Welcome! I hope you had a nice spring weekend. I have been so excited to share today's Shelley teacups with you. When I first became interested in expanding my inherited teacup collection, I began to research workmanship, pattern designs and value of English bone china because I wanted to concentrate on collecting teacups from mainly one pottery. Most paths led me to Shelley. I'm so impressed with the delicacy and designs of their teaware. Of course I cherish all of my non-Shelley teacups and I want to continue to learn more about the different potteries past and present.
While the main focus of my blog will be teacups and their histories, I plan on reviewing teas and tearooms as well starting next week.
We'll enjoy having our tea in two vintage baby blue Shelley teacups. I acquired both teacups on ebay. Most people have predominately pink teacups in their collection. I have blue and gold.
The first Shelley teacup is Blue Rock which was a very popular pattern. It was produced from 1940 until the pottery closed in 1966.
All Shelley teacups have specific shape names. This is the beloved Dainty shape. Personally it is my favorite Shelley shape. It reminds me of a flower and is perfect for a special tea. Many other potteries have copied this shape.
If you hold a Shelley by its handle, click your finger onto the cup. You should hear a ping which is a sign of an authentic Shelley. (Well, it has worked with some of my other teacups such as Paragon.)
The second featured teacup is a Shelley tall shaped demitasse. Its pattern is Harebell and it was produced at the same time as the Blue Rock pattern. Both have such sweet baby blue flowers in their patterns.
Love the inside the cup designs in both teacups!
I really enjoy demitasse cups.
No tea would be complete without a special treat. Banana bread complements a wide variety of teas and is a go to recipe for me. Volunteer roses were a welcomed surprise in my front yard this week.
Over the years I have tried so many banana bread recipes. This is by far my family's favorite. I get great results every time I bake it. I found it on the Food Network's website. Recipe by Cathy Lowe
The house smells so good every time I make it.
Click here for the recipe.
Not all of the patterns are photographed. Here is the Blue Rock teacup I just featured. The author is British and many have commented that her American values for the teacups are a bit inflated. Perhaps the British values are too as I found this teacup on ebay for $20. Other ebay listings for this teacup are as high as $100.
Without a pattern number or name, it would be very challenging to find specific teacup information. The book is 248 pages long with most pages formatted like the one above.
All the best,
This quote reminds me of the small but beautiful blue flowers on these teacups:
"The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly."