While looking in my curio chest I was surprised I have four gold teacups in my collection. All were given to me by my great aunt Johanna. Above is an Anysley and a Royal Doulton.
This beautiful Royal Crown Derby is one of the featured cups of this week's teacup party.
This pattern's name is "Gold Aves." Aves is the scientific classification name for birds. (Who knew I would learn so many new things while blogging?) Anyway this pattern is still being produced today. Royal Crown Derby is owned by Steelite International and its production site is in Derby, England. There is a visitors' center with a museum, factory tour and shops. I would love to visit there one day! Here is the link to the current tableware selection in the Gold Aves pattern: http://www.royalcrownderby.co.uk/shop/tableware/gold-aves.html
Royal Crown Derby's markings are very specific. Instead of a backstamp which indicates a time period, Crown Derby's Roman Numerals indicate an exact manufacture year. According to the date mark page on their website, my teacup was made in 1969 and the Gold Aves pattern was launched in 1970. This makes my teacup one of the originals of the pattern! I was pretty excited to learn this fact.
This miniature demitasse teacup is a Limoges and is the other featured teacup of this week. I always admired it when it was in my mother's curio chest. The size is so unique and makes the cup appear extra dainty and fragile. I was unable to learn its production year unfortunately or any specifics about the pattern. While this is the only non-English teacup in my collection, it holds a special place in my heart. One of my dreams is to travel to Paris one day.
"Stories are like fairy gold, the more you give away, the more you have."
Thank you for coming to my gold teacup party today.