I don't know about you, but I'm always transported back to the lady of the house who pre-owned them, were they her Sunday best, I think so because they are all so immaculate, no chips or cracks and no dishwashers back then so lovingly washed in hot, soapy water by hand.
Looking at the underside markings on both designs there was the Colclough stamp. The Colclough china company was founded in 1890 by Herbert Joseph Colclough, who was an ex-Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. You can read more about the history here.
Both these designs are from the early 1960's as well as these fruity designs below from Royal Vale. I just love the shape of the tea-cups from back then.
I bought these at an event, where a lady was selling tea-cups with candles that she had made, I loved the cups but not keen on the candles so will probably ease them out, I don't want to risk damaging the cups if I burn the candles!
What am I going to do with my growing collection?? They will live in my photo props cupboard for now, I can think of dozen uses for them already for vintage tea party set-ups in photo shoots.
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