Satsuma Plate

Japanese Satsuma Pottery in Gosu blue Satsuma: produced in limited quantity in Kyoto in the mid-nineteenth century; pieces with over- or under-glaze containing minerals such as cobalt or asbolite. Very collectible.

This process gives the hue and a more vivid quality to these delicate beautiful hand painted images.

Victorian Daisy

A Rare find. Antique Foley Wileman Shelley daisy tea set for four With Teapot, Milk Jug, Sugar Bowl, 4 teacups And 4 Saucers.

A Charles Wileman Shelley daisy shape comprising of a Complete tea set; in the Daisy shape made in 1890.

Wileman was later renamed Shelley and called Foley, One of the most respected manufacturers of fine bone china teaware in the late 19th Century.

Made for Harrods of London

Vintage limited edition Staffordshire fruit and veg bowl in pretty bone china made for Harrods by Bishop and Stonier (Bisto) dating from between 1891 and 1936. Numbered 232.

Hand painted flowers surrounded by a cobalt and in a gold plated design. All in good condition for its age except for hairline on underside. No crazing or chips.

This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships including Bishop & Stonier.

The “BISTO” trade name was only used by
Bishop and Stonier and often appeared (but not always) with the two marks shown above.

Incredible find.

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Old Copper

Just an old vintage copper platter tray I found. It looked lonely laying there in that box on the ground. But somethings just appear out of nowhere; especially when your not expecting them to.

I felt an attraction immediately. I don’t know that there is anything special about this old copper platter. Perhaps, although it looks as if A king could have been served a leg of lamb from this platter.

Jim told me not to but it, but I did. Only a few shillings, (sterling) I think. He said it looks as if has been run over by a wagon train a few times.

It’s very old, yet it’s charm still remains. I bet it has a story. Probably goes back to the Dutch East Indies, but I don’t know. I found it in Amsterdam this summer. Brought it home and gave it some love and found the etchings. Maybe someone will know where it came from. I hope.

This is a round in diameter and it has a scalloped copper edge. The platter is intricately engraved writing. It is made of heavy gauge copper and is very sturdy.

I guess I will never know it’s past, but anyway I still love this old copper platter.

Fragile

How beautifully fragile

We all are

And how something

So tragic can happen

That it alters us

In a single moment

Changing us

Who we are

Forever.

Prayers for Las Vegas

Tudor Rose

One the most distinctive and unmistakable flowers in England is the Tudor Rose. This specific type of rose is both red and pink around the outside and white. It has been in use as the country’s plant emblem since the Tudor Era.

The Tudor Rose sometimes called the Union Rose the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. It takes its name and origins from the Tudor of the Tudor Family.

This is Vintage Royal Stafford Tudor Rose Tea Cup and Saucer Set. The delightful set 2 of cups and saucers with the milk Creamer and the sugar bowl and discovered it was in very good condition when I got it home.

About Silver Teapots

An old English antique silver teapot is a lovely addition and very Shabby Chic addition in any home. I bought this one the other day. I was looking for something to put fresh cut flowers in for my table. But when I found this Teapot it was black with soot and grime.

What was I thinking? But anyway I decided to clean it only to only to discover it was real Silver…. an old English Silver maker; Mappin and Webb…. and

Just think… I was was going to put flowers in it after I cleaned the ole Mappin; We tested her… Jim heated the water. I watched her steam up nicely, holding in the heat. We poured. A cuppa of Ceylon tea. We added sugar; stirred. I sipped and closed my eyes. The taste was lovely.

It’s not all that hard to keep it in good working order and only requires minimal effort. Regular use and washing will prevent stains and tarnish from developing.

Wash the teapots in warm water with a mild, non-lemon scented dish washing soap, according to the English Silver smiths.

How to Clean a Silver Teapot

Step 1

Wet a cellulose sponge with water and wring it out. If the opening of the teapot is too small for your hand, wrap the sponge around a dowel or small spatula.

Step 2

Apply a quarter-size dollop of silver cleaning cream to the sponge. Silversmiths recommend using Silver Cream as a safe, mild cleaning agent.

Step 3

Rub the inside of the teapot with the sponge to remove tarnish and tea stains. Push the sponge into the teapot with the dowel if necessary.

Step 4

Dip a cotton swab in cleaning cream. Wipe the spout with the cotton swab to clean it.

Step 5

Rinse the teapot in warm water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Removing Tough Stains

Step 6

Fill teapot with warm water.

Step 7

Drop one denture cleaning tablet in the water. Wait ten minutes. The effervescing action of the denture tablet loosens tough stains and tarnish from the teapot.

Step 8

Pour the water into the sink and rinse the teapot with warm water. Gently brush any remaining stains with a wet brush.

Step 9

Dry the teapot with a soft cloth.