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Monday, November 1, 2010

Teacup Tuesday

Hello Everyone,

Once again I am posting with Martha & Terri for Teacup Tuesday.

The cup I have chosen to share with you today is this pretty little Bone China cup made in England by Hammersley & Co

Hammmersley and Co. began in 1862 as a china manufacturer at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent by Adams, Scrivener & Co. It went through several name changes, was purchased by Carborundum Ltd. in 1966, merged with Royal Worcester Spode Ltd. in 1976, and was then taken over by Palissy Pottery Ltd., which closed Hammersley's Works in 1982. The Hammersley name was sold to Aynsley in 1989.

From what I can figure out from the makers mark is that my cup is from 1939. Making it a wonderful Vintage treasure.

What I like best about the cup are the wonderful lily of the valley strewn around both the cup and saucer. The meaning of this flower: means return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you've made my life complete, humility, happiness, love's good fortune. The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits.

A Wee Irish Legend on how the Lily of the Valley came to be ... supplied by

"Once upon a time when the world was young, five little fairy sisters were sent on an errand one night, They were each given a tiny white cup and told to fill it with dew for the Queens breakfast.
They had lots of time so they hung their cups on a blade of grass to get them out of the way and danced and danced, They frolicked, as all little girls will until the last minute. Before they knew it, the eastern sky was flushed with rose. The sun was about to rise!
No fairy must be caught away from home when the sun comes up. They were very young and very frightened and ran in great alarm to get their cups. All five tugged and tugged but couldn't loosen their cups, The handles had grown fast to the blade of grass and though they pulled with all their might they couldn't free the cups.
Just as their fright became great, their godmother appeared. She was a kind lady and to protect the little girls from the Queen's wrath, she tied a big green leaf on either side of the cups to hide them."

I know you have other blogs to visit - So I will try not to detain you any longer.
I leave you with this final thought.

"The mere chink of cup and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose." George Gissing

Hope you have a great day.



KathyB. said...

I have never heard this story , it is precious. I will re-tell it to my granddaughters when we have our spring tea, and the Lily-of-the-Valley covers our woods.The cup and saucer are very pretty.

Bookie said...

Nice that you could track down so much history on your sweet cup!

Brian said...

That's pretty amazing and the leaves on those are very nice!

Terri said...

I love your lily of the valley cup and saucer. It is really lovely. The story is so sweet too.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us today.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groov said...

Very pretty teacup and saucer set! And I enjoyd the story! thanks for sharing.

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

Your post made me smile with memories - my grandmother loved teapots - I remember one I got her that I can still see in my mind - She also loved cameo's! My mom - is like the lily of the valley and I just gave her a planner with them on the front. Thanks for starting my day in a good way!
cheers, dana

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Penny! What a charming charming story, and your cup and saucer are just lovely....I love your Drac candy holder! How clever is that!!! Have a really great day. xo Paulette

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Penny!
What a lovely post and I love reading about the background of company's and teacups! I have a sweet creamer/sugar set that has Lilly of the Valley that reminds me of your teacup!
You have a great day!
Happy Tea!

Princesa Nadie said...

Thank you, meeting you has been a pleasure

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Sweet story... Thank you.

OT but... Re: New 'Victoria' and Old 'Victoria' magazines. My feeling... To reproduce our beloved Old 'Victoria' today, would be much too expensive.

But when the New 'Victoria' was born, I subscribed to it, right away. They are trying. And without our subscriptions, they won't be able to continue well.

Don't magazines show people who may want to take adds in them, the number of subscribers they have, to encourage the add taking? And isn't it the adds taken, which keeps a magazine viable?

So, I wanted to help the New 'Victoria' survive and thrive. Because it's the best we've got, since the Old 'Victoria' will never rise again. :-)

My thought...

Perhaps you might consider a subscription? No, I get nothing from the magazine! :-)

Gentle hugs...

tales from an oc cottage said...

Now that was a teaworthy tale!

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