Monday 17 November 2014

Tea cups and a Magazine Swap

I'm so grateful my dear mother lived in the days of
Tea Parties
this was the time of gracious living.
She gave me her precious china which she loved so much.
There is only one cup left in this particular set
along with four saucers and plates.
I have the plates on the wall in a bedroom!
But I use the cup quite often
it is such fine china and lovely to drink from.

The gold is fading in parts
this adds to the aged patina that I love.
It shows that it has been used
and not locked away in a cupboard.

This cup and saucer were made by
Hammersley & Co. 
Longton, England.
It's at least 80 years old, maybe even more.
I would love to know the name of the pattern,
 if anyone is able to enlighten me.
I googled Hammersley, but this particular pattern didn't come up....

 Now for some other tea time treasures....

Back in September
Judith of Lavender Cottage
Yes... Mosaic Monday Judith
and I had a magazine swap!
I initiated the swap after drooling over the gorgeous
photos of tea related magazines on her blog!
I've read the two lovely magazines from cover to cover
several times - thank you so much Judith!
We don't see these magazines in New Zealand.
You can read Judith's post about our swap

I'm joining
Judith of Mosaic Monday
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea

Take care and
be kind to one another

...oh just before I go it's Giveaway time
come back in a couple of days
and I'll tell you all about it!

Merci à bientôt



  1. Wie wunderschön, dieses feine Porzellan.
    Daraus schmeckt der Tee hundertmal besser als aus dicken Keramik-Tassen.
    Diese verschiedenen Muster bei Tassen und Tellern nannte man bei uns früher "Sammeltasse".
    Man sammelte Tassen mit verschiedenen Formen und Mustern.
    Es war mal sehr modern, als ich Kind war.
    Inzwischen kommt die Mode zurück :-)
    Mir gefällt das sehr.
    Ich habe noch von meiner Großmutter ein paar traumhaft schöne Einzel-Tassen mit Nelken aus Porzellan.
    Ein schönes Andenken <3

    Umarmung und Grüße
    Sophie xx

  2. Such a stunning cup and saucer Shane. So lovely to see you using this on a regular basis. It is so sad to see these gorgeous pieces locked away in a cabinet or dresser.

  3. These beautiful cups are given to the riight person. Treasure them. Groetjes from Holland, Hetty

  4. Beautiful china. I'm sure that if you sent a photo to Hammersley customer services they would be able to identify the pattern.

  5. Beautiful collages and images of this precious china...I would covet it as well....I love the shape of the cup as well as it adds to its elegance.

  6. Beautiful posting as always


  7. Hello Shane,

    this is such a beautiful teacup! A true treasure.

    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  8. I love your very pretty vintage teacup, Shane. I have quite a collection of them as well, from my mother and mother-in-law. And I do have tea parties now and then. The Victoria magazines are really lovely to look at. Have a wonderful week. Pamela

  9. What a lovely cup and saucer. The gold design on the edges ups the importance! You just have to feel elegant when you drink from it.

  10. I love the mosaic here with all the shots of the teacup. Your Mom's treasures are now living on and being enjoyed by you and also BY US! Wonderful. I am so glad you won Judith's swap too!

  11. The china is beautiful! Such a precious family heirloom!

  12. Hello Shane
    Your cup and saucer are really beautiful! (And the magazines look interesting as well.)
    I love your heart-shaped photos and (parts of) collages!

  13. Such a pretty cup and saucer today! I have a precious few that once belonged to my grandmother and don't want to use them because I'm always afraid of breaking them. She had dozens of them in her china cabinet and how I wish I had been lucky enough to inherit more than just a few.

  14. Shane your mothers china is just beautiful. Continue to enjoy it. Have a blessed day Madeline

  15. How lovely Shane to have your mothers tea cups. I am sure some one out there will know the name of your pattern.
    Hoping you are enjoying your spring in NZ.

  16. Dear Shane,
    wonderful things .........I guess, I must go and have a Tey now and some sweets ;O)
    Have a wonderful week, my friend,
    Love and hugs,

  17. Gosh Shane, I've spent an age looking through so many Hammersley china patterns online, and although there are many similar to yours, I just don't see an exact match! They sure made a lot of patterns over the years, especially with roses and gold trim. Perhaps you own the only remaining pieces! Very lovely and so special being your dear mother's china - many memories come from enjoying the pieces we've been fortunate to inherit from our families.

    Happy week dear - hope the weather has improved and spring is calming down in Auckland.

    Love and hugs - Mary

  18. Gorgeous china Shane! It's special to have family china, isn't it? So glad you won Judith's giveaway...wonderful! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  19. Hello dear Shane,
    how lovely to have those pieces of beautiful tea service ,from your mother.
    I love that you are using the cup, and not only keeping it behind glass,-it is so beautiful!
    And such a wonderful idea, to swap magazines, ...also here in Denmark, it is not possible to buy Victoria, -so I`ve had them ordered from US, but it is far too expensive in the postage now !!
    Hoping you are doing good, and have a little time enjoying the coming preparations for christmas, dear.

  20. Dear Shane, what a beautiful teacup to be able to use for your afternoon tea. So much nicer than looking at it through the the glass doors of a china cabinet. I'm sure if you were to take photos of your teacup and send it to Hammersley customers service dept. they would be able to give you some information. A lovely post with beautiful photos.

