October 27, 2012
I picked up (or rather, I bargained aggressively) for this dainty vintage cup, saucer and plate set in an op shop yesterday. I swear I have never touched such fine china. It is remarkably light. After giving it a much needed wash, the colours lit up and the gold trimming shone gloriously. What a little clean can reveal!
I'm very fond of it already and it's only come to live with me less than twenty four hours ago. It has definitely been used quite a bit; the gold under the cup handle looks rather worn. Other than a few obvious worn marks, the whole set is in excellent condition. There is a definite 'vibe' that this cup has been loved. I can feel it. And I love this feeling. I'm already wondering about it's history; I wish it could speak to me.
Now whilst I have a preference for all things 'made in England', this piece was infact 'made in Australia'. I'm quite intrigued. The only words the underside reveal are 'St. Kilda, Fine china, Australia'. I have no idea about this chinaware, so if you do; please, do tell.
I had no intention of buying this little coffee cup and saucer, but this piece cost less than a cup of coffee to drink! At $3 I grabbed it.
I visited six op shops in all and I'm told that vintage cups fly out the door virtually the minute they come in. They refused to take my name and phone number because they simply have no trouble moving the stock. Oh dear.
My day saw me come home with the cups you see and with three vintage saucers and one very old vintage looking plate. The photo below does no justice to this charming 'green' saucer. It's a Foley bone china and I particularly like this one.