Pre-loved Crocks

I love crystal, glass and crockery, until a few years ago I only bought new, but having found a few gorgeous teacups and saucers in charity shops and jumble sales, I just can't help adding to my collection!

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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  1. You've got great taste in vintage china! I've got one vintage cup candle, but have never yet lit the candle. I'd be interested to hear how easy it is to get the wax out.

  2. Lovely teacups! The Colglough one is my favourite.

  3. Oh you would love my tea cup cupboard. I've been collecting them for years and rescuing them from passed owners. My husband hates them but they're the only thing that I like to hang on to. Quite beautiful.

  4. Oh these are gorgeous. There's a trend now to fill these old teacups with candles, and like you, I'm not that keen. Thanks for linking up #LoveYourHome

  5. You have a lovely teacup collection. You can never have too many teacups.
    Thanks for sharing.