Friday, August 31, 2012

Her father's teacups

With the kind permission of my college pal Lorelle, today I share her photos and story about some wonderful teacups she recently received. She says, "Thirty some years ago, my father (born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland) began purchasing dishes from Winn Dixie. The blue and white dishes had scenes from different lochs of Scotland. They were so special and treasured. Upon his passing in 1984, all his belongings were sold at a yard sale and my brother and I received very little." (Her parents were divorced then, she notes.)

"Last year, my mother found a box of tea cups and saucers and thought that I might want them ... To my surprise, these were from my father's set ... TEARS! I have six. And if I could only have part of this dinner set, well ... I suppose this was meant to be. What a blessing." (I agree!)

I don't think you even have to know Lorelle to be thrilled for her that she now has these beautiful teacups (in classic blue and white!) which are so meaningful to her. You can clearly see the Scottish thistles and the roses on the design, and of course that panoramic image on the teacup is just stunning. The bottom of this teacup says "Lochs of Scotland, Loch Duich, Royal Warwick" and "England." I believe a set like this would have caught my eye even if I did not know the history, but now that I've heard Lorelle's story, I'm even more charmed! Did any of you readers happen to collect these dishes years ago? And why, oh why, don't the grocery stores still offer them today!


14 comments:

Deb said...

They are beautiful. I do have one cup and saucer that I found in an antique shop and I treasure it. She is so fortunate to have the set that her father loved. Deb

Joy said...

How very special these must be to her, in addition to their apparent beauty! Thanks for sharing the story.

Tricia said...

So happy for her! I have three dinner plates of this set I found at a garage sale a few years ago. I love using them on my three-tiered server.

Also, my daughter just found four pieces of Johnson Brothers Coaching Scenes (in blue & white) at our local thrift store. We're going to start collecting for her hope chest.

Rosemary said...

What a beautiful story to share. I can imagine how thrilled and emotional she must be to have such a meaningful treasure. It was meant to be.

BELINDA IN SC said...

I have my Mom's Coaching Scenes,also grocery store china,also blue and white. I have 8/10 places settings.I got it because when she passed away my then 6 yr old son said he wanted randma's china with the pictures on it. It will go to hom(now 25) someday.
Thrilled for your friend!

BELINDA IN SC said...

I should read before submitting! typos!" Grandma" and "him"

Steph said...

Very special!

Marilyn said...

What a very precious story. I love them too because they are transferware.

Erin said...

What a beautiful story! I've seen individual teacups from this set on sale on Etsy occasionally, if anyone really wants them

Anonymous said...

What a nice story. I'm so happy for her and thank you, Angela for sharing this sweet story, Joanie

Ginger said...

how sad for your friend. I'm glad she was able to find these cups again. My everyday dishes are actually grocery store dishes. My Grandma bought all the grandchildren a set and saved them until we got married.

Penny said...

How wonderful! I grew up with these same dishes! Through the years they were mostly broken. I don't know if my mother has any left or not. They make me think of home! :)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and the 2 year planner. Nancy Carr nancythedove@aol.com

Cindy A. said...

I've been collecting blue and white china for some time now and am thankful to have a fairly complete set of Lochs of Scotland. More pieces can be bought at Replacements or if you like the thrill of the hunt then try auctions, yard sales, Goodwill, and such. Good luck!