Today I'm featuring a transferware pattern by Spode Copeland entitled Mayflower. The pattern features a transfer in the delicate shade of lilac with hand applied enamel color in the various roses. Each piece has a slightly different floral center in pink shades with touches of green and yellow. It's an absolutely stunning pattern, very collectible and highly sought as well. The Mayflower design was first registered in the 1929. It was re-introduced later (I believe in the late 1990's or very early 2000's). The pieces I'm showing are all vintage pieces from the first round of production.
I've paired my cup and saucer with a large under plate (meant for a soup bowl) as my dessert plate. I'm having a cup of tea and some pastries for brunch.
I first laid a pink crocheted shawl across the table, added a peachy-pink pretty scarf swirled around, allowing them both to hang over the table, and then began placing my dishes and flowers.
I used my Great Grandmas, Mimi, little vase that my Mom gave me and filled it with some silk flowers in pinks and lilac along with some greenery with pink veins.
I used a napkin I bought long ago (my girls used this a coverlet for their Barbie beds when they were little) which is white with little pink, lavender and blue flowers and a nice white ruffle. I tied it with some lavender ribbon I had here at home.
Click HERE if you're interested in purchasing this cup and saucer.
A Homes Poetry for the Day: A Tea Thought
It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!" After a cup of tea (two spoonfuls for each cup, and don't let it stand for more than three minutes), it says to the brain, "Now rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature, and into life: spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!"
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927): Three Men in a Boat
Here are some other photos of the Mayflower pattern. I thought you might like seeing some of the floral variations. Isn't this such a pretty, Spring-y pattern? So delicate, dainty and so very girly!
Demitasse Cup and Saucer
Border close up view
Close up of the flower on the demitasse saucer
Photo of a backstamp / makers mark found on vintage pieces from the 1930's -40's
I've linked up with these lovely ladies, Laurie for her first ever 'A few of my favorite things, Saturdays' , Sandi, Rhondi, Lady Katherine and Marti, at Tabletop Tusday! and Beverly for Pink Saturday so be sure to see all the gorgeous posts there which all have a little, or a lot, of pink!