Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Teacup Tuesday September 7th, 2010. Treasure from Mike's Barn!
Hello Bloggies! I am back again for Teacup Tuesday with Martha at
and Terri at
Thank you ladies for hostessing this weekly gathering of teacups.
I live in eastern Ontario Canada. The closest city is Belleville and it has many thrift stores and antique stores. One of my favorite antique stores is "Funk & Gruven A-Z".
Mike, the owner, also has a barn literally packed full of "stuff in the rough" in West Lake out in Prince Edward County. I have been meaning to go to the barn for years and finally made it this past Saturday. I have a blog posting for that trip so I will keep it short here and just say that I found some treasures!! One of these treasures was a cup and saucer!
The barn is full of stuff and there is a shed full of stuff and shelves outside with boxes of stuff tucked away. I moved some pieces of old wood away from this shelf and started rooting around in this box.
And searched in this old drawer full of stuff also. I found what I thought was an exquisite teacup and saucer and a pair of creamy white ceramic dove bookends. The teacup was chipped, so Mike gave it to me!! Thank you so much, Michael!! I will always treasure it!! The dove bookends were $5. I'll show them in a later posting.
I got home and carefully washed the cup and saucer right away!!
They were made by William L. Lowe of Court China England. This set was made between 1928-1930. The pattern is very busy and elaborate. There is lots of what looks like handpainted gold edges and flowers and scrolls. The flowers are pink and violet with a very pretty green and a bit of yellow. The teacup has a wavy/crimped rim as does the saucer. I think the handle looks like a little elf's ear!! (You can click on the pics and zoom in for a closer look)
I found the following information in an Ebay listing
"William Lowe Court china was based in Longton, North Staffordshire "the home of English fine china" from 1874 - 1931They were based at the Sydney works on the corner of High St and Sutherland Rd Longton"
I decided that I needed to take some closer pictures, so you could see the design and the vibrant colours!!
Is it not gorgeous??!!
True "eye candy". The design reminds me of a stained glass window in a cathedral.
I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday browsing through all the teacup postings.
Warm hugs, Laura.
P.S. I just had to tease you with a pic of the dove bookends.