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Sunday, September 13, 2009

It Must Be Tea-Time Somewhere

"Strange how a teacup can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company."   ~Unkown~

This lovely blue willow teacup is part of an early tea set...probably early 1800's...unfortunately it isn't complete and it has a few chips.  I say..."Oh well" means that this set had a life.  Someone drank their tea from this cup during good times and probably bad.  How many secrets could this cup tell if it could talk? 
The cup itself is on the small side and the saucer is deep.  You don't suppose it's owner poured the tea from the cup into the saucer and then drank from the saucer do you?  I've been told that my great-grandmother drank her tea that way.
I think I will make mine Earl Grey Green and drink from a mug.


  1. I've been collecting a few pieces of Blue Willow for several years now. This is a beautiful set! For me, it's a sentimental thing--my grandmother had a set of blue willow dishes, and I always remember being fascinated by the scenes depicted on the plates when I was a girl. And yes, my granddad used to pour some of his tea into the saucer and drink it from there! Thanks for the visit; you have a lovely blog.

  2. Thank you for stopping by Rose! (and thank you for the lovely compliment) I just started the Meadowsweet blog in August so I am afraid I don't have a whole lot of content yet...but I'm working on it. Drop by again...the tea kettle is always on!

  3. Those little chips etc just show that little cup was well loved! I've really enjoyed visiting your lovely blog!

  4. Thanks Diva! Nice of you to stop by. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog as well...the world of blogging really brings folks together.


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