In search of Shelley

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My grandmother enjoyed fine china. Family lore has it that she would entertain her circle of friends with a genteel afternoon of bridge and high tea (with no doubt some family and local gossip thrown in).

Now, 60 years later, whenever my friends visit for tea out come the trios (the cups, saucers and plates). It’s always interesting to see who chooses which pattern. None of them match. I’ve always called it a crazy tea set, but really it is a collection of Shelley, Aynsley, Wedgewood and Doulton.

I don’t play favorites, love them all, but I’ve always felt a little sad about the orphans. These are the cups, saucers and plates that aren’t part of a set, or sets that are incomplete. So now the quest has begun the add and replace. Antique shops are good, but the internet is better. Not only are missing pieces there to be found but so is the knowledge, the names of cup and plate shapes, the names of the patterns and the history of the makers. *sigh* I can get lost there all day.

The current search is for a single Shelley primrose chintz cup see above and a Shelley floral saucer see below.

Now I think it’s time for tea.

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