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My Vintage Teacup Collection

Updated on May 31, 2017
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Glimpse Into My China Cabinet

My vintage teacup collection is far too beautiful to keep to myself. I want to share them with everyone and provide as much information on the teacups as possible; their place of origin, manufacturer, etc. Even if you are not a collector yourself, the vintage cups are very pretty, and the pictures are enjoyable.

Most of these teacups were inherited from my mother and date back to at least the 1970s. She would serve coffee in them. She never had the accompanying cake plates, so she used a clear yellow Jubilee depression glass plate with them.

Collecting different teacups is fairly inexpensive. A big selection of vintage ones may be found on eBay, RubyLane, and other internet sites. Many are in the $20 to $30 range. Older, very ornate, or scarce ones may be more pricey. Keep looking. You many even find teacups and saucers at local tag sales. You could also purchase cup and saucer sets and start a collection that will some day be vintage.

I have photographed the pottery marks and have them in a separate module below.

Why don't you grab a cup of tea, sit back, and scroll through my collection?

Meadowsweet Teacup and Saucer—Duchess

Duchess-Meadowsweet-teacup
Duchess-Meadowsweet-teacup | Source

Established in 1888, by A.T. Finney and Sons, Duchess is a name they used on some of their porcelain. It's made in Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom. See the photo gallery in this article for the pottery mark.

The cup is 2-3/4 inches high and 3-3/8 inches in diameter. The saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.

Wedgwood England also makes a popular pattern called "Meadow Sweet." The spelling is different, and the design is very different. Whereas the Duchess pattern is delicate flowers on a mostly white background, the Wedgwood pattern is more densely painted with modern, stylized flowers.

Mikasa, Crown Ducal, and Epoch make lesser know "Meadow Sweet" patterns.

Victorian Violets Teacup and Saucer—Hammersley—A Member of the Spode Group

Spode-Victorian Violets
Spode-Victorian Violets | Source

Victorian Violets is a discontinued pattern. This teacup dates back to at least the 1970s when it was purchased.

In the Victorian era, violets and pansies were a very popular decoration for china.

Hammersley and Co. began in 1862 as a china manufacturer at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. It went through several name changes, was purchased by Carborundum Ltd. in 1966, merged with Royal Worcester Spode Ltd. in 1976, and was then taken over by Palissy Pottery Ltd., which closed Hammersley's Works in 1982. From 1982 Palissy and Hammersley production was merged, until its final demise in 1988. The Hammersley name was sold to Aynsley in 1989

An Interesting Comparison of Violet Patterns on Saucers—Hammersley vs. Rossetti

Violet pattern -  one manufactured by Spode and one by Rossini
Violet pattern - one manufactured by Spode and one by Rossini | Source

I only have a saucer for the Rossetti Spring Violets pattern.

I include it here so you can see how similar it is to the Hammersley Victorian Violets pattern.

Hammersley is on your left; Rossetti is on your right.

Both are discontinued patterns.

Do Not Hang Your Teacups Up

Never, ever, store your fine china cups by hanging them by their handle on a hook or peg.

The weight of the cup, pulling on the handle weakens the handle.

If you look closely at any cup, you will see that the handle is a separate piece. The two places where the handle is attached are weak points.

White Bouquet, Aynsley China Ltd.

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Purchased in 1970s —May Be Older—A British manufacturer of bone china, founded in 1775.
Purchased in 1970s —May Be Older—A British manufacturer of bone china, founded in 1775.
Purchased in 1970s —May Be Older—A British manufacturer of bone china, founded in 1775. | Source
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Turquoise with Floral Tea Cup—Aynsley Design # 2958

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Not much information to be found on this vintage teacup and saucer from Aynsley. It appears to be referred to by number, rather than pattern name. Where it is referred to in words, it's usually "Turquoise Blue Rim, Multifloral Design." Also, it comes in burnt orange.

I purposely listed it after the other Aynsley cup so you may see the variety of designs and shapes Aynsley makes.

Yuletide, by Queen's, Rosina China Co. Ltd.

Queens - Pattern Yuletide
Queens - Pattern Yuletide | Source

This vintage cup and saucer have pine cones, holly leaves and berries with gold trim. Yuletide has been discontinued by Queen's.

This particular cup and saucer have an unusual scalloped design impressed in it. It is called "Eros" design. Look closely at the picture.

My mother used to fill this with greens and berries and put it on an end table during the holiday season.

The cup measures 3 inches high and 3 inches tall. The saucer is 6 inches in diameter.

Rosina China Co., Ltd. is located in Longton, UK and was founded in 1941 and still exists today. This cup was purchased in the 1970s.

