Friday, July 13, 2012

A teaware rescue

If only teawares could talk! A friend's family was cleaning out some rental property and came across some dishes my friend *almost* threw away, but then she thought of me and called to see if I wanted them. Of course I said yes, out of curiosity if nothing else, and I must say I found these pieces quite charming in a rough-edged kind of way! I do believe these are handmade ceramics—do you agree?—as all these pieces are marked "HC 98" on back. I wonder who made them. Hillary Clinton? Howard Cosell? (Actually, he had died in 1995, so no.) Harry Connick Jr.? Kinda fun to imagine them firing up some ceramics, isn't it!

Here is the teacup and saucer set.

Interestingly, both the teacup and saucer are footed. Does that make this set double-footed? Is there a term for that?

The plates are nice and simple, and I can see these used at, say, Christmas, in a three-tiered rack as serving plates.

These are clearly salt and pepper shakers, but ...

... I asked my friend, "How do you get the salt and pepper in those little holes?" She just shook her head and grinned at me like, "That's YOUR problem!" But you know what? I have used old salt and pepper shakers as ornaments on my tea-themed Christmas tree before, and I do believe I'll do the same with these!



12 comments:

parTea lady said...

It's nice to be a rescuer. Those salt and peppers will look very pretty on your tea tree.

Joy said...

What a nice rescue find! Those plates will be gorgeous in a tiered rack, and the salt and peppers will make great ornaments.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

If you take firm paper or alum foil and make a tiny cone you can put your salt and pepper in those - and if you whittle a wine cork down you can make your own stoppers so they're usable.

I love free china. What fun.

Bernideen said...

Lovely pieces which could easily be blended with others!

loralie said...

very pretty find

Deb said...

Very different. I like the little tea-cup and saucer.

Anonymous said...

What a pretty set, Angela - I love the fact that they are footed. And I'm glad they were 'rescued' by someone who will appreciate them and give them a great home. Joanie

Rosemary said...

Love your imagination! Hillary Clinton!

Ginger said...

What an interesting set.

Kaye said...

Love the little feet on these. What a shame it would have been if these were trashed. Good of you to rescue them!

The Teaist / De Theeist said...

Yay free china! And it's cute in a slightly frilly way :)

Am surprised to see salt and pepper shakers at a tea service!

Rescuing china is wonderful. I recently rescued two cute, gilded cups and saucers. Ought to blog them sometime :)

Marilyn said...

With the gold on them they actually look sort of dressy and fun. Christmas would be a lovely time to use everything here. Have fun! Like your imagination here.