It's my first " Teacup Tuesday "
and the china cupboards are all a bustle with gossip... One could almost imagine the cups and saucer clinking together as I make my selection.
I've collect black cups and saucers decorated with roses, since childhood. Last month while cruising Ebay , I happened upon this lovely teaset. At first I thought it was a match for a German collection that I had, but upon closer inspection, realized that it was the predecessor to what is now formally knows as Royal Alberts, " English Rose". I'm sure you might recognize the modern," English Rose" alternative white/red china sets with the circular red rose motifs.
This particular English Bone China( above) heralds a rare persona proudly displaying a more dramatic color contrast. It is very hard to find. The cup boasts a 3.5 octangular mouth so it holds a full plus cup of tea for traditional tea leaf readers and it is black with a thin gold trim. It looks beautiful on the table.
While frantically bidding for the set, I was informed that ladies from Australia and England were also competeing for the prize cups and saucers ... which of course made me sad, as I dearly wished to add to a cup and saucer set that I had inherited from my great Grandmother. Yes it was the same pattern.... I couldn't believe it !!!!
I immediately emailed the vendor, who incidently was called " Grannie and Me" ( Ha Ha)... I chuckled at the coincidence , but never thought for a moment that I would ever possess these beautiful dishes. I infact had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat ... ( Boo Hoo ) Silly Me !!!!
The tale was told that the vendors grandmother was selling off her favorite teaset and she wanted it to go to someone who who would love and cherish it. A little voice inside said " Pick Me, Pick Me " !!!!
Unfortunately ebay stores sell to the highest bidder and I had a budget, so was up front with the lovely lady and disappointedly bid her adieu.
Well the moral of this story is that, "What's meant for you will never pass you by". The next day I received an email, stating that because I lived in the same province, the Great- Grandmother thought it best, to hand deliver the set to the young lady who was completeing her grannies collection ... Hey that young/ older girl was ME !!!!
A week later , family members from " Grannie and Me" delivered the twenty- six piece set . The china had been, ever so neatly, wrapped and packed in a laundry basket ... How sweet is that !!!
I now own this gorgeous set and proudly display it in my tea cabinet... So here's a tea time wish and a kiss to grannies around the world . Thank You, "Grannie and Me" from Ebay... Teatime Fairytales just don't get any better than this.!!!