I received notification about an estate sale near my house, so I decided to go since there were several teacups in the sale. I narrowed my choices down to two, and ended up with one in the photo below at the bargain price of $6.00.
It's a Rosina teacup in the Wild Flowers pattern. Isn't it pretty?
In 2003, when I visited Magnolia & Ivy's tea room in Sandestin, Florida [during Southern Lady's "Weekend of Tea and Roses"], they served their soup in vintage ramekins with underplates - the perfect size for teatime, and so elegant and dainty. I had never seen vintage ramekins until then, and thought they were beautiful. I began searching for them and almost a year later I found my first one in the boutique at Tea by Three tea room. [I wasn't into E-bay back then!]
Vintage ramekins usually aren't oven proof. They date from the mid 1800's thru the 1950's, and can be used to serve foods such as soup/bouillon, custard, etc. One website defined them as small china bowls accompanied by underplates, used for serving a food prepared with egg or cheese.
There was a time when I couldn't pass up a ramekin with an underplate in an antique store, but since I've acquired several, I try to resist now unless I find one bargain priced, like the one in the photo below for $7.00. It was definitely a bargain, and a beauty.
It is hand-painted Berlin porcelain with a gold rim, and has an underglaze back stamp of KPM .
I recently learned there are ramekin forks to accompany ramekins. I don't have any yet, but I'm keeping an eye open for them.
Below is a hand-painted tea caddy that I found in an antique store. I thought it was so unique that I had to purchase it.
Lastly, I wanted to share these votive candle holders that I purchased at Dollar Tree, which I will repurpose for individual containers for Devonshire cream and jam to accompany scones at tea time. They will go perfectly with my vintage clear glass Petals dishes [by Federal glass]. The dishes resemble stars and are beautiful in a starry tablescape.