Monday, April 30, 2018

A royal wedding mug and "English" silverplate

The weekend's shopping finds both have an English influence, and I feel compelled to share them now that we're just weeks away from the next royal wedding! First, there's this lovely commemorative mug by Molly Green that I found at T. J. Maxx for $5.99. Every tea-loving wedding watcher needs one of these, right?

With so many tea wares made in China and merely decorated in England anymore, I was surprised to find this sticker inside the mug reading "Designed & Made in England."

Here's the back of the mug, and I'll be interested to see if it bears any resemblance to real life!

My bargain find for the weekend was an old silverplated dish I found at a new-to-me thrift store in Carrollton, the Blake House Thrift Store (it's near the Publix Shopping Center, if any of you locals are curious). If I had an antique store or a place to resell items, I would have loaded up there! They had beautiful glass-handled tidbit plates, china platters, a few teacups and teapots, and nothing was over about $4. But I'd been searching for a small candy dish, and I love the pierced design on this one.

"Old English Silver Plate by Poole," it says, and I've purchased a fresh new container of Wright's Silver Polish so I can pretty it up. I believe Poole was a Massachusetts company, but I can't blame them if they, like me, like all things English!


  1. So cute! Ha! You had me going to Charming Charlie, got the last one, now you have me going to TJMaxx! My husband thinks I am crazy. I think it is great!

  2. I just may have to have one of those mugs. It's so whimsical! TJ Maxx here I come!

  3. That's great that the mug was actually made in England! You can drink your English Breakfast Tea from it as you watch the royal wedding.
    Your silverplate dish is very nice, and will be pretty as a candy dish. It was a great buy for a dollar. I think it may actually be a wine coaster (to sit a wine bottle on). I saw one on eBay that looks exactly like it, and it's described as a "Poole old English Silver Plate Basket style Wine Coaster."
    --from Vernona in DC

    1. Thanks for the info, Vernona. I wondered why it had the pretty pierced design at the bottom, and that may explain it!

  4. As soon as I read your post I knew I needed to visit TJ Max too! But, would that same mug be all the way over here on the West Coast? Alas, they did not have it :(. But, I thought I’d rule out Marshall’s too and was not seeing it there ... until I looked very carefully and, there it was!! :) Only one, but perfect condition! So thrilled! You always suggest the best things for tea lovers! And I’ve just ordered some Royal Wedding tea from Harney & Sons, so, along with my British bunting and some homemade royal wedding cupcakes, I think I’m set for wedding day! (Love your silver dish too - it’s always fun to find little treasures like that!) Brenda C.

  5. Now that is the best mug I have seen for the wedding celebration. I love it.


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