Sunday, October 25, 2015

Antique "Star Border" Shelley




Greetings Tea Friends,

I hope this post finds you in good spirits and enjoying the blessings of autumn.

I am enjoying the subtle changes in the garden. We are still experiencing temperatures in the high 80's so the roses are flourishing. The cut roses here are from my Pinata rosebush. It's always a surprise which colors will bloom.



As many of you know, Shelley teacups are my favorites. Their artistry is remarkable! A while ago I was on a mission to find an antique Shelley to add to my collection. Of course I found many on ebay and Etsy, but the costs were quite prohibitive.  A couple of months ago I did find an antique Shelley ~ very simple but still an antique!



So this brings us to our featured teacup...a Late Foley Shelley in the Star Border pattern (#10333).
Gainsborough Shape


I have learned this "pattern was entered in the Shelley pattern book during or after 1908 and was still in production in 1919 when numbers were transferred from the old to the new pattern books."
                                      ~ from The Shelley Tea Ware Patterns by Sheryl Burdess




Backstamp from 1910-1916
Someone (recently) wrote the pattern number on the back

"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage."
                          
                                                                                                 ~Catherine Douzel

I wonder about the voyage this teacup undertook to arrive in my house.

I look forward to sharing a different type of post next week which features a bit more writing and a glimpse of everyday life. (The Simple Woman's Daybook) Fun to get out of our comfort zones and try something new. Back to teacups the following week.
         ~Nora

I'm joining these parties for tea:







9 comments:

  1. Your teacup, saucer, and roses are beautiful! The roses are a wonderful accent for the teacup! I would say you have a green thumb! Your knowledge of tea and all things related never fails to amaze me! Have a beautiful week. Lynn

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  2. What a lucky find, Nora, with your Shelley teacup. I don't have any, but I certainly admire those that I see. Your roses are beautiful and how nice that you can still enjoy them.

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  3. This is a lovely teacup, very unusual I should think. Beautiful colours in your roses.

    Diana

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  4. Love the color of roses. Beautiful teacups. The color ant the design attracts me...

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  5. Hello Nora,
    Your Shelley is lovely and I love the Gainsborough shape! I haven't purchased anything from ebay in years and when I did, my son did it all for me because at the time I wasn't sure how it worked. That is how I acquired many pieces of my Rose Chintz. It can be very costly with shipping costs between the US and Canada. Your roses are pretty roses too. Have a lovely week and thank you for joining me for tea.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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  6. I do love the Gainsborough shape...so elegant! Such a pretty pattern. And the roses are gorgeous! Such a vibrant color! Wishing you a wonderful week. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  7. I love hearing about successful treasure hunting stories! Your antique Shelley is a beauty and would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

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  8. I love the early English china, it is exquisite. Thank you for your treasure hunting story about -it gives me hope that there are still treasures to be found. Carolyn @ pastimes-passions-paraphernalia.org.

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  9. I love the early English china, it is exquisite. Thank you for your treasure hunting story about -it gives me hope that there are still treasures to be found. Carolyn @ pastimes-passions-paraphernalia.org.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora