Friday, April 1, 2011

Brambly Hedge Spring

This recent yard sale find is perfect for the season.  Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge pattern was new to me, but I’ll be on the lookout for more pieces in the series from now on.

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According to Replacements, Ltd. the little mice made their first appearance in 1980.  They were from British author and illustrator Jill Barklem, who published four seasonal stories, which have been translated into 13 languages.  You can find these delightful books at Amazon

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The little mouse on the front of the cup (or beaker) is using his slingshot and the mouse on the back is playing with his toys.  The floral vining and pale yellow touches on this cup are very pretty.

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I also learned that in 1901, King Edward VII conferred upon Doulton and Co. the honor of a Royal Warrant for the company’s production of ceramic vessels holding porous stones that filtered pollutants from the Thames River, London’s primary source of drinking water.  The company then became Royal Doulton.

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The fact that I only paid $1 for the beaker and Replacements, Ltd. lists it at $49.99 put me in the mood for a treat - my favorite Easter candy, speckled chocolate filled mini eggs.  I like to use them to garnish a pretty coconut layer cake. 

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9 comments:

Antiques And Teacups said...

Don't you just LOVE Brambly Hedge? They are so cute! And the Cadbury eggs aren't bad either.... :)
Ruth

Disney Mummy said...

My nana used to have this beaker. She liked the handle because she could easily hold it with arthritic fingers. In the late 90's/early 00's, Target offered regular size tea cups & saucers, as well a luncheon plates and miniature tea cups and saucers. Jill Barklem has the seasonal stories as well as other stories about the various characters. The stories and illustrations are delightful for all ages.

SOUTHERN TOUCH CATERING, INC. said...

This is one of my all time favorite patterns. I've never known the name of it, but have seen it several time in magazines and such. I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing the name. It is just the perfect pattern for the Easter/ Spring settings.

Frivolitea said...

Oh the Brambly Hedge illustrations are so charming. And what a find!

Joyce said...

I love Brambly Hedge.....I have a few of their tins they used to make. So cute. What a great find you came across.

Joy said...

That's adorable!

Angela McRae said...

What a great find! And I certainly never knew about the "Royal" in "Royal Doulton." Fascinating! Not surprised to learn you and I love the exact same Cadbury Easter candy. I may have to go get some now ... you're a bad influence! (But in a fun way!)

Marilyn said...

I have a Bunnykins set from Royal Doulton. I bought it years ago for grandchildren and now giving it to my niece. No grandchildren here. Love your cup, it is so sweet.

PeregrineBlue said...

i have always loved brambly hedge and once owned an autumn plate. those brits again!

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