have some tea and not worry about it.

      Since we still don't have even a hint of spring and therefore no flowers outside I though I might show these floral tea cups. I showed them several years ago and thought they would be appropriate to show you again.
    They are  "sort of" similar in that they have numerous different flowers all around.  However one is a transfer ware pattern and the other is partially hand painted.

I am showing them on a tray with a pretty little doily underneath.  And including two porcelain flowers.

The cup and saucer on the left is from Crown Staffordshire and is partially handpainted.  I love this one because it has a pretty little pansy on it, one of my favorite flowers.

For information on Crown Staffordshire china you can check out this eBay guide by clicking here.

I am assuming the painted on letters and numbers indicate the artist who added the paint.

This next one is shown on the right on the tray.

   .  It is fromOld Royal China. The pattern name is Swansea.
  From information I can gather Old Royal China was part of a company called Sampson Smith ltd. 
Click on the name to learn more about it.
This company had several names and one was Old Royal China. and this
 particular china pattern has a mark from c.1930-1941.  

 So join me for a cup of tea today and then visit the other tea parties that are taking place today.
            Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.