Friday, January 6, 2017

Search for a Pink Tea Cup

This is a long post with a lot of pink. Proceed if you are intrigued I promise it has a happy ending.
Here we go!

I was gifted this pink tea pot by my aunt in July 2016 who had been given it by a relative years before from a vintage shop.
It is vintage, the maker is Sadler, it is a lamp shape pink teapot with pink roses & periwinkle Forget-Me-Nots with gold trim and my research suggested it is 75 years old.  I did include it in my 2017 Tea Time Calendar with a Regency White tea cup and saucer by Johnson Brothers.
The quest was on to find a tea cup that matched the teapot well.  Based on my internet research Sadler did not make tea cups so how to find a match on this pattern?

The cup should at least have pink roses blue flowers and gold trim I thought to myself.

I thought the teapot was a warm pink until I bought this tea cup and discovered it was not really warm at all as this set has a warm white base.

This set has ROSE BOUQUET 22 KT gold border MADE IN ENGLAND F on the bottom. I have not identified a maker.  I have no sense of age on this one.

Having decided a white or pink background would be better I continued my search.

This tea cup & saucer set had white and gold so it was getting closer to what I needed but no roses or pink or blue.

This is a bone china golden wedding anniversary set by Sutherland HM made in England.   I expect that this one is more recent in age.

It was not as good as it could be so I kept my out at thrift shops in hopes of find a better one. I started carrying a photo of the tea pot in hopes of being able to better match it.

This one had a white background, pink roses and gold trim but no blue so we are getting closer.

This one is bone china by Ridgway Potteries made in England. It has Royal Vale and pattern "N" 8138 on the bottom.  I found one reference that suggested a date in the mid 1960s.

This one would work but I kept my eyes peeled.  Most everyone I speak to regularly knows I'm looking for a cup to match this teapot.  There are many eyes at work.

My aunt gave me this one for Christmas this year and I was thrilled.  It has a pink background that matches well with the teapot, gold trim, pink roses and this wonderful scallop edge but still still no blue flowers.

It is marked Queen Anne Bone China England.  The 'Queen Anne' trade name introduced around 1950 was used until the closure of the Edensor Works in 1966. 

Then this one arrived!  Pink background, pink roses, gold trim and blue bachelor buttons.

This one is marked Bone China Colcough F 4 Made in England.  The mark is reasonably rare but the one place was still researching the mark.  Really no idea how old it is but it's a match which is what counts.

Here's the teapot and tea cup and saucer together.  I think it's a great match and it will make it into my 2018 Tea Time Calendar which I will start shooting soon.

Thanks for reading my long post.  It has a happy ending.  Check out my blog give away on my feature post. 

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 Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth.
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  1. Sylvia this is quite a story. I feel like I've seen this pink tea cup, in fact my sister may have one. I didn't know a teapot that shape was called a lampshade teapot but that makes sense! I'm glad it all worked out for you and the two should make a beautiful photo together. What a fun project!

  2. This cute story made me smile. I love when an "In Search Of" quest is conquered! Sadler is one of my favourite teapot makers so I'm swooning over the beauty that your aunt gifted me! My favourites are the HM Sutherland and the Queen Anne teacups. I'm also happy to hear that you're making a 2018 Tea Time Calendar!

  3. Just beautiful! I love your new teapot, and it goes beautifully with your pretty cups. I love the Queen Anne one to, and it is lovely with the teapot. Have a wonderful week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. Hi Sylvia, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, that is how I found yours :-)!
    Your Sadler tea pot is very beautiful! But boy, what a long journey to find the perfect matching cup. But in the end you have been successful and I assume the hunt was as much fun as coming across the perfect cup at the end. You also found some very nice other cups along the way.
    I will sign up as a follower on your blog, now!
    Until next time warm regards,

  5. Sylvia, this sounds like just the sort of quest my mother and I would go on! I think you came up with a wonderful match. I doubt you could find a better match!

  6. Dear Sylvia:
    So nice to have you link and share your lovely treasures and the story behind them. Your Sadler teapot is so wonderful as well! I also love that stained glass angel and what a perfect backdrop she makes!

  7. Oh Sylvia, what a beautiful teapot you were given! All your teacups look so pretty with the teapot, but the one at the end is simply the best! I love your idea of a tea calendar. Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks most sincerely for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~, I appreciate it so, so much, my friend !

    You have such a wonderful blog, I'm going to follow you with much joy, thank you again !

    Enjoy your day with gladness

    Xx Daniela


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