The Future In A Teacup
On the weekend my BFF girlfriend and I had our tea leaves read. Do you ever do this?
We’ve been seeking our fortune, telling that is, every year now for the last 3 years at the Calico Cat Tea House. And each time I’m both excited and apprehensive. Hmmm, what will I learn, or more accurately, be given to think about for the coming year?
See how attentive these women are?
Well, that was kind of us!
The table was already set with vintage china teacups when we arrived, and it was so much fun because they were all different.
I didn’t take photos because I wasn’t sure about that whole connection with photographs and Karma, and the fortune in the leaves… you know, all that mysterious stuff 😉
This one is very similar to the teacup my friend used.
It’s Queen Anne bone china in the Gold Lace pattern. Isn’t it pretty?
And the other 2 of the 3 teacups were the same as a few that my grandmother used to have. She loved her teacups, and had a collection of many different ones.
Like this one that I used.
It’s from the Royal Vale series, and is called Red Rose.
And this other one, in the Silver Birch pattern, is a Royal Albert china piece.
I always remember my Grandpa drinking tea from a teacup like this. My grandparents routinely enjoyed a ‘spot’ of tea with their lunch!
Anyway, I took this as a sign of good things to come. And of course, we won’t know for sure until the year has passed…
But drinking from the teacup got me to thinking about how we don’t use china teacups the way we used to. And yet when we do, there’s something so fine about it, don’t you think?
And I’m always intrigued by the different shapes of teacups and their matching saucers. So I thought I’d share a glimpse of the footed teacup from my own china pattern with you. Footed refers to the mini pedestal or base at the bottom of the cup that sits into the saucer, like all of the ones above.
My china pattern is ‘Simplicity’ by Royal Doulton. I’ve had it for 21 years, and it’s now discontinued.
In spite of its near vintage age (eeek!), notice how the lines of my footed teacup are more streamlined than the teacups above?
And do you see the little indentation in the saucer? That’s what I meant by ‘sitting’ into the saucer.
My china also comes with a flat base cup.
Do you see how there is no foot with this cup? It actually looks more like a mini coffee cup, and is referred to as the ‘coffee tea cup’.
This is the demitasse cup and saucer, again it is flat.
Starting to look a lot more like the shape of a mug now, isn’t it? Except that demitasse cups are much smaller than regular teacups. From this photo, who would have known?
And here’s the coffee cup to the set. It comes without a saucer, and is actually called a flat cup.
And I can see why since the cup sits flush to the surface. Makes sense to me!
Isn’t it interesting how the shapes vary? Even within a set?
There are so many parts and pieces to a china set, so many different types of china, and from what I’ve learned, there’s no official guideline for what each piece is named. But for a basic list of the commonly used names click here.
Just like the leaves in a tea leaf reading, there are so many possibilities, aren’t there?
And that’s where the real fortune is told. It’s in all of the bits and pieces that make up the greater whole.
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