Monday, November 7, 2011

"YOU, ME and SILHOUETTE TEA "

Glorious Sunflowers greeted me HOME...  How lovely !!!!  I'm weary but so happy ... I MISSED YOU ALLThank you for your kind patience, while I was away !!!! Teatime is never quite the same as settled into a cosy corner with my Teacup Tuesday Friends.


Today I herald a cup and saucer that I gleaned in an old antique shop   in  British Columbia, Canada... She was  such a lonely little cup amongst several flowering sets. I was at once attracted to the silhouettes that surrounded the circular beauty. Of course, the  ladies and gentlemen, in period  costumes, in a garden certainly ,stole my heart. The yellow and black colors were also, a plus that just lead me merrily,  down the pathways of curiosity.

The first question that ran through my mind was ... " When was it made"? and  "How old is this cup" ? I'm certainly not an expert in China  but I do have a passion for teatime cups and saucers, so I checked on the bottom.
 Hmmmmm ..... Surprise, surprise.... What is this all about..?  I knew that Paragon was a fine china and    recorded # 705235 on the bottom of the cup . Heavens ...I felt like  a super sleuth or Miss Marple uncovering the " Bone China caper".  




I knew that the pieces were old because the lovely gilded  rim of the china was alittle worn or should I say sublimely lipmarked with ageless sips . Yes there was definately evidence that this cup and saucer  had been used by a grand tealover.. How exciting !!!!

Yes... Sometimes a rough estimate of age may be discovered by the mark on the base of the china....so ...  I searched through the internet  for Paragon heirloom china and  Tah Dah ... I found the answer.

In this case the  backstamp indicated that it was manufactured between 1921  an 1933. How lucky I was to find, such  a fine example of this particular  Paragon edition of " Silhouette" in powder blue.   Yes ...Oh yes... I could be the next Agatha Christie ( hee hee)




Well, my teacup case is closed . I'm wondering,  if you have  solved  any teacup capers lately?  The more the merrier when it comes to teatime delights.  How special is a cup and saucer sipped from  the art deco or early 1900's  era. !!!!  I can tell you that it is fabulous.  I'm savouring every delectable sip through my imagination  ... as the Grand Lady  with my little finger tipped up !!!
 ( Ha ha) 



Your kind visits  were so WELCOMED today... I really did miss you all, Ladies....
  ENJOY your day !!!!



   Incidently, the sunflower  pictures  were taken outside of  my yard in the neighbouring fields.  ... Aren't they glorious !!!!

33 comments:

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I am in LOVE with that silhouette cup!!! Have a great week!

Terri said...

Oh this cup of yours is wonderful! The silhouettes are romantic and the colors so unusual. What a fabulous find! I am glad you are enjoying it so much. It surprises me that it is a Paragon, like my cup today too, I guess Paragon was free with the styles that they created.
Hugs,
Terri

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Trish...Hugs

Zaa said...

SO happy to hear from you Terri... Yes Paragon and their sister company, Star China produced over 30,000 different patterns over a span of 100 years.... Amazing isn't it !!!... Hugs

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

How funny! It is indeed a Paragon week of teacups! Thanks for visiting!
Cheers!
R

Cindy said...

Your cup is gorgeous! What an exciting find! I know the feeling...I solved my own "teacup caper" recently when I purchased a cup and saucer at a flea market that had was backstamped "Austrai MZ" (Moritz Zdekauer!) If you have a chance, check out my post about it. Thanks for your comment on Rudy's "kitty" post!
Cindy

Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
great tea cup with an outstanding decor. Thanks for sharing.
best greetings, Johanna

Zaa said...

Thanks for you kind visit Ruth ..Please do come again..Hugs

Zaa said...

Oh Yes Cindy ..I visited your wonderful post and introduced myself to kitty..( Ha Ha) ..I'll be back to visit...

Zaa said...

Hello Johanna and welcome ...I so enjoy enjoy your visits... Hugs

S said...

