Some especially meaningful teawares came my way last week. After my friend Ann's mother, Dean, passed away, Ann asked if I would like any of her mother's old dishes and even sent me some photos to choose from. I knew immediately what I wanted. Years ago, I bought some moss rose tea and toast sets that had belonged to her mom, so when I saw the matching teapot, I knew that's what I would most like. I also had the pleasure of enjoying a few social occasions with her mother, who was a retired nurse, on several occasions, so I have a lovely lady to think of whenever I use this teapot. (I also remember eating some of her spiced pecans at a shower, and they were the best pecans I've ever eaten!)
When I got to Ann's house, however, I found she had assembled a few extras as well, mostly things that featured that same moss rose design. In fact, we have a mutual friend named Barbara, who is Ann's best friend, and she said, "Oh, here, Barbara pulled these for you as well." I couldn't help grinning, because I had insisted I wanted only the teapot, but as you can imagine, it isn't very hard to wear me down when teawares are involved! In fact, later this week I'll share more of them—and some wonderful old books I came home with as well.
The bowl and the vase were easy pieces to identify, but I was intrigued by this pretty heart-shaped set of pieces. Ann and I both guessed these were once used as ashtrays (imagine!), maybe with the little rounded piece at the top of the heart used for resting the cigarette. But I have been to a tearoom where old Tiara glass ashtrays were called into service to hold lemon curd and even tiny pieces of cut fruit. I'll bet if I used these in a pretty table setting, no "ashes" would ever come to mind! As I told Ann, I will treasure my new teapot and all these pieces, knowing they once belonged to her sweet mother. Do you have any teawares that are meaningful because they were passed along to you in a similar way? I'd love to hear about them!