Royal Albert also makes a pattern called "Yuletide." It's a white background with poinsettias.

Tips for Caring for Bone China or Porcelain

Most importantly, never put your fine china in the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents are too strong and may remove the design and gold or silver trim. The vibrations of the dishwasher may cause the china pieces to hit each other causing hairline cracks or chips. Also, the heat of the water may cause cracking.

  1. Do not scrape food off of the dishes with a metal utensil. Use your hands, a rubber spatula or a dishcloth.
  2. Do not use anything abrasive on the dishes. No rough sided sponges, no cleansers. If you feel you must remove a stain, put baking soda on a very moist sponge and keep the baking soda damp. Rub the spot gently.
  3. Place a rubber pan in your sink so the dishes are up against something softer than the porcelain or stainless steel sink. Makes it a little safer.
  4. Do not use hot water. Use warm water and mild detergent. Hot water could cause cracking or crazing in the glaze.
  5. To prevent staining, wash cups and saucers as soon as possible after serving tea or coffee in them. Try not to let them sit overnight. At the very least, empty the tea or coffee out of them. Remove teabags left on saucers.
  6. For safety sake add a paper doily or thin paper plate between your saucers if you stack them in the china cabinet. Do not stack cups and saucers in more than one layer. Do not put one cup inside another.

Yellow Floral Teacup by Elizabethan Bone China, Ltd.

Yellow Floral Teacup
Yellow Floral Teacup | Source

There is not much information for this cup and saucer, but it's far too pretty not to include. I do know this cup was purchased in the 1970s.

I have tried doing internet searches on the manufacturer, and there seems to be information overload. I keep getting a site of china in the Elizabethan era, rather than the proper noun "Elizabethan." I will keep searching.

Do you have an assorted collection of teacups?

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Springtime Teacup by Staffordshire

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Staffordshire-Springtime-Teacup | Source

It appears Staffordshire has two patterns named "Springtime". Each is reasonably different from the other, not to be confused. The Springtime pattern not shown has more white space with just little floral garlands here and there.

Even more confusing, the Springtime pattern shown was made in an older version with the same pattern but the colors are more muted and vintage looking.

The information on Staffordshire is somewhat confusing as many pottery companies are located in Staffordshire, England.

As far as dating this cup, I know we had it in the family by the 1980s. The pottery mark has the words "Bone China" in it. Staffordshire used this in the 20th century.

Royal Albert, Celebration—The shape of the teacup is the "footed" style

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Royal-Albert-Celebration-teacup | Source

Celebration is a discontinued pattern. It was manufactured between 1980 and 2001. This pattern is very similar to Royal Albert's "Country Rose". Country Rose has yellow roses included in the mix.

Royal Albert also makes a similar design in all blue called "Moonlight Rose". It is beautiful.

Royal Albert was a name used by the T.C. Wild and Sons, Limited. Longton, Staffordshire, England

Vintage Royal Albert Pink Cup and Saucer—Unidentified forget-me-not pattern. Royal Albert has 4 designs named "Forget-Me-Not" and this is not one of them.

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This Royal Albert cup has it's design inside the cup; plain pink outside.The saucer showing the forget-me-not design underneath.
This Royal Albert cup has it's design inside the cup; plain pink outside.
This Royal Albert cup has it's design inside the cup; plain pink outside. | Source
The saucer showing the forget-me-not design underneath.
The saucer showing the forget-me-not design underneath. | Source

Be Careful—Treat Your Fine Cups Well

When adding sugar or cream to your coffee or tea, swirl the spoon around in the beverage without touching the cup.

Rubbing the metal spoon against the porcelain surface will make minute scratches in it, damaging the glaze.

Floral Bouquet by Crown Staffordshire

Crown Staffordshire --Pattern Floral Bouquet
Crown Staffordshire --Pattern Floral Bouquet | Source

White background is punctuated with forget-me-nots, pansies and roses. Gold trim around saucer and cup.

Crown Staffordshire was founded in 1930. They were acquired by Wedgwood in 1973 and in 1985 they discontinued the use of the Crown Staffordshire marking on cups.

This pattern is the discontinued Floral Bouquet (Smooth as opposed to the Scalloped version.)

The saucer is 5-1/2 inches in diameter. The cup is 3-3/8 in diameter and stands 2-1/2 inches high.

