Lately I've been on a cleaning-out binge, tossing away, giving away, and putting away all kinds of books, magazines, and bric-a-brac. I've got my dad's blessing to bring some junk to his basement so my sister and I can be ready for the town yard sale there this fall. I don't care if I sell the stuff or not, I just want it gone. So I really, really think twice about bringing new stuff into my house (and my rule regarding teacups is that for any new one I bring in, I have to give one away, so expect some giveaways in the future, ha!). One area where I bend the rules, though, is when I come across something that's been on my "wish list," and Saturday at the Salvation Army in Carrollton, my aunt and I were shopping when I found a full-size cottage teapot like I've been wanting! Since it was just $1.50 and was in great shape, this definitely met a need.
It wasn't marked except for a sticker saying Made in Phillipines. I don't recall ever having teawares from the Phillipines before, do you?
The night before I hit the Salvation Army, I was talking to someone who wants me to help her with a big private tea on her property this fall. As I stood there pondering this fifty-cent handled dish, all I could think was, "Yes, and you'll be wishing you had this for lemon curd and cream come fall, won't you?" Since fall-colored teawares aren't that easy to come by, this got the nod as well.
The backstamp says Mitterteich, Bavaria, Germany. I found a page regarding Mitterteich backstamps here, and I gather this piece was made sometime after 1920. Fun finds at the thrift store!