Hello dearies! I am so excited to share the more dainty side of my Hope chest with you all today, those articles which constitute the decorations and tools that any lady would need if she were to have a good old fashioned tea party: Tea cups, saucers, and linens. Shall we take a look?
These two beautiful antique cutwork napkins were bought at an antique store for $1.00. Imagine! $1.00! I can just picture some Edwardian lady diligently stitching away at these delightful pieces. The artistry and needlework is so meticulously clean on both sides of the work (not just the right side) so these were definitely not cheaply made. I am so glad to have these two beauties in my Hope chest. And even if I may never end up using them as napkins, they shall certainly make beautiful display pieces.
The two centerpieces, both above and below, were gifts from a friend for the birthday on which I received my Hope Chest. I don’t know what era they are from, but that doesn’t matter to me considering how beautiful they are. I can’t wait to use them on my own table someday, with a pretty vase of flowers sitting in the middle, or perhaps a tower of teacakes…
These four little china
calvary-men, er, I mean teacups were bought at our local Goodwill. I had been looking for a nice tea-set for a while, and even though these little mites were on the smaller side, I decided I would give them a home in my trunk of dreams. I don’t think they were such expensive pieces when they were brand new, but they are quite delicate, and pair perfectly with my blue centerpiece above. Which just reminded me, I have about a dozen mid-century glass luncheon trays with cups hiding somewhere in my room. Would you like to see those? Perhaps I’ll share them next time.
These delightful rose placemats (truly, I can’t get over how pretty they are!) were a gift from Charlotte a few years ago. The cross-stitch is just so delicate and pretty, it makes me wish I had the patience to create such beautiful pieces, but alas, all that patience I have goes into dressmaking.
This cup and saucer were a gift from a dear little friend. They actually are not a “set” per se, but the roses on both pieces cause them to appear to be kindred spirits. They just needed some imaginative eye to put them together. The cup was made in Japan, as it clearly says on the bottom of it in one of the above photos, while the saucer has an entirely different story. When I was preparing for this post, I happened to take a look at the bottom of the saucer. I saw a blurry green eagle seal with equally blurry letters below. I know that in the Depression era, an eagle was used as a symbol in the U.S.A a lot, so I decided to look it up to see if my saucer might be from that era. Well, I found out quite a different story through this website. My saucer was made by Porzellanfabrik C. Tielsch & Co. a German porcelain manufacturer that has been around since 1845. Now my saucer isn’t from the 19th century, but according to the mark on the bottom, there is a pretty good chance it is from the 1920s! Pretty neat, eh?
Do you have any tea sets or linens in your Hope Chest?
Which linens are your favorite from my collection?
Do you do cross-stitch or any other type of needlework?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer