Tuesday I met five high school girlfriends for dinner, but before that occurred, another girlfriend and I went on a little shopping expedition. The first store we stopped at was Gracious Seasons. There were so many lovely things I could have purchased, but only one linen tea towel and a silver rabbit [which has since been repainted gold] ended up leaving the store with me.
The chocolate-looking rabbit came from the antique store at our second stop. I had never seen a ceramic rabbit that looked like an edible chocolate bunny until this week when I visited Two Cottages and Tea blog, and saw one pictured in a vignette. Needless to say, when I saw this rabbit I knew he was coming home with me to be gently tucked away until next Easter - he won't melt and will keep his good looks from one year to another, and he has no calories. What could be better!
Also at Plaza Antiques and Connections, I purchased this lovely teacup. It looked so spring-like and was only $10.00. It's made by Royal Albert and is part of the Festival Series.
As I continued shopping I saw a pretty little cream pitcher in the same pattern as a Shelley trio that I got in England. This pitcher isn't a Shelley though. It's backstamped Victoria C & E.
A bit of research revealed the C & E stands for Cartwright and Edwards Ltd., Victoria Works 1912 +, Straffordshire Potteries. The price was right for $5, so it came home with me too.
Below it sits with the Shelley trio, and as you can see the pattern is identical. Obviously potteries shared their patterns, but its name isn't given on any of the china pieces.
My last treasure to share is a Beatrix Potter figurine, Tom Kitten. I acquired him on a separate antique outing a couple of weeks ago. It's my first Beatrix Potter figurine, and reminds me of Susan Branch. The lady in the antique store told me he was a bargain at $10, made by Royal Albert. I've never hosted a Beatrix Potter theme tea, but perhaps this is the beginning of one!