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.
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.
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.
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.
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.