Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Royal Albert Christmas Tea Cup

December, at last! Thanksgiving to New Year's Day is my favorite time of the year and Christmas is my favorite holiday, hands down. I love all the food, the extra family time, getting the house and the yard decorated, listening to all the great Christmas songs out there and celebrating the birth of Jesus. 

This week I'm sharing a lovely Royal Albert tea cup and saucer set. I found this set at a yard sale for only $1.00! I couldn't believe it. I'm never lucky like that with tea cups, so I immediately snatched it right up.

The name of this pattern is South Pacific. I'm not sure why a Poinsettia pattern is called South Pacific, so I decided to google the flower to see if that's where it's from. I discovered that the Poinsettia is native to Mexico and was once used by the Aztecs to make colored dye. It was brought to the United States by Joel Roberts Poinsett and named after him.

I'm crazy for handles and I love this tea cup's handle with its gold design. Below's a picture of the interior of the cup. I love when china makers add floral designs inside the cups. The coloring on this set is really vivid in person, especially the red.

 A little angel that I just love!

This adorable couple that we all know as Mr. and Mrs. Claus was a ceramic project that my mom did about 10-15 years ago.

The marking on the bottom of the saucer reads: Royal Albert, Bone China, England, South Pacific.

I'd never heard the story of why the poinsettia's so closely associated with Christmas and came across this legend of the flower, from WhyChristmas:
"There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up. 'Pepita', he said "I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy."

Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene.

Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity."

I'm linking up to:
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites 
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Thanks for stopping by today,


Mom Wald said...

What a lovely find! Have you seen Tomie DePaola's version of the poinsettia story? His illustrations are charming.

Winnie said...

So glad you shared the story with us. That was touching. Love your $1 find, it is so pretty. I don't seem to get that lucky in my hunts. Lovely Claus couple and special since mom made it for you. Enjoy the holiday season!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I always enjoy the story of the poinsettia and your teacup is a beauty! You got quite a deal on that, Michelle. Your Claus couple is really sweet and how nice that your mother made it for you! The wee lace angel is adorable too. Enjoy this magical season and Merry Christmas!


allisamazing said...

Such a beautiful teacup! I just love it when they have a pattern inside the cup as well :)

Beth L. said...

What a nice find! I love the RA teacup. I have several from that series but this is one I need to look for. I love it.

Ruth W said...

I have never gotten the South Pacific name either...but it's a gorgeous teacup! Perfect for the season. I love the story of the Poinsettia. I used to read the book to my kindergarten class at Christmas...when that was allowed! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Beth said...

Your teacup is gorgeous, Michelle! I like the flowers inside the cup too.

Carrie said...

Wow, a dollar for that beauty...lucky! Thanks so much for sharing the poinsettia story, this was my first time reading it. Your mom's Santa and Mrs. Clause are so cute too!

Karen said...

Hi Michelle,
Your Royal Albert South Pacific teacup is a beauty! What a fabulous find! Such a sweet Santa and Mrs. Claus that your mother made. Happy December! Karen