But I got tired of dusting it, and into a cabinet it went. It really didn't serve a "purpose" -- it was just a cute tea set -- to set around!
Thirteen years ago, we auctioned things from our retail store. I went through closets, cabinets and drawers and put things in the sale as well. The items in "that" cabinet went into the sale.
Years later, I found out it was a Royal Winton
And it was quite valuable -- $200 up for that little tray with a cup, a wee pot, a miniature sugar, a miniature cream and a toast rack.
Boy, did I ever mess up.
I rued the fact that I sold it.
WHAT was I thinking?
Cleaning in the attic last week and going through bins up there
What did I find?
My Royal Winton Breakfast Set
It was like reuniting with an old friend!
Royal Winton is an English potter
Started in the late 1800s
Probably their most famous product
are their Chintzware
and these little breakfast sets.
No other potter made a similar breakfast set
So they are unique to Royal Winton
Best I can tell they are 40s (late) or 50s
They are rare but there are still quite a few available, especially here in America.
I think they were one of those "adorable" things that
travelers to England bought in the 50s to bring home to America.
And like me, got tired of dusting it and so they were put away.
This little set won't be put away again any time soon.
While my "maid" won't be bringing me tea and toast in the morning, it will be
fun to have tea and cinnamon toast in my cozy spot in the bedroom
in the afternoon.
OH MY GOSH - I knew as soon as I started reading and saw the picture it was a breakfast set - I would swoon... I have only seen these in books / magazines, lol. Lucky you!
I love it, Martha! I always look forward to your posts. Have a Merry Christmas!
I've heard them called Batchelor's Breakfast sets. I guess single men in their clubs had them
I love how that happened...like an early Christmas present!
So happy that what you thought was gone...was found. It is a wonderful Tea/Breakfast set and I love to hear about how it was used back in the day too. I know you will enjoy having this in your home where you can use it and enjoy it too. Does look a little like something I saw on Downton Abbey when breakfast was served in bed.
I've never seen an English tea set. It's beautiful! What a great story!!
That set is indeed adorable, and I'm so glad you found it!
What a charming little tea set. I am so glad it was found.
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