Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Shelley China~Tea Cup Tuesday

It's time, once again, for Tea Cup Tuesday, hosted by Artful Affirmations.

Today I'd like to share this tea cup and saucer from Shelley China in the Rosebud pattern.

Shelley China is my favorite china to collect. Everytime I go to a flea market, thrift store or yard sale, I always have an eye out for it.

It's so hard to find Shelley China where I live. In the past, I've bought items from Ebay, but the downside is competing against someone else. I have a really bad tendency to get involved in bidding wars which isn't good for my wallet.

I love all the patterns, the delicacy and the craftmanship of each piece.

This particular tea cup and saucer set belonged to my grandmother. Friends and family would gift her tea cup sets for Christmas and her birthday. She used to place tape on the bottoms of the china with the person's name, the occasion and the year. This one is from Christmas, 1962. The writing is fading on the tape, so I'm thinking about photographing all the "tapes"and then tracing over her handwriting.

The saucer and cup are both marked. And I also collect, when I can find them, the Foley and Wileman lines, too. They're the predecessors of Shelley.

Thanks for stopping by! ~Michelle