Monday, November 1, 2010

Teacup Tuesday–Old British Castles

Today I’m sharing a teacup that I received at the “Teacup Exchange” event I attended last week.  It is a Johnson Brothers cup that was made in England in the popular Old British Castles pattern.

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This pattern also comes in blue, but I think it is very pretty in pink.

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This Johnson Brothers pattern has been in production since 1930.

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It was created in 1928 by Miss Fennel, the daughter of a master engraver.  There are 45 different castles depicted on the various pieces.  One side of the teacup shows Stratford on Avon and the other has Penshurst Kenton depicted in 1792.

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This saucer shows Kenilworth Castle in 1792.

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Now I’m off to enjoy a cup of tea and a mincemeat square for tea break.

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For those who haven’t tried mincemeat squares – they are basically the same recipe as date squares and are made with an oatmeal crust.  The mincemeat is smoothed in the blender.  I was pleased with the results using Borden “Nonesuch” brandy and rum mincemeat.

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Don’t forget to visit the lovely Teacup Tuesday blogs of hostesses Terri and Martha.  You can also visit  Wanda Lee at Tuesday Tea for Two.

17 comments:

Bookie said...

A tea cup exchange? Wow, what a great idea...I will ponder that one. You received a lovely cup...color and design...castles, great!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Talking about teacup exchange, am doing one with my gf.. infact we exchange 4 teacups at one go! teehee.. but your teacup just lovely! Johnson Brothers collection will never out of style! great collection!

KathyB. said...

I agree with Bookie, a teacup exchange? That is a wonderful idea I just might steal!Thank-you for showing me the teacup and some history.The pattern is one that very much interests me~it comes in blue you say?

Kathy said...

Hello! What a lovely teacup and opportunity to get together with lovely ladies celebrating what you love and having the opportunity to give!
What a delight,
Kathy

Dazie said...

Lovely tea cups! Tea cup exchanges sound great!
Dazie
x

Terri said...

Beautiful! I have this set and I love to use it, especially around the holidays.
This little tea cup set is so nice for a cuppa hot chocolate with a few marshmallows. Mmmmmmmm.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
Hugs,
Terri

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

interested in more tea xchngs?
we have one for november :)
details on my teacup tues post today... welcome!

PeregrineBlue said...

Johnson Bros' never fails does it. I love their jugs too.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What a fun event! And the Johnson Bros British Castles is such a great pattern! Enjoy your newest teacup and saucer and have a wonderful day!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi :) Lovely teacup, especially being pink, my favorite color!

Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Princesa Nadie said...

Really very pretty!
I love that red pattern
Hugs

Terri Gordon said...

Hello, Oh that is such a beautiful tea cup, I love Johnson Brothers china. Thank you for sharing. Terri

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Wow! What a beautiful tea cup. You always have such wonderful posts. I look forward every week to what you will post. Have wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Steph said...

What great idea, a teacup exchange! This is a lovely one.

tales from an oc cottage said...

I just love this pattern!

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Marilyn said...

I love this style of teacup, very pretty. Now mincemeat squares do sound good. Where did you find the recipe? I am thinking of making something with mincemeat for the holidays, this might work.

Angela McRae said...

You are a great researcher, Maureen! I love hearing what you find out about all these great classic patterns!

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