Interiors & Exteriors: Two New Old Teacups
Can you take another week of vintage teacups? I've just added two more cup and saucer sets to my collection and couldn't wait to photograph one of them especially, I bet you can guess which.
The beautiful handpainted turquoise and gold floral set is from Noritake, but oddly the mark on the bottom of the teacup is only a partial print of their Komaru symbol with no writing other than what looks like three errant letters, and as far as I've found there wasn't an era in Noritake production where only the symbol was used. I wonder if it's a second? On one side of the exterior the handpainted flowers remain, but the gilt decoration is completely missing, as if it was never there. Considering the other side shows hardly any wear, and the inside is full ornate, it seems intentional for whatever reason. More than likely it's pre-1921. But it's so gorgeous and so delicate, it's like eggshell, none of this matters. Let's call this piece mysterious and curious!
The other set is a perfect little miniature George Jones. In 1907 Trent Pottery became Crescent and after 1921 the marks said 'Made in England', so that puts this set somewhere between 1907 and 1921. It's incredible that so much of this delicate china survives 100 years.
For the two previous vintage teacup and teacup posts see the Interiors & Exteriors archive
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