My Cup and Saucer Collection
MY CUP AND SAUCER COLLECTION
In the mid-1980s, as I was having a cup of coffee and casually thumbing through a new J.C. Penney’s catalog that had come in the mail, I discovered that my mother’s silver pattern was being re-issued by Oneida. I called her excitedly to tell her of my discovery. She was excited too because several pieces of her 1942 set had been lost over time. I called Oneida to see if we could purchase our desired pieces as open stock. The extremely helpful Oneida sales person suggested that for an old set I try antique stores and told me about a great place to look in our area! I followed her advice and soon had replaced all of my mother’s missing pieces. A new hobby (and later a business) began for me.
I loved browsing the aisles of antique stores and markets and decided that cups and saucers would be a great first collection … beautiful, inexpensive and no need to be matching … a perfect beginner choice. I looked for vintage cups and saucers without cracks, chips or crazing or maybe a cup with no saucer. I never came home empty handed.
This collection led next to dessert plates and cream and sugar sets. I have enjoyed these beautiful pieces on display in china cabinets, in baskets, and as beautiful table settings for entertaining. Finally, these collections were limited by places for display. But moving on to new things has never been hard!