  21. Hi Shane
    I love the heart and shapes for your collages, so fitting for your mom's teacup.
    Well, at least the magazines are dry enough by now to read, something I feel terrible about happening - but I know from now on to enclose them in plastic. :-)
    Enjoy some tea and page turning, and thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  22. Beautiful cup and saucer Shane. Can't help with the name of the design. I have a large tea set of Hammersley.Beautiful large coffee pot, tea pot, cups and saucers and plates and many other plates and dishes. The coffee pot was the only one with a name which was" Howards Spray".Doesn't look the same as yours though. I don't use any of this beautiful set and whats more the family are not interested in it! Think perhaps I should start using it:-)Shirley.

  23. Dearest Shane,
    Wish I could help you out for finding the name of that lovely and delicate china from your dear Mother! I've searched at Replacements Ltd. and did check all the last ones, HAM - S-5:
    Sending you hugs,

  24. Hello Shane,

    What a lovely teacup to have from your mother. I'm sure you think of her when you use it. The magazines look like a lot of fun. Drinking tea with a magazine to read is a wonderful way to while away a few hours.
    Have a wonderful week,


  25. oh what a very special teacup set Shane!! It is not only gorgeous but the sentiments behind it equal its beauty. Those magazines look so beautiful indeed .How nice that cyber space allows us to connect in such an intimate way.

  26. Oh Shane, what beautiful china! You talked about drooling over Judith's magazines....well, I am drooling over this gorgeous tea cup :)

    Have a lovely week, sweet lady! Hugs!

  27. Shane this is such a lovely tea cup and a wonderful treasure as it was your Mother's. It was nice of you and Judith to trade magazines! I have seen Tea Time here in the US, although it is not easy to find.

  28. What beautiful china, and a lovely idea to hang the plates on the wall. I should try that!
    Been having trouble posting comments - the 400 error is stalking me - fingers crossed.. xxx

  29. Such a great idea to have your magazine swap, a good way to get to read things that you wouldn't otherwise! xx

  30. Oh, Shane, these are such lovely images of your beautiful tea cup and saucer. I really enjoyed how you used the heart over one of the images to accent the pattern. I can only imagine the love that you feel every time you drink a cup of tea out of this set. I have no clue as to the name of the pattern and maybe you have found the answer already.

    Thank you for sharing again your lovely images. Every time I see your photos, I always appreciate them so much. You are an inspiration.

    Blessings, Marrianna

  31. That is quite a beautiful and unique teacup! I hope you have a terrific day :)

  32. ♥Hello my dear friend! Soooo beautiful cups! Love! Happy day! xxx Riitta

  33. What a treasure your teacup is, Shane! Such a pretty pattern which holds lovely memories for you. I'm sorry I don't know the name of the pattern only that it is beautiful. I'm so glad you won Judith's magazine swap. What a shame you can't get magazines like that where you live. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a delightful day.


  34. Your teacup is lovely. I would use it regularly too. How lovely to have swaps with friends that send you special magazines.

  35. And what an elegant cup it is Shane, full of memories.

    Madelief x

  36. Such a beautiful tea set... Yes some pieces hold precious memories... Lucky you... You've displayed the teas sets detail so creatively too.... I love the collaging.... the ' Teatime ' magazine is so wonderful ... Aren't you lucky to have won it... ENJOY...Hugs

  37. What glorious china. I have my grandmother's china. I do not use it often, but when I do take it out, I remember wonderful times at her house. You have inspired me to get it out of the cupboard. Thanks!

  38. You have beautiful china Shane, so delicate! xx

  39. I may have missed that post of Judith's. I must go check. What a beautiful tea cup. It truly is gorgeous...I have not seen one any more lovely and that it was your mother's makes it all the more special.

  40. That is such a lovely teaset. Great idea to hang the surviving plates while still using the teacup. Brilliant idea to do a magazine swap. Sadly, we get no good magazines in this country. I'll be going to Dubai next month and will spend quite some time in the Japanese bookstore there at Dubai Mall. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  41. I have a very small tea cup collection and I treasure each piece. I'm fortunately to have a daughter-in-law who will enjoy having these at some future date.

  42. Such a gorgeous teacup! More precious that you received it from your mother. Such a memory to treasure and cherish. I ave my mothers cedar chest. Made across the board from me in Kansas! Sigh! It is so precious and I found lots of little treasures in it when I first received it. Oh the memories! Hugs, Anne

  43. Such a beautiful idea for a swap. When I first started blogging I participated in a teacup exchange. It was such a great way to connect with another blogger.

  44. Dear Shane,
    How wonderful to have your Mother's precious china - it is indeed a lovely pattern! I do hope you find the name of this pattern - I wish I knew. I love Victoria magazine and have subscribed to it since its debut, many years ago. My daughter and I share the lovely ideas inside.
    Wishing you a lovely week.
    xo Karen

  45. Lovely teacup, how nice to have a special heirloom!

  46. Shane how beautiful your set.

    My mom when she passed on had similar and of course she left it to her oldest daughter but I did get some pretty plates.

    The ones she served to the other children when they were born before me. I was 10 years alter.

    The plates back then were too pretty for every day she used them. I love them. I have them on my ledges for show and tell for me not in a cupboard.



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