Friday, March 18, 2016

Most Unusual Shape of Tea Cup Handle!

Is My Tea Cup Rare - - or is it a faker?

Today's lovely teacup.... I fell in love with it.... I could barely recognize the Anysley marking on the back ....  it has what I might call an overlay of ROYALE IMPERIAL.....

Really messy looking backstamp.... but the cup is a beauty.. flawless as well as the matching saucer.  A good weight for fine bone china.

Rare or a faker...???   I noticed how unusual was the tea cup handle!  It extends and rests so wonderfully atop the cup.  Delicate... not protruding... Just lovely!

A vivid yellow rose bouquet... crisp white and glowing gilt.  Scalloped edge on cup and saucer!

The wide mouth at

Vivid  with a perfect floral bouquet deep in the center, coupled with crisp white and glowing gilt combine to make this cup and saucer ultra striking!


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: fine bone china, bone china, porcelain, English fine bone china, china, vintage fine bone china

The wide mouth at almost 4" is inviting, the 1" pedestal make for a regal stance and the high fancy handle complete the look. This pair is in excellent condition, having no chips, cracks, crazing, stains or any loss of gilt.

Cup: 2 1/2" tall, almost 4" wide
Saucer: almost 6" wide

This larger sized vintage Aynsley makes a statement and is a striking winner! It would make a memorable "You are special" gift!

Aynsley Fine Bone China. Made in England

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

To Admire ~ So Greatly

Today, I am Remembering Maya Angelou..... Her quote.....

" . . . pursue the thngs you love doing, 
and then do them so well 
that people can't take their eyes off you."

And her eyes are ever-shining in this photograph!  I am daily contemplating what my life shall consist of....simple beauty, simple joy, usefullness to others!

Maya beckons me to be true to my self, my gifts and my Joy... all of which is rooted in knowing myself... knowing Who and Why God made me and He loves me so!

"Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was best known for her autobiographical books: Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 2013); Letter to My Daughter(2008); All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986); The Heart of a Woman (1981); Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (1976); Gather Together in My Name(1974); and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), which was nominated for the National Book Award.
Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House, 1995); The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994); Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993); Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987); I Shall Not Be Moved (1990); Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?(1983); Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975); and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (1971), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 1959, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East, and from 1964 to 1966 she was feature editor of the African Review in Accra, Ghana. She returned to the United States in 1974 and was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. She accepted a lifetime appointment in 1982 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, “On The Pulse of the Morning," at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request. In 2000, she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

I salute my sister...... with this lovely Royal Vale cup and saucer in my prized collection!
She was the first black woman director in Hollywood - Angelou wrote, produced, directed, and starred in productions for stage, film, and television. In 1971, she wrote the original screenplay and musical score for the film Georgia, Georgia, and was both author and executive producer of a five-part television miniseries “Three Way Choice.” She also wrote and produced several prize-winning documentaries, including “Afro-Americans in the Arts," a PBS special for which she received the Golden Eagle Award. Angelou was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting: once for her Broadway debut in Look Away (1973), and again for her performance in Roots (1977).

Below is the heart-lifting postage stamp bearing her portrait.

Issue Date:  April 07, 2015
Art Director/Designer:
Ethel Kessler, Ross Rossin

Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982. She was eighty-six.

I browsed and enjoyed the first quote I used from Tablescapes at table twenty one   I hope you visit... her peonies and table setup was unbelieveable....alas... it is what she loves to do, and she does it well!

 . . .Be Inspired, Be Admired...... 
Be blessed today!

Monday, March 7, 2016

A Beautiful Rose and Dogwood Flora

Welcome ~  Hello . . and Happy Day to my Fellow Tea Drinkers! 

I'm grateful for the friendships
that brighten sorrow's way;
Because my cup of happiness
Sustains me everyday!
by Clay  Harrison

I truly treasure my Dogwood Flora Tea Cup by Royal Albert....It was a coffee mug swap last spring 2015!

Just this weekend.... my second passion is a good garage sale or estate sale.... Guess what I found.... peeking at me was a bit of dogwood with a butterfly.  I turned to the back label and it said... Andrea by Sadek.... a bit of google further told me the specifics....

1983 Andrea by Sadek Porcelain White Dogwood 
Beautiful Butterfly Figurine 6801

.. yes it is now mine next to by Royal Albert cup set!

I'm quoting from Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage  . . . .Tea is a symbol of friendship and hospitality around the world.  ~ unknown

Won't you join me and "a few good women" as we blog and share the beauty of living as we sip our tea!

Share Your Cup Thursday~

Hoping you will stop, browse, sip and enjoy my friends in blogland!

I joined the linky today at 

 Wishin You ~ Deep Wells of Joy  ~ 2016
. . . . . from Beverly

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Relaxed Conversation~ Tea Please

Good  Day ~ from my Corner of the Universe! 

