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My Cup and Saucer Collection

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!

Good Morning Father and Mother antique cups and saucers ... I bought this pair of antique cups and saucers at a Louisville, Kentucky antique mall more than twenty years ago.  At that time my mother and I drove to Louisville to visit my mother's sister who was a long time antique lover.  My aunt schooled Mama and me in the fine art of collecting and these were the beginning of the collection.  I have added many cups and saucers since then but these are still among my favorites ...both the cups and the memories.

Good Morning Father and Mother antique cups and saucers ... I bought this pair of antique cups and saucers at a Louisville, Kentucky antique mall more than twenty years ago.  At that time my mother and I drove to Louisville to visit my mother's sister who was a long time antique lover.  My aunt schooled Mama and me in the fine art of collecting and these were the beginning of the collection.  I have added many cups and saucers since then but these are still among my favorites ...both the cups and the memories.

This cup and saucer was given to me by my aunt ... it had belonged to her mother-in-law.    UCAGCO China cup and saucer made in Japan ... United China and Glass Company (UCAGCO) was based in the USA and was the distributor of many Japanese china patterns during the early 1950s.

This cup and saucer was given to me by my aunt ... it had belonged to her mother-in-law.    UCAGCO China cup and saucer made in Japan ... United China and Glass Company (UCAGCO) was based in the USA and was the distributor of many Japanese china patterns during the early 1950s.

Meito China cup and saucer made in Japan ... pale yellow and white with floral motif and heavy gold trim

Meito China cup and saucer made in Japan ... pale yellow and white with floral motif and heavy gold trim

Royal Taunton blue floral cup and saucer ... made in England

Royal Taunton blue floral cup and saucer ... made in England

Pretty unmarked rose cup and saucer

Pretty unmarked rose cup and saucer

Sweet Pea by Salisbury Fine Bone China made in England

Sweet Pea by Salisbury Fine Bone China made in England

Pale yellow and white with pink and blue floral motif ... F&B (Meito) China ... made in Japan

Pale yellow and white with pink and blue floral motif ... F&B (Meito) China ... made in Japan

So pretty together

So pretty together

Depression glass American Sweetheart cup and saucer

Depression glass American Sweetheart cup and saucer

Hazel Atlas mid-century Pink Crinoline cup and saucer with ripple edge

Hazel Atlas mid-century Pink Crinoline cup and saucer with ripple edge

Green and white cup and saucer with pink rose motif ... Royal Taunton bone china made in England

Green and white cup and saucer with pink rose motif ... Royal Taunton bone china made in England

Royal Taunton China ... bone china made in England ... violets pattern

Royal Taunton China ... bone china made in England ... violets pattern

Buckingham pattern cup and saucer ... Andrea by Sadek

Buckingham pattern cup and saucer ... Andrea by Sadek

A really beautiful Bell China cup and saucer ... made in England

A really beautiful Bell China cup and saucer ... made in England

Adderly China tartan cup and saucer ... made in England

Adderly China tartan cup and saucer ... made in England

German pink and green demitasse cup and saucer

German pink and green demitasse cup and saucer

Moderntone blue depression glass cup and saucer by Hazel Atlas ... a family pattern since the 1930s

Moderntone blue depression glass cup and saucer by Hazel Atlas ... a family pattern since the 1930s

Pink roses cup and saucer by Noritake

Pink roses cup and saucer by Noritake

Peaches motif cup and saucer by Paragon China ... made in England

Peaches motif cup and saucer by Paragon China ... made in England

Gold China occupied Japan demitasse cup and saucer

Gold China occupied Japan demitasse cup and saucer

Royal Stafford China Tartan series cup and saucer ... made in England

Royal Stafford China Tartan series cup and saucer ... made in England

Royal Kent cup and saucer made in Staffordshire, England

Royal Kent cup and saucer made in Staffordshire, England

Pink roses cup and saucer ... Regency bone china made in England

Pink roses cup and saucer ... Regency bone china made in England

Small Ohata China occupied Japan demitasse cup but no saucer ... maybe cherry blossoms

Small Ohata China occupied Japan demitasse cup but no saucer ... maybe cherry blossoms

Small pink roses demitasse occupied Japan cup with no saucer

Small pink roses demitasse occupied Japan cup with no saucer

So sad ... broke the saucer to one of my favorites, a Merit China occupied Japan demitasse cups and saucer!

So sad ... broke the saucer to one of my favorites, a Merit China occupied Japan demitasse cups and saucer!

Three orphan demitasse cups

Three orphan demitasse cups

Two Sterling Renaissance cups and saucers made in England by J.G. Meakin

Two Sterling Renaissance cups and saucers made in England by J.G. Meakin

Pink floral cup and saucer from the Victoria's Secret Collection

Pink floral cup and saucer from the Victoria's Secret Collection

Mix and match so well

Mix and match so well

Pope Gosser 1950s New Princess pattern cup and saucer ... a collected cup and saucer in my paternal grandmother's pattern

Pope Gosser 1950s New Princess pattern cup and saucer ... a collected cup and saucer in my paternal grandmother's pattern

A collected cup and saucer from my maternal grandmother's pattern ... Haviland New York, Gloria, probably from the 1950s

A collected cup and saucer from my maternal grandmother's pattern ... Haviland New York, Gloria, probably from the 1950s

Elite Works, Limoges, France

Elite Works, Limoges, France

Fire King by Anchor Hocking Azurite Glass, Charm pattern ... I call it blue square

Fire King by Anchor Hocking Azurite Glass, Charm pattern ... I call it blue square

Two large Texas Alamo cups and saucers from the Johnson Brothers Historic America Pattern ... made in England

Two large Texas Alamo cups and saucers from the Johnson Brothers Historic America Pattern ... made in England

Anchor Hocking Blue Bubble cup and saucer

Anchor Hocking Blue Bubble cup and saucer

Orphan cups ... large cup on the right is Traditions Fine China by Johann Haviland China Corporation

Orphan cups ... large cup on the right is Traditions Fine China by Johann Haviland China Corporation

One of my favorites from Paragon China made in England

One of my favorites from Paragon China made in England

Beautiful Windsor Tulip pattern cup and saucer, made in England ... a recent gift from Lisa's friend, Francis ... I love it!   

Beautiful Windsor Tulip pattern cup and saucer, made in England ... a recent gift from Lisa's friend, Francis ... I love it!

 

Cup and saucer from the Victoria's Secret Collection

Cup and saucer from the Victoria's Secret Collection

From the Victoria's Secret Collection

From the Victoria's Secret Collection

From the Victoria's Secret Collection

From the Victoria's Secret Collection

From the Victoria's Secret Collection

From the Victoria's Secret Collection

Collecting Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Collecting Vintage Christmas Ornaments

James Beard Cookbook Collection

James Beard Cookbook Collection