Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Treasure of China and a Treasure of Chocolate


It's fun going to antique shops and I frequent the ones in our little town. One never knows what one might find in them. Treasures abound everywhere -- even my little town on the prairie.

A shop long closed (but with treasures still inside) opened again for this weekend and everything was 70% off -- of course, I went inside . . . and hopefully there would be a treasure!

And there was!


A tea cup from around the 1830's. It's handleless -- as early English teacups were (for the Chinese teacups (from whence the English got their tea) did not have handles.) And it was a true treasure -- $6!!!
I had to have a cup of tea with my new teacup -- tea for one, alas, because I had only one treasured tea cup. But the tea was in my silver pot -- a teacup like this deserves a silver pot! And the nosh -- a four layer chocolate cake! The teapot and the cake befitting such a Royal cup1
It has flowers -- pink and yellow ones and the green is not leaves but rather peacock feathers. And a flower and feathers are in the bottom of the cup and on the inside rim as well!
The saucer is abloom with flowers and peacock feathers and it's deep -- for saucers were used not to hold cups but rather to drink out of -- it's deep enough that it will hold the entire cup of tea!

And the nosh --



This delightful four layer cake! Alas, I did not make it just for me and tea -- it was leftover from a luncheon I had on Friday. But it did make an elegant snack that was perfect for my new elegant tea cup.

Alas, I would love to have three more -- or even be greedy and lust for five more -- but the only marking on the bottom is a blue Y -- I would have no idea where I could get any more -- for any price!

It's Tuesday -- which means that it's Tea Time -- There are so many wonderful Tea Times on Tuesday that I've decided to join them all! Plus, Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, has her Tabletop Tuesday -- and what is on my table is my new tea cup!

Visit these lovely ladies and enjoy your Tuesday Tea Times!

Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Time Tuesday

Martha (another Martha) at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday

Pam at Breath of Fresh Air for Tea Pot and Tea things Tuesday

Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor for Tea Time Tuesday

Wanda Lee at the Plumed Pen for Tuesday Tea for Two



32 comments:

Sherry said...

Oh, what a beautiful tea cup!! I just love the ones without handles. Your cake looks decadent! Very nice tea.
Sherry

Allie and Pattie said...

lovely and unique Martha- befitting of Linderhof!
xoxo Pattie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your teacup and saucer are just stunning. What a beautiful pattern. I didn't know the early teacups didn't have handles. Very interesting. Your silver teapot is gorgeous. Now as for the cake, I am totally drooling. It looks so yummy. Such a wonderful setting for a snack. Hugs, Marty

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I forgot to tell you Thank you for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

BumbleVee said...

what an amazing little find! And, it looks so fine as a setting for one ... with silver .....

~Country Lady~ said...

Oh Martha, what a lovely tea cup!! Your dessert looks absolutely decadent! I wish you luck in finding many more of the exact same teacup!! Your teapot is divine!!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your antique tea cup is so pretty and the chocolate cake looks yummy.

Beth said...

What a lovely cup! You got a great deal. And the cake looks fabulous, Martha. It is always a pleasure to visit Linderhof. Have a great day!
Beth

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a fabulous deal you got on a beautiful tea cup.. the cake looks so yummy.. gorgeous setting..
hugs ~lynne~

xinex said...

What a great find at such a great price! Your chocolate cake is very tempting..Christine

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/ said...

oh, love the new cuppa. I have some with 2 handles! ha!

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

A very lovely teacup, and that chocolate cake looks so delicious....I'm a confessed chocoholic! I admit it, lol :)

Warmest, Brenda

Snap said...

Oh, my goodness. What a great find! The cup is wonderful.... all the food on all the posts are making me hungry! Happy Teacup Tuesday!!!!

Terri said...

Your handle-less tea cup is lovely! What a bargain you have there.
Your silver tea pot is really amazing as well.
Thank you so much for sharing your treasures with us today.
Hugs,
Terri

Carol said...

What a lovely find!! You inspire me to start a collection of pretty teacups someday..Perhaps this week I will find one at the flea market.

Lady Katherine said...

How I adore to go to the little shops! What a wonderful Treasure you found! I love the Peacock feathers on the cup! Yes, your beautiful silver Teapot is perfect! How special you have made your cup of Tea with such lovely things! Isn't it wonderful to have a chocolate cake left over for your Tea! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday. If I could be there, we could share the cup or the saucer to drink from! Maybe one day you will find another! Such a lovely cup just for you!

Bookie said...

Very unique cup...cake looks delicious.

I am not far from you so I am wondering if the shop is closed again...will it cease to be in business? I have not been to your town in couple of years but always loved the shops there. Is the Kresge tea room still going? I hope this is not the shop that closed!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Martha: What a beautiful treasure you found. I just love that cup. I am so glad you shared it with us. I do not own a handle free cup. I have been looking for one for a while. You truly found a treasure. Blessings, Martha

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow that is one unique teacup. more like a Chinese teacup but the size is quite big too.. anyway, that cup is still rare and precious treasure! thanks for sharing.. and the cake yummy!

Southerncook said...

Beautiful tea cup Martha and what a great "find". That cake surely looks decadent as well.

Carolyn

paperbutterfly said...

What a find!! You have a true treasure there and who wouln't want more.
Thank you for sharing this with the other tea ladies. What a delight for them.
You are always welcome for tea.
Have a great week.
Pam

parTea lady said...

That is a beautiful handleless teacup. What a fabulous bargain find. That silver teapot has a wonderful shape.

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely little tea cup and I think tea for one is just divine!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Mary said...

The cup and saucer are exquisite, Martha. The cake looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Ro Magnolia said...

I had no idea that tea cups used to have no handles! Very interesting. And oh my, that chocolate cake looks to die for!!! If you want a little "lighter fare" for tea time, you'll have to pop over to my Teddy Bear Picnic tea and enjoy a little cup of tea with maybe just one blueberry to accompany it. :)

www.softwindsandroses.blogspot.com

bj said...

OMGoodness, Martha...you did indeed find a treasure. I love your beautiful new cup and saucer..and the cake...ummmm

Appleshoe said...

Lovely teacup. Your silver teapot reminds me of Aladdin’s lamp and made me smile. Does your blue Y look like the ones on this link? http://www.porcelainmarksandmore.com/usa/newrochelle_1/00.php

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Tina Eudora said...

What a beautiful cup and saucer, and a precious vintage one at that! I have to say though, my eyes went right for the chocolate cake..:)
Tina xo

Diane said...

I've never seen one with a design like this before. This is so much fun seeing how many different ones there really are!
Diane

Marydon said...

Awesome tea cup, love the deep saucers of yore! The pattern is gorgeous! We've had several similar to this in our shop ...

This is my first participation ... pop by for a visit.

Happy 4th!
TTFN ~ Marydon

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

What a beautiful and unusual tea cup. The pattern is lovely. Your silver teapot is also beautiful! As for that slice of chocolate yummieness.. (is that a word?).. always room for chocolate!