" Tea beckons us to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, and especially to rediscover the art of relaxed conversation." . . .Dorothea Johnson

Wishin You ~ Deep Wells of Joy  ~ 2016
. . . . . from Beverly

White House China in 1891

Won't you join me for a cuppa tea.....     I'm learning a bit about tea pots and tea cups used in the White House as far back as 1892.  It happens that a delivery was made of a personally designed china collection.  But alas... Dear First Lady Caroline Harrison (1889-1891) died before having a chance to use her dainty, lovely, blissful china settings.
The USA coat of arms is brilliantly featured in the center with gold-etched leaves of goldenrod and corn around the wide, deep blue band.   The stars on the inner band represent the 44 states in the Union.... all of this designed by FLOTUS Harrison!


the coat of arms of the United States in the center, with gold-etched goldenrod and corn around a wide band of blue.  The 44 stars on the inner band represent the number of states in the Union when she designed the china.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

White House Tea ~ Lou Hoover and Jessie DePriest - Unflinching Grace and Class

  un*flinch*ing (an adjective)
- not showing fear or hesitation in the face of danger or difficulty.  SYNONYMS:  resolute, determined, single-minded, steadfast, resolved, firm, committed, unwavering, unswerving, unfaltering, untiring, undaunted, fearless.  " Lou Hoover and Jessie DePriest...... they gently, quietly, and deliciously sat together - they sipped and enjoyed a cup of tea - in unflinching determination" 


You remind me of my grandmother..... There are questions I did not ask.... and answers that I search for.

Your Pennsylvania parents held you tight on September 03, 1870. On February 23, 1898, your name changed from Jessie L. Williams of Rockford, IL to the Mrs DePriest!   Your husband was Oscar DePriest, (March 9, 1871 - May 12, 1951). He became the first black man from outside the south to be elected to Congress. (House of Representatives Illinois)  He served as a lawmaker and civil rights advocate until 1934 for the over 11 million African American Citizens here in the United States.

I'm trying to understand politics  in the election year of 1928 when Herbert Hoover made a landslide victory over Al Smith - a Catholic from New York.  In the voting process, five Southern States broke rank and voted as Republicans...??  Was it because Al Smith was a Catholic or id it also have to do with protecting certain policies and gain??

So Jessie, your husband wins.... and Hoover wins. As custome would have it, were you aware that President Hoover's wife - the socialite of her era - would want to host a White House Tea for congressmen's wives?  

Now, you may have lived long enough to know that the last time a Colored Person/Negro was a guest in the White House was in 1901 vis President Theodore Roosevelt's dining with Booker T. Washington!  And no matter how much positive public recognition Booker received for his work at Tuskogee Institute - nor his writings - nor his public speaking records...... it just wasn't fit or worthy of being a guest of the POTUS!  Dining in the White House (built by black men and women) was deemed the "most damnable outrage ever"

Dearest Jesse DePriest, not it's your turn!  The formal papers of Lou Hoover show that she-herself never considered omitting you from the Tea Party List.  But just how sharp a lady, hour courageous, how smart would she herself have to be to avoid political damage to her husband and to our nation's conscience?    This simple act of inclusion of a colored woman to a White House Tea would become a platform of nobility for which I and others applaud Lou Hoover on today and for years to come!

The custom was to have one large tea in May, the spring of the year.  Ahhhh..... but your invitation -Mrs Depriest - arrives on June 12.  Did you suspect it would be a smaller, handpicked grouping of Mrs Hoover's sister, her secretary, a couple of congressional wives who had already attended earlier, much larger gatherings.....?  Would you - Mrs DePriest - be escorted through the main entrance into the Green Room as casually as all the other invited guests?

For the little that you knew or suspected - Dear Jessie - the newspapers did get wind of your invitation.....and what an uproar!  Southern legislators quickly passed resolutions to condemn President Hoover's wife, newspapers said she was offering the nation "an arrogant insult" and that she was bringing "disgrace' to the White House!

But Jessie..... My Dear Jessie,
I still have questions from you.   There are research documents that tell us what the world was thinking.... as well as a few letters from you protective husband regarding your visit to the White House!

Is there not a note, or a voice before or since your death on March 31, 1961 at the age of ninety.  What were your fears, strengths, parenting style and grandparenting joys... along side your impression of a solitary day in June 1929 -- when you attended a White House Tea Party?  Any help or advice from your mom or sisters or maybe a big brother???  This is where my geneology itch (mispelled, nonetheless) kicks in! Were you anxious on that day.  You were only 29 years old!!

A photograph....!!!  Yes, you were quite the elegant and well- prepared woman.  You wore your fashionable flapper dress, a smart hat perfectly centered, a brief smile, the beads, accessories, the purse and shows.  Rumor has it that the head usher singled you out as the most "dignified woman in the room."  Without incident - reportedly - you were treated with courtesy and respect.  Lou Hoover's secretary spoke about another butler who served the tea cakes seemed particularly proud and impressed with Mrs Jessie DePriest!

Wishin You ~ Deep Wells of Joy  ~ 2016
. . . . . from Beverly 
(and my Dear Jessie DePriest)