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Monday, 21 May 2012

Queen Victoria Celebration of Tea Cup Tuesday 5/22

Oh ~ a lovely opportunity to share 
a Victorian TeaCup !
Vintage Hammersley Tea Cup and Saucer Victorian Violets Bone China...

to Celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday !

June 20 1837 the new Queen Victoria 
receiving the news of her accession to the throne ~ painted 1887
Queen Victoria 
Alexandrina Victoria
24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901
 was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. 
From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.
Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearnthe fourth son of King George IIIThe Duke and Duchess of Kent's only child,
Victoria, was born at 4.15 am on 24 May 1819
Kensington Palace in London
Both the Duke of Kent and the King died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
She inherited the throne at the age of 18,
after her father's three elder brothers had all died without surviving legitimate issue.

Her reign of 63 years and 7 months,
longer than that of any other British monarch and
longest of any female monarch in history,
is known as the 
Victorian era.


One of my obvious Favourites ~
perfect for a May Birthday Party !

Victorian Violets 
displays an abundance of violets. 
"Victorian Violets from England's Countryside by Hammersley"

I am entirely excited 
one of these Tea Cup delites is on its way home to me !

~the motif on the back of the cup is different from that on the front 
some with a sweet trio of violets on the interior of the cup. 


the main design includes one single white violet amongst the purple ones. 
In the Victorian 'language of flowers
the purple violet represented shy modesty 
~the "shrinking violet" or retiring personality~
while the white violet portrayed candor or innocent truthfulness. 
So this little bouquet would convey the message 
"I am too shy to speak openly, 
but my words and feelings are honest and true." 

Hammersley & Co was located in Longton ,

 one of the six towns in Staffordshire known as "The Potteries"
 later becoming Stoke-on-Trent
{ one of my fave places to visit for china searching !} 

Established in the early 1880s as Harvey Adams & Co, 
the name was changed to Hammersley in 1887
and based at Alsager from 1887
The backstamp was used until 1932 
when it was altered to include the pottery location "Longton". 
In 1939 Hammersley was acquired by the Spode group 
and the name Hammersley disappeared from the backstamps.

The company was bought by the American Carborundum Co. in 1966.

For me it's Always ~
Perfect timing for Violet Tea Cups !

Now I would love to introduce you to a quick
Tea Cup Tuesday Extra
since reading is so often a part of our Teatime pastimes..

Found these 2 TeaCup novellas from Diane Moody
Visit her Fantastic Website or her blog, "just sayin' 
her books are a FuN reflection of Diane ~
 for today's purposes of TeaTime,
here are two that are sure to please!
Tea with Emma is the first in a series called “The Teacup Novellas.” 
Lucy Alexander has a serious case of writers’ block. That is, until her UPS guy delivers a box of vintage teacups – a gift from the estate of her late Aunt Lucille, her namesake. The teacups immediately take her back to memories of those many summers she spent with her beloved aunt and the special teaparties they’d share when Aunt Lucille would tell her all those wonderful stories. Suddenly the stories rush through Lucy’s mind like so many movie scenes all vying for her attention. And as those stories bombard her, she realizes her writers’ block has disappeared. A series of novellas begin to unfold in her mind. The first, a modern-day take of Jane Austen’s Emma . . .

and the second in The Teacup Novellas

Bestselling author Diane Moody does it again this time with her delightful novella series based on a family heirloom collection of vintage teacups. Each delicate cup and saucer inspires a unique stand-alone story, whether it's set in a college town in Texas, a quaint seaside village in Oregon, or a small rural town just down the road from Nashville. 

Follow the legacy of these teacups 
through tales of romance and mystery with a touch of faith.

Hoping your Tuesday is filled with the simple pleasure of 
Taking Tea . . .

find more Tea Cups at
Martha's Favourites  & Terri's

Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser

katherines corner


The Charm of Home said...

What beautiful china! I always loved Queen Victoria, her story is an inspiration.

Linda said...

Such lovely tea service, and wonderful history of the meaning of the violets. Also enjoyed the history of Queen Victoria.

Deb said...

This is a wonderful post filled with history and beautiful china. The cups are so pretty and I am going to look for books by this author. Thank you. Deb

Unknown said...

Your tea cups are so pretty! I adore sipping tea and love all things tea, but the best part is seeing so many different tea sets. If we could only have them all! I'm now following you as I love your post's. Thanks for visiting me and hope to visit often.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous post! So wonderful to celebrate the life of Queen Victoria - I truly admire her! Your tea set is perfect - purple violets - I am intrigued by these books - I'll definitely look for them! I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Michele said...

What a wonderful post honouring Queen Victoria.

Your Violets tea collection is extraordinary, so so beautiful!

Thank you for the book suggestions.

Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Great post! I was just preparing a Queen Victoria BD post for my English blog! I love the Hammersley Violets pattern. So lovely. I will be checking out the Teacup Novellas and thanks for mentioning them! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Wonderful to have each of you chatting and sipping! TY for taking time to share w/ me today ...

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Your Victorian Violets tea collection is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your Victorian inspired tea time and Queen Victoria's BD. The Romance & mystery novels look intriguing indeed. Have a wonderful day!

Mark Koopmans said...


Definitely a different type of Tea Party and Happy Birthday to the Old Queen Vic herself. (If she's looking down at us :)

Thanks for visiting - and commenting :)

New follower here :)

Terri said...

What a great post! I love that image of Queen Victoria! And The Victorian Violet tea set is truly gorgeous! I am glad you are getting one! Violets are so perfect on china! I have a Hammersley tea cup set very similar to the ones you share here. Hammersley made some beautiful china.
The books you have shared look interesting to me, thank you so much for telling us all about them.

Red Rose Alley said...

This is a beautiful tea set, and I love the color purple. I never knew the story of the Victorian era. I used to love Victorian decor, and it was all around my house. A part of me will always like it, I believe. Now, I think it's time for some tea.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Michelle said...

I love the painting of Queen Victoria. What a beautiful tea set! The violets are so gorgeous against the white background. ~Michelle

Vera Godley said...

What absolutely beautiful china. Love the violets. Takes me back to my childhood when I would go to an old neighbor lady's backyard and pick purple violets for my mother. (with permission, of course) Sometimes I would find a few purple/white varigated in the mix. Loved them.

And thank you for visiting and leaving comments. :)

carol l mckenna said...

What a delightful post ~ and Tribute to Queen Victoria who had major impact on the world all her life ~ Wow! ~ Great china cups for tea ~ lovely ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh, I love your violet china! Thanks for the tips on the books. I'll be trying them for sure! Also enjoyed reading about the Queen.
Have a great holiday weekend!

Katherines Corner said...

Your violet china is so lovely. I collect tea cups. I think it wonderful that you have whole sets. I always enjoy seeing your sweet teacups. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo P.S. thank you for sharing the hop with your readers :-)

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

what lovely comments and chat! i'm loving your company ~ TY for taking time to stop and stay awhile...

my pleasure to share the hop Katherine ~ TY for hosting THursdays!

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