You will probably get very tired of my Newport photos – at least three more posts I can do on this little trip from last week visiting my son, daughter-in-law, and grandbaby, Mackenzie. But, I mean, honestly – New England? And, Newport, Rhode Island at that??
Lovely adventures worthy of a post anytime – especially when it involves shopping, antiques, and tea things!
First up: Antique Teatime!
Newport – home to the Bellview Avenue Newport Mansions where the Vanderbilts and Astors vacationed in their summer “cottages” during the late Victorian/Edwardian Gilded Age. They’re all museums now, and I enjoy taking one in each time I visit my son – but, this trip we wouldn’t be able to do so. I had to content myself with a visit to the Museum Shop on America’s Cup Boulevard – where you can take in all the mansion souvenirs, at least.
I had promised to get a “Votes for Women” button for my friend, Sarah, who is a fellow Vineland history re-enactor. She specializes in women’s history and suffragettes. At the Museum Shop, not only can one get a button that says “Votes for Women” but an entire tea and china service . . .
. . . recreating the famous 1909 suffragette open house held at Alva Vanderbilt’s Marble House mansion just a few blocks away.
I was going to purchase a really marvelous tea cup and saucer at an antique shop for show and tell with you all. Problem was – I really couldn’t make up my mind. If I had been all by myself, spending two hours going back and forth between booths at the Armory Antiques Mall in Newport would not be an issue. But, as I was with my children and the baby – well – a polite stroll through the antiques mall in this downtown tourist haven – under a half hour – was appropriate. Baby would need a shady place soon, so we needed to keep things moving at a nice pace.
At least I had my camera to capture on film the plethora of tea things to tantalize and tempt!
Here’s a stunning set with delicious colors!
This group of tea cups kept me occupied for a bit. Surely ONE of these would be worthy to bring home. Problem was – ALL of them were! One was affordable. But, I just couldn’t decide. I was starting to stress out. Red flag warning sign that I’m not enjoying myself in a healthy manner.
So, we move on. Here’s a lovely rose pattern . . .
And, below note an interesting shape to the violet patterned teapot in the background . . . while the unusual hand-painted set in the foreground fascinates in and “hourglass” design!
Hmmmm . . . this gold trimmed lovely almost left the shop with me – but – I worried . . . would I find a better choice around the corner?
Ah! Here’s something interesting! A child’s tea table all ready for dollies and teddy bears!
But . . . what’s this?
Say . . . I recognize that child’s tea set . . .
Why . . . why . . . I OWN that set! Or what’s left of it. It’s in the Moss Rose pattern – the one my mom, aunt, and grandmother collected in their youth and was passed down to me – every piece! This children’s set was actually given to ME at the tender age of two (around 1961) by my Aunt Fanny (grandpa’s sister) – who, for some reason – forgot that two year old’s and china tea sets are not a good match.
I keep it in my jelly cabinet these days . . .
Here’s the teapot . . .
. . . creamer, and sugar . . .
. . . and here’s why it was not the best choice for the tender two’s . . .
. . . the last cup and saucer of the set – this one salvaged with a bit of glue. Notice the large crack? Mom had taken the set away from me and packaged it up for a later time in my life after the carnage. I rediscovered it around the age of ten and have cherished it – what was left of it – all these years.
So, even though I didn’t leave the Armory Antiques with a new tea cup – I left with the satisfaction that I already owned a treasure worthy of sale in a Newport antique shop!
Look out for my Newport Antiques Patrol post coming up later this week – with more great finds!