Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Teacup Tuesday #6 - Royal Stafford Bouquet
Teacup Tuesday has come just in time - I need to collapse on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and just stop for a minute. I command you to do the same! Wherever you are, stop what you're doing and spend a moment or two relaxing, breathing deeply and emptying your mind of thoughts.
...There! Isn't that better?!
Anyhoo, today's is the penultimate episode in my Teacup Tuesday series - sadface. I've saved what I *think* is my favourite for next week, but it is so hard to pick just one favourite! Today's is high up there.
This is a pattern by Royal Stafford, called Bouquet and I just love it. To me, it is the epitome of Englishness and the quintessential cup of tea. Don't you think?!
Super fancy! It is even has my favourite - the little inner rim design, yay. I actually have a matching side plate, making this a trio, but I forgot to photograph the plate, as I use it a lot and it's in the kitchen cupboard. Oops!
Royal Stafford China was established in 1845 and is still manufacturing today. It merged with Barratts of Staffordshire in 1992, to form the new Royal Stafford brand.* I can't find any info on when the Bouquet pattern was manufactured, but my guess would be around the 40s or 50s. The pattern is incredibly similar to my all time favourite - Royal Albert Old Country Roses, of which I unfortunately own none. Maybe I should stick to the Bouquet though, as it seems to be cheaper!
What do you think? Do you enjoy sipping tea from a proper teacup, pinky held aloft?
* Info from www.thepotteries.org
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