A view of the porcelain marks or back stamps on teacups

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Duchess Meadowsweet. Fairly easy to find on online auctions.Hammersley Spode Victorian Violets. Still fairly easy to find pieces.Aynsley Turquoise and White cup, May have been made between 1939 and 1972The mark on the Queen's Yuletide cup is very clear.The mark on the yellow and floral cup; very faint; no pattern information.The porcelain mark on the Staffordshire "Springtime" cup and saucer.This is the Royal Albert "Celebration" porcelain mark.This Aynsley Turquoise Blue Rim Multifloral Design is simply numbered 2958.Crown Staffordshire porcelain mark on Floral Bouquet cup and saucerRoyal Albert has used numerous porcelain marks over the years.
Duchess Meadowsweet. Fairly easy to find on online auctions.
Duchess Meadowsweet. Fairly easy to find on online auctions. | Source
Hammersley Spode Victorian Violets. Still fairly easy to find pieces.
Hammersley Spode Victorian Violets. Still fairly easy to find pieces. | Source
Aynsley Turquoise and White cup, May have been made between 1939 and 1972
Aynsley Turquoise and White cup, May have been made between 1939 and 1972 | Source
The mark on the Queen's Yuletide cup is very clear.
The mark on the Queen's Yuletide cup is very clear. | Source
The mark on the yellow and floral cup; very faint; no pattern information.
The mark on the yellow and floral cup; very faint; no pattern information. | Source
The porcelain mark on the Staffordshire "Springtime" cup and saucer.
The porcelain mark on the Staffordshire "Springtime" cup and saucer. | Source
This is the Royal Albert "Celebration" porcelain mark.
This is the Royal Albert "Celebration" porcelain mark. | Source
This Aynsley Turquoise Blue Rim Multifloral Design is simply numbered 2958.
This Aynsley Turquoise Blue Rim Multifloral Design is simply numbered 2958. | Source
Crown Staffordshire porcelain mark on Floral Bouquet cup and saucer
Crown Staffordshire porcelain mark on Floral Bouquet cup and saucer | Source
Royal Albert has used numerous porcelain marks over the years.
Royal Albert has used numerous porcelain marks over the years. | Source

Here are links to pottery mark information

These are some very good sites for analyzing your pottery marks

What's your favorite cup and saucer design?

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    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I don't actively search for them, but if I see one I love, I'll get it.

      Interesting and lovely lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I think that my collecting days are over. I have been giving away a few now. I know that if I saw one I really cared for though, I'd buy it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your tea cup collection with us :)

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      You have a wonderful teacup collection.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How very delightful and, yes, your teacups and saucers are too beautiful to keep to yourself! You have shared them beautifully, my favorite is your Aynsley White Bouquet on Turquoise, the word 'charming' comes to mind and that would have to be the security word if we still had them.

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      NaturalVamp 5 years ago

      I haven't collected them seriously but when I see one I want, I try to get it dahling.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Well Yes, after reading this lens - Great lens.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      The turquoise and white cup is amazing, thanks for sharing your collection

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I think teacups are charming, but I just don't have the room for a teacup collection.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @efriedman: yes -- it should be very softened to not be too abrasive. Also, cream of tartar works.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Thank you for reminding me of my own small collection. I packed them away but you have made me want to take them out again and USE them! Angel blessed.

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      Brewsterboy 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I don't collect teacups (everything else though) but my wife has quite a few in her dragonware collection.

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      Great collections!

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      I have a collection of strictly Aynsley tea cups. Much like the turquoise and floral one that you showed here. I was so excited to see yours :) Thank you for sharing your collection photos with us!

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      Funny_Beekeeper 5 years ago

      These are absolutely amazing! I brought one very nice collection of teacups with a teapot from Vietnam. They had so many of them I couldn't decide which I should bring back to my country. I love your photos and your collection too ;) Very nice lens indeed!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i have 2 teacups and 2 saucers (which i don't use because of the gold décor). they are only there for decoration.

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      esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      One of the Ebay links that showed up was going for $140! I wonder what the most anyone paid for a teacup was?

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      We love tea cups, too! We use them for our tea. Nice cups in your collection!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I only have one real piece I would count as collectible anyone. But I enjoy looking at what others have collected. Your information was helpful. I never gave much thought to the hanging of the cups. Even though I don't do it, I have seen others who do. Good to know. Blessed

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do have a collection including belleek but I have stopped adding to them until lately when we visited Limoges, France. Just can't help myself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Victorian Violet Teacup and Saucer is great. I loved it.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Such a pretty collection.. where do you keep them all? My mother has a Royal Albert set similar to Country Roses, its blue though, Moonlight Roses, I expect you've seen it too :)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I have an old collection that was my great aunts - I need to learn more about the pieces she collected - interesting lens ~blessed~

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Lovely collection - they look so delicate.