I bet it was fun being Agatha and unlocking the mystery of your pretty tea cup. Thanks for sharing.

Zaa said...

Hey Susanne.. Just returned from your delightful posting... Sweet!!! Thanks for your visit here too ...hugs

Sandra Foster said...

Great pictures my friend! Years ago I had some tea cups appraised and was told that Paragon and Ainsley were the best!

Mariette said...

Dearest Zaa,

What a lovely post again, as usual. Great find your teacup from 1933! It is very thin, high quality porcelain and elegant.
Did you ever read my Blogger Tips? You for one with your lovely blog should have far more followers than you do at present. http://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/search/label/Blogger%20Tips
Maybe this is a bit helpful to you.
Love to you,

Mariette

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Zaa: I just love this tea cup. The colors are wonderful. What a great find! I always love reading your pretty blog. Blessings, Martha

Zaa said...

HI Sandra ... Yes , I read the same thing about Ansley and Paragon... So happy to chat with you. my Friend...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Mariette... I appreciate your kind friendship and advise.. I'm on my way over to read your articles.. Bright Blessing Sweet Lady.

Zaa said...

Thank You Martha... I hope you're feeling better . Certainly, Im always excited to visit you for teatime delights...I love the way you post your cups and saucer... Your such an elegant Lady... Hugs

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Zaa,
Oh my, what a charming teacup! I simply love it! I have never seen one like this before and it's a Paragon too. What a stunning find. I'm so happy you have shared it with us this week. Sorry, I'm a little behind in my visits this week as I've been down with a bug. Wishing you a delightful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Zaa,
Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I had to come over to tea time to visit.

The tea cup and saucer are just beautiful! I was lucky enough to inherit my mom's collection of Desert Rose dishes (and use them every day). Your blog is beautiful.

Hugs,
Kay

Zaa said...

Get well soon Sandi ... I'm so excited that you made the effort to share some time here with me at The Grand Lady ... Have an extra sip of lemon and honey tea for good health .. Sending blessing to you ...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Kay .. I'm so familiar with " Desert Rose "..It's one of my favorites..Lucky you .. Please do visit again soon for a teatime chat ...Hugs

Princesa Nadie said...

Nice to meet you and your pretty blog
Hugs

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Zaa,
I found this post remarkable, not only for the original sillouette tea cup and saucer, but also for the text full of humour and detail.
Thanks for your visit in my blog.
Cheers

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Your blog is my cup of tea, ha, ha. Seriously I love tea and collect teacups so this is going to be fun reading your blog. I am a new follower.

Constance said...

What a wonderful serendipitous story! I too love this unique teacup, and I'm so glad it found it's way to someone who will love and appreciate the beauty of such a whimsical vessel. Happy sipping!

Lady Linda said...

Just saw your beautiful cup and saucer. I have never seen anything like this. WOW..lovely.
Linda

Zaa said...

Ladies, Ladies I love your visits... Thanks Princess Nadia...and Marie..It's always such a pleasure to chat with like minded sippers..Come again soon. Hugs

Zaa said...

Greetings Anita.. It so nice to meet you here... I'm coming over right now for a little peek and chat with you ..Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind supportive visit Constance.. Please do come again ..

Zaa said...

Thank you Lady Linda ..

I was quite suprised to find that Paragon had a whole line of this particular pattern called " Silhouette"... I found the identical pieces with cream and sugar online in Powder Blue... so there are afew similiar items floating around.... I'm so glad that you took the time for a quick visit..HUGS

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Zaa,

What an interesting, 'Silhouette', patterned teacup and saucer by Paragon!.., I've never seen any thing quite like this lovely motif!

Simply unforgettable dear lady!

I am very late this week in visiting, yet we always love having you join us for Tuesday Teas. Thank you so much for joining in with the fun once again!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Zaa said...

Sweet Wanda Lee.. I'm so glad that you stopped by... I love visiting your Tuesday Teatime chats .. You pictures are wonderful !!!...HUGS