Thursday, 29 January 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday 15 - Time for Tea

My this week's vintage thingies are tea related, because I'm in the middle of the Time for Tea Swap projects. That includes lots of information on tea through Stephanie's blog, and drinking extra cups of Earl Grey to keep the ideas coming! Suzanne is hosting the Vintage Thingies Thursdays, and links to other blogs showing vintage things are here.





Tea tastes really different from a thin china cup. These are from my mother around the time I started my own household. The cups are from Japan or China, from the early part of 1900. The pot is from a different set.




The lid is secured with a piece of string, because it falls off too easily. It is just a round lid, without the extra bit to keep it secure when pouring the tea. The ladies of the pot look Japanese to me.



It was easier to show the cup upside down. There are no marks to show where the cup was manufactured.



The saucer has the same picture.



Finally the tea cosy, from about the same period. I have shown this one before. Linen, with cotton embroidery. It was stitched by my now famous great aunt Saima or her big sister, my grandmother. I made the lining and put the tea cosy together.




The table runner in the first picture is from grandmother or her sister, too (Saima lived in her sister's family). It has been used a lot, mended, and stained. No wonder, it looks very lovely, and the tea pot has a runny nose!

Go and see the Coloradolady to find all other lovely vintage thingies!

23 comments:

  1. I love that little teapot...and i adore earl grey tea too :)

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  2. It would be such a pitty if something could happen to the lid, you found a good (and funny!) solution! The ladies look Japanese to me too, do they have those typical japanese shoes?

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  3. I have been loving all the teapot ideas out there on people's blogs. Your vingtage teapot cozy made by your aunt is beautiful.

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  4. What a lovely teapot and the cup and saucer are very delicate looking. Your tea cozy is just beautiful!

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  5. How lovely that you have some of your Grandmothers and Great Aunt's china and linen's. The Tea pot is gorgeous - such a timeless design.

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  6. How wonderful to have an entire set-up with so many memories!

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  7. Such beautiful treasures. Love the Tea Cozy. Items from family are so great to have and treasure.

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  8. My middle daughter collects tea pots, cups and saucers. Yours is just beautiful!

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  9. What a lovely set...and a cozy too.
    Perfect for these cold days, nothing better than a cup or pot of tea!

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  10. Oh how PRETTY! What lovely tea things. So elegant.

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  11. Exquisite tea cozy--beautiful. I agree that tea is better from a china cup. If I have an evening cup that is how I fix it.

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  12. That tea pot and cups are just lovely. Love them, and the colors are wonderful!

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  13. The tea set is beautiful. What a treasure. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  14. We had a tea set almost like that!
    Only I was always afraid to use ours!
    YOURS is LOVELY!

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  15. What a nice (not) set! This is my first view of the tea cosy - very nice idea!

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  16. I'm now ready for a nice cuppa! Thanks for sharing your unusual tea set.

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  17. I've always enjoyed a good cup of tea but I think I would enjoy it more poured from that wonderful pot.

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  18. Hi Ulla,
    What a beautiful tea pot. I love tea and drink it all day long, but I really should take the time and make it in a tea pot. I would love to see a picture of your grandmother's flower garden. I think you win...starting yours in 1992!!
    ~Karen~

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  19. Hi Ulla!
    I really like your banner !!! I have been a bad blogreader, I think, I haven´t seen it before! And the lovley vintage picture is so fun! By the way; I drink a lot of tea !

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  20. Very lovely tea pot and cup! I'm a tea lover too and I agree!--It does taste better in a lovely cup!
    Enjoyed!
    Blessings to you!
    Claudia O.

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  21. What a lovely Japanese tea pot and cup set. Yes tea in a plastic cup just isn't quite as nice tasting. A real cup is far nicer and does help you enjoy and appreciate what you are drinking.

    Your family linens are so beautiful. :-)

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  22. Beautiful teapot and teacup and what a pretty tea cozy. Somehow I've lost you on my google reader so didn't realize I missed so many posts.

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  23. I love that pot. My granmother had pot and cups in similar style.

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