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      WebGenova 5 years ago

      Awesome! I admire your passiom!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      My mum collected British china tea cups, beautiful works of art

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      You have a beautiful collection here. Blessings.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Your teacup collection is lovely. I have been enchanted for years by Royal Albert, Old Country Roses. When I was very youg, I stood in line 3 hours at a store closing, to get a couple pieces of Old Country Roses. It was my dream china set. Over the years, I have quite a collection. Love that you shared some tips for fine china. Most of them I knew, but one I sure had overlooked. I will remember now, to not tap the inside of the cup when I stir. Delightful photos!

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      Yourpersonalcon 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens. You've inspired me to get out some of the stuff in the closet - and maybe visit the antique shops again. Thank you.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I don't have a collection, but I did pick up a few vintage teacups when I lived in England. I always like the cups that have a flower on the inside of the cup as well as the outside.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We are at an age where we have to down scale. We have 30 tea cups and saucers that were a collection that belonged to my wife's aunt. I hate to break-up the collection, but we can not keep these 50's & 60's sets. Should we sell individually over eBay? Or the whole group for one price?

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @anonymous: Keep in mind that I have only been looking into things like this for about 2 years, so there are people far more expert than me. Yours are much older than mine, so potentially they could be worth more. I would look up the manufacturer and identify the pattern and try to determine what they are being sold for. If you are going to use eBay, you could then put a minimum on them so you aren't giving them away. A place to price them is Replacements.com, but they sell higher than anyone. You could contact them and see what they would pay you.

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      CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

      I have several that belonged to my mother, but have only added one tea set to the collection. I guess I'm not a very big collector.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I don't really like collecting teacups, but I love having tea in them! I am not a mug-person, a real china cup for me is heaven!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      My collection is rarely used these days and they are not stored well. Thanks for the lovely lens and good advice. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      anooptu 4 years ago

      Colorful tea cups, i like it !

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      QuiltFinger 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow! You have some real stunners! They are just so charming. I'm not a collector, but I've always been partial to the classic Haviland roses.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We have a vintage tea set from Ireland that is passed down to the oldest daughter. I don't have kids, so it went to my niece, and now she has a daughter. We had a tea party with the four generations for my mom's birthday last year.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @KimGiancaterino: The birthday party using the teacups sounds like a great way to use family heirlooms.

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      I enjoyed being taken on this beautiful tour of the world of teacups. The tips on taking care of teacups was particularly useful for me. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thankfultw 4 years ago

      I prefer the Hammersley patterns, but Royal Albert Old Country Roses will always hold a special place in my heart. Lovely lens!

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      mysweetjane lm 4 years ago

      I collect Shelly china it's beautiful (too nice to use everyday though)

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      They sure made teacups beautiful.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 4 years ago

      I have a few vintage cups, but not a collection

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      You have a beautiful vintage teacup collection.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice collection. I have quite a few nice one myself. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This is some great collection of teacups!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting. I also have a collection I started 20 some years ago. I am at a little over 50 now. So now I am buying some and making What I call "Spilled cup of Jewelry" and getting a lot of vintage j Jewelry for that. It has been a lot of fun and a nice way to show off the cup and vintage pieces. If you have a chance check out my site and let me know what you think.

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      etsy.com/shop/TeesTeaCupsAndMore

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Thankfultw: That's what I got for my wedding and just love it. Also the silverware with it. Its beautiful when I set the formal dining room.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Very nice vintage lens! Thumbs up & thanks for sharing!

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 4 years ago from Florida

      Very cool teacup collection. My mother and mother-in-law actually collect vintage teapots. I always admire them when I'm there.

      ~Becky

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      YummyInspirations 4 years ago

      Wow! An enviable collection. I love brightly colored and floral teacups. :)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      My daughter and I have enjoyed tea parties with her plastic sets since she was probably about 18 months. I've been looking to get her a nicer set now that she's a bit older. Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      These are so pretty! I have one fancy teacup that was a gift, but I feel like it's too nice to use, so I drink my tea out of a regular mug.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Gorgeous tea cups! i live near Meissen in Germany, so this brand is much more common than those from England (in fact, most people have never heard of the British porcelain makers).

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @nifwlseirff: I love Meissen. It is absolutely beautiful.

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      LaurenIM 4 years ago

      Violets are my fav flower so I really liked those tea cups. I have a few teacups in my collection though I wouldn't consider myself a collector by any means.

