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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Some Valentine's Day Decorating and Tea Cups!

I won't post my Valentine's Day table until Tablescape Thursday, but I do have some decorations throughout the house. So today I thought I would share my tea cup cabinet. It is in a dark corner and hard to photograph, but here is my best attempt!

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When I was a baby, a family friend, who had no children, decided to start buying tea cups for me. Technically, I think most of them are demitasse cups, but my family always called them tea cups. She passed away before I was 4, and my family boxed up these tea cups, so I never knew about them until I was 24 and got married. My mother pulled a box out and told me about them. As I newlywed, I was being showered with china, silver and crystal, so I didn't really appreciate them. I hauled this box whenever we moved, but finally when I was 30 and a stay at home mother, I unpacked the box. What a treasure and given to me by someone I never knew!

In my Victorian home, I have a china cabinet from the 1920's that houses all of them. For different occasions I display some on top with other goodies I have found through the years. Here is what I pulled out for Valentine's Day. Any information would be welcomed!!!

This is one of my very favorites! It is so thin and delicate!

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This is the backmark on the cup; there is none on the saucer.
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This next one seemed very appropriate for Valentine's Day also with the pink and the flowers.
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Here is the saucer - it is too pretty to stay covered all the time!
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The backmark on the saucer
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This next one reminds me of my grandmother's wedding china from 1920 which my sister inherited.
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The last cup always seemed a bit out of place with the rest of the cups, because it is larger, but the rose is so perfect for Valentine's Day!

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Here are some photos of the top of the cabinet. Again, hard to photograph, but with these cups I have added some various mini tea sets and a tea pot, a chintz mug and some novelty cups.

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In the middle I have some silk roses in a carafe that I thought made a nice vase!
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Hope you have enjoyed some of my decorations! I will post more later! :D Jewel
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