Our Lancaster County trip this past weekend was much anticipated on my part for many reasons. First – I REALLY needed a vacation. Summer melted away into another school year without much rest and relaxation at The Writer’s Reverie, so I lived on the dream of an R&R at a B&B – and began to stash some cash for a treasure hunt antiquing adventure with Jillian from Bella Rosa Antiques. Jillian is my husband’s cousin, living in Amish Country where we were staying at the Lovelace Manor Bed & Breakfast!
She took us to the Burning Bridge Antiques Mall in Columbia, where her husband keeps a booth with some of his own finds for sale.
After gathering a pile on the first and second floors, I thought I was all done.
Then – I found stairs leading to a basement floor filled with more!
And, it was there that I strolled around the corner of a booth, perusing the shelves in a lighted cabinet, and saw it! Yes – it was – a footed teacup!
I had heard about these rare wonders of design. I’ve seen some featured on our Tuesday Tea Parties. But, I confess, I had never seen one in person. Yet, here was a lovely sample just waiting for me – if I could get an attendant to unlock the case. Finding help quickly, the cabinet was opened and the teacup was suddenly in my hands – and so was the price tag. I was sure it would be an expensive little treasure, but was joyfully surprised to see the price marked at only $7.00 – and discounted on top of that!
So, yes, I was now the proud owner of my first footed teacup – a lovely Royal Sealy piece – in deep aqua interior and luster ware outer, sporting a stunning hand-painted interior floral with raised gold trim touches –
. . . another unique example of Royal Sealy’s designs from the 1940’s through the early 1960’s.
I’m showing it off on a lace tablecloth next to a sweet bouquet of fresh flowers casually gathered in a vintage blue mason jar.
You’ll note my Harvest tea things in the background – and a curious little friend.
Yep! Just as I suspected – Squirrel Nutkin . . .
. . . aptly named after Beatrix Potter’s own naughty little friend who lost his fluffy tale to an owl for his mischief! But, my Squirrel Nutkin is only after a closer look at a perfectly lovely bit of fine china art.
Well, LOOK, but don’t touch, little fellow! This delicate slice of whimsey will be safely displayed on my teacup caddy for a time, before taking shelter in my own tea cabinet. Occasionally available for play date tea parties – but, sorry – no squirrels allowed.
Poor Nutkin! I expect I may have to host a high tea just for him one of these days!
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