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      csk305 4 years ago

      No, but I'd like a really pretty one with matching plate.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to start a collection and use them. How do I pack them to use at a party at someone else's home?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Board-Game-Brooke: No! Use your tea cup. I play a CD I have called "The Art of Tea' and surf the internet while looking at other tea cup websites and drink from my favorite cup my husband bought me. It is so relaxing to listen to the music, see beautiful tea cups and enjoy my favorite cup of tea. If at all use it for special 'me' times and enjoy it. It's a waste sitting in the cabinet collecting dust. Use it. Do you have a daughter? Teach her about tea and tea cups. She will learn to appreciate them.

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      Yes, and I would love to ask people in for a holiday tea.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      You have a beautiful teacup collection!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Sounds like great hobby. Lovely presentation!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      beautiful lens and collection, right now i did decide that my only pretty tea cup will be the first item of a collection. But i do need a lot to learn, do not i?

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      I was born in Stoke on Trent and your lens brought back happy memories. My Gran always used a bone china cup and saucer. Even though I now live in Central America I still turn my plates over in restaurants to see where they were made!!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      What charming ideas for collecting teacups. I drink tea and have a few teacups, but I really couldn't call it a collection. Perhaps I need a few more!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Yes, Iove your cups... they are so pretty!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      A very dear friend of mine (passed away now) used to collect teacups; this lens brought back such good memories for me helping her track down her next find. Love your selections! They do have some amazing teacups and just keep getting better!

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      So pretty - thanks for sharing your lovely collection of teacups and pictures

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      TheComfyCat 4 years ago

      These are beautiful to look at but I don't think I would want to start a collection.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh wow, I really enjoyed looking at your beautiful Vintage Teacup Collection and reading all this wonderful information. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is really cool, I like these, it is helpful to me, thank you. :)

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens! My grandma used to collect tea cups.

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      rockingretro2 4 years ago

      This has inspired me to plan a lens showing off my collection of tea cups that have three feet on the cup. Luckily for me (and my poor husband!) these can be difficult to find thereby limiting the size of my collection!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      I have a small collection of teacups, also a collection of teapots...One of my teacups by Spode in my cabinet, exploded...very weird.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      My mom does it. I don't collect these!

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      Being a big tea-lover myself, I have to like a beautiful tea cup. These are great.

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      NostalgicTimes 4 years ago

      Beautiful collection of teacups! Love all of them. Don't really collect teacups but if I had the space, I certainly would love to own 2 sets. :)

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      Evelyn88 4 years ago

      I don't collect, I just have one or two old sets like those. All these you have posted here, are wonderful, some of them are actually works of art! Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have recently bought an antique cup and saucer and I would very much love to find out how old it is. Is there a way I can dp that.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @anonymous: It's not easy. First identify the manufacturer by the back stamp. Then you could do an internet search on the manufacturer. Probably you will be able to find out when they started manufacturing and if are no longer active, you would know the last year your cup. could have been made. This would give you a range. If they are still in business, you could try contacting them for information. I would send them a photo of the cup. The only other resource would be looking up the pottery mark in a pottery mark book. Manufacturers often changed their marks. A pottery mark book will tell you between which years a particular mark was used.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Collecting teacups has become very popular again recently. I went to a fair where someone had made candles in the teacup set. I thought this was a lovely idea to give as a gift.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Really beautiful. I learned the hard way about hanging tea cups by the handles. Thanks for sharing!

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Never thought that Tea Cups could be so interesting. :-)

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Oh I just love this lens simply beautiful!!!!! pinned

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      Legenden 3 years ago

      very beautiful lens! :)

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Lovely collection! I have a few I inherited from my husband's grandmother. They are very special to us.

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      Shamim Rajabali 3 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful collection.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      What does the little letter under the backstamp of an Elizabethan cup mean, mine has a lowercase j in blue

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @anonymous: If it looks like an add on or not the same print as the back stamp, it is probably the initial of the individual who painted the design on.

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      Great collection!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 3 years ago

      I like the corn flower blue demitasse.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      I didn't realize it was bad to hang up tea cups! I was thinking of getting something to hang my mugs on, but never have because I'm terrified of them breaking. I'm glad now that I didn't!

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      angemari 3 years ago

      great and fascinating collection!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Wow they look so pretty :)

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      This is an outstanding collection!

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      cupsandsaucers 2 years ago

      Great info. Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection. I have a collection also. I find that not many people younger than me are interested in these types of things anymore. I don't have anyone to pass along to. I have health issues and I am going to be selling my family heirlooms. It is sad but what can you do?

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      Joanie Ruppel 24 months ago from Keller, Texas

      Loved the photo collection of the back stamps, unique idea.

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