I’ve been asked a lot lately about my pale blue & white antique dishes, specifically about the handleless cups and the pattern, so I thought I would share the details with everyone.
I found my first handless cup several years ago. I’m not generally a lover or collector of teacups, but I loved the more functional shape of these. They are taller than traditional tea cups, making them suitable to be used for small potted plants, candleholders, pencil cups, all sorts of things. And, since they don’t have a handle, they stack easily.
By the way, they are cups, not egg cups or pudding molds. They are from the 1800’s and that was the fashion, I suppose. I don’t often think about the fact that these are well over 100 years old. Oh, the stories they would tell…
Anyway, the color of this transferware also caught my eye. It is not a bright, royal blue, like much of the Blue Willow and Flow Blue out there, but a pale, soft blue that leans gray. I think it’s so lovely.
Once I latch on to something, I love to hunt for it. I’ve been collecting pieces here and there as I find them, usually for under $20/piece.
Because I’ve collected these from many places over many years, they are different patterns from different makers. I just look for a specific color and style and they all work together. I don’t know if I even have any two pieces that match beyond some cup and saucer pairs!
Here are a few marks, though, in case you’re interested…
In case you’re interested, I did a little online shopping on eBay and Etsy (affiliate links) to find some more pieces like the ones I have. Some are reasonably priced, but others are really expensive! I didn’t pay anywhere near those prices for the pieces I have. I thought I would share them, though, so you could find out more about the patterns, if nothing else.
As I’ve shared before, I have a problem when it comes to collecting pretty, antique, breakable things! Anyone else?