Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tea Cups on Tuesday: A Touch of Elegance in White and Gold

New England, including Massachusetts,  is a great place to scout around for vintage tea cups. Little antique stores, estate and yard sales, and consignment and thrift stores almost always have some. One just never knows what beauties might be found.

For example, this gold and white Lefton cup and saucer have a very elegant and regal appearance.

The design on the cup looks like some kind of a gilded marking and it's repeated on the edges of the saucer. There are also gold tone shadings on the saucer edges.

The base of this lovely cup appears to have ridges with more touches of gold color.

Both cup and saucer have a luster ware finish that allows shimmering colors to shine through. 

There's an interesting background to the Lefton company.  In 1939, George Zoltan Lefton, a Hungarian, immigrated to Chicago. The company was founded two years later, according to the Internet's  About .com website.  http://collectibles.about.com/od/companyprofiles/p/leftoncompany.htm

Lefton's background was in marketing and designing specialty clothing. However, his passion was collecting find porcelain.

According to About.com, Lefton went to Japan in 1945 to finalize an importing agreement. A year later, china stamped "Made in Occupied Japan" began to come into the United States.

Today, Writing Straight from the Heart is joining Tea Time Tuesday at Sandi's Rose Chinz Cottage and Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites and Terri's Artful Affirmations.

NOTE:  The cup and saucer shown in today's post  are currently for sale and are coming up for auction. If interested, check them out out my eBay listings in the sidebar of this blog for specifics.


T's Daily Treasures said...

The teacup and saucer look like they are made from a highly polished mother of pearl. Very unique. Have a terrific Tuesday. Tammy

yvette said...

Just Lovely! They almost have a mother of pearl look! Very reflective! yvette@twistedvines

Johanna said...

Hello Susan,
this is really an outstanding and elegant design. Also the shape is very unusal but elegant. Love it. Thank you for showing us this treasure.
Greetings, Johanna

Snap said...

Oh, my ... the white and gold is beautiful and elegant. happy tea day!

Bookie said...

You are right, this is an elegant cup. Interesting that you live in an area abundant with cups. I assume you also find many older cups than here. I am guessing it has been settled longer and closer to easy shipping area, different from Midwest with covered wagons, etc.

Leann said...

Hi Susan

This set is soo elegant - I love the detail and the color almost see through.

Thanks so much for your visits!


mo said...


Wow!!! This cup is just beautiful. Gold and iridescent, and perfect in every way.

I will definately be checking out that auction!



Dayle said...

That is one gorgeous tea cup!

Rebecca said...

You DO find some "lovelies"!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a beautiful teacup! I love the delicate design. hugs, Linda

Terri said...

Your Lefton tea cup is a beautiful find! I love the luster and the gold.
Thank you so much for sharing your cup with us today.

Fábio Carvalho said...

What a delightful cup! Thank you for sharing.
best wishes

Priscilla said...

I read you comments about the Round, "White Coral Bells". My daughter used to sing that when she was in Kindergarten. They loved that song. I was the "other kindergarten teacher". She was in the upper class, I had the younger students. I tried to teach mine, but they just couldn't handle rounds yet. Thank you for bringing back such sweet memories.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

This white and gold tea cup with the luster finish is just stunning!!
I love the morphing of your yard in your previous post!!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your teacup is very pretty! I love anything with a luster finish on it. The gold is lovely too. Thanks for sharing it with us today and thanks for joining me for tea.


Karie's Chic Creations said...

Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Susan said...

Hello Everyone! Hope you are all having a good Tuesday!

I want to welcome this blog's 207th Follower. I'm not sure who you are but thanks so much for Following. If you want to say who you are, great. If you don't want to say, that's okay, too. Hope you visit often.

Hugs to all! Susan

diane stetson said...

I hope your auction goes well and that someone buys that tea cup..it's beautiful. I only drink my tea in mugs..sorry!

LDH said...

What an elegant teacup! Very pretty. I like to use a delicate teacup ~ it feels extra special :)

Susan said...

Welcome to Judy, this blog's 208th Follower. She is a family day care provider who lives in Tassie, Austrailia. Welcome, Judy! So glad you found us. Come by often. Sincerely, Susan

Chatty Crone said...

Susan this tea cup is pretty - I have to say I have never seen one like this. Sandie

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