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The Inspiration

Growing up, I always would drink a hot cup of tea with my mother, no matter the season or outside temperature. My mom would always tell me how she wanted me to stay single so I could stay home and have tea parties with her. Well, I didn’t stay single but  I certainly took up her love of tea and teapots! While the majority of my teapot collection is Yixing clay teapots, her collection consists mostly of vintage tea/coffee pots with a floral motif.  This china cabinet (above), was a gift from my Grandmother. Isn’t  it beautiful? I keep all my teapots and accessories stored here.

The Tea Pots

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This beautiful set of Lusterware I acquired from a nearby flea/antique mall. I am unsure of the manufacturer for this set but I did find out that these artist palette shaped plates are luncheon plates. The cups match and have a fabulous pearl-like sheen.

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I bought the creamer and sugar bowls with the tea cups and luncheon plates at a flea market thinking they were a set. Unfortunately, I don’t think they are a matching set because the plates and cups are without markings and the creamer and sugar bowls are marked Nortake.

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I received this tea set from my parents upon graduation from high school. It is a lovely Yixing teapot with a internal strainer that has different scenes painted on the front and back. My favorite feature is the four, very delicate square cups that match. The Bamboo Gongfu Tea Tray was a gift from my best friend that can be used in ceremonial tea.

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This Turkish Coffee Serving Set is one of my absolute favorite pieces! My SIL gave this to me for Christmas (she knows exactly what I like) last year and I can’t get over the beautiful details and miniature size. And just look at that cute dish for Turkish Delight! It may only fit one piece of candy but lets face it, this is probably the best invention ever when it comes to portion control.

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The Commemorative Coronation Teapot was made to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 50 year Reign. My parents were over in England at the time and brought back this teapot for my Grandmother. She has since passed on and now the teapot is mine.

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I always wanted a cast iron teapot and this one was gifted to me by a friend. It is quite heavy but very sturdy and perfect for a pot of tea with friends. I love that it can be heated on the stove.

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I bought this teapot in Maryland at a fine art gallery while on vacation. I took a fancy to this teapot and thought that there was no way I would be able to afford anything in the gallery but of course I turned the pot over to see the price. I couldn’t make out the numbers so I asked the sales lady.  She couldn’t make the price out either so she gave it to me for what it looked like. Wait for it…. $15. Ummm…yeah, I’ll take a one of a kind teapot in a fine art gallery for $15!!

The next day I decided to meander into that gallery again in case they had anymore amazing teapots at a fabulous price. I turned over a few teapots by the artist of the teapot I bought the previous day and every single teapot was $125 or more. Needless to say, I think the price was supposed to be $150. I left the gallery with a bounce in my step but also feeling sorry for the artist that someone botched up her price tag and cost her a few dollars.

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A close up of the unique details and pea pods on the lid.

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Another Yixing teapot but this one is miniature.

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Yixing Teapot

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Winter Dragon Teapot by Teavana

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I am unsure as to the name of this teapot but this one is from Teavana. My hubby bought this for my birthday when we were first married. It has lovely cast iron tea cups in red to match.

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Cast iron tea cups

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Cast iron saucer in the shape of a lily pad

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Of course, if I am going to show you my teapot collection I must show my tea stash. It is a bit unorganized due to much use. Most of my tea is loose, the rest is  in bags and some of it I blended myself.

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Some lovely tea tins

Well, that is about it. I have a whole other shelf of tea but it doesn’t look very pretty so I will for go that picture. Thanks for sticking with me. I am going to have a cup of tea now 🙂

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