I don't know why I haven't shared these before, but I collect and adore tea cups and saucers. My collection started when I was 16 years-old. My angelic grandmother passed away and I was given this dainty cup and saucer with purple flowers that had belonged to her. I didn't drink tea or have a desire to, but I loved my grandmother dearly so this became a very meaningful posession. It is Bone China called Sweet Violets from the Royal Albert Collection.
I was also given this cup and saucer when my other grandmother passed away. It is not a family tradition, just coincidence. This one is larger and more stout than the other. For years, these were the extent of my collection.
In recent years I started really looking at tea cup and saucer sets at antique shops, estate and garage sales and anywhere else I could find them. I love the shape, the flowers, the pretty handles... These two are pretty ones I found a couple of years ago - both Bone China.
Ironically, I never drank tea until about a year ago and now I am hooked! I drink black tea every morning with breakfast, another tea with caffiene mid-day, and usually a cup of chamomille tea in the evening before bed. Also ironically, I have yet to have a cup of tea in any of my collected tea cups.
This is my most recent set I received from a friend. It is Summer from the Duchess Collection. She knows me! I love the dainty sets the most and there is something about pink and yellow that I love!
Finally, one of my favorites because it is a 3-piece set which I think is rare (but don't really know) and I found these pieces at two different sales over the same summer. With all of the gold, it is a bit gaudier than what I usually like, but I love that it has 3 matching pieces to it. It is Phoenix Bone China, made in England.
Perhaps one day I will actually have a cup of tea in one of my tea cups - imagine!