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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Inside my china cabinet - Teacup 1 of 6

Today's teacup is Land of Hope and Glory

The song Land of Hope and Glory is a traditional British patriotic song. Most Americans would recognize the tune as "Pomp and Circumstance", traditionally played at our graduation ceremonies.

Note the flowers around the rim: the Rose (England); Daffodil (Wales); and Thistle (Scotland). Do you know what landmark this is?

There are six cups and saucers in this set, and it is called the Traditional British Songs Series by Royal Albert. These songs represent England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

British Traditional Songs Series:

Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
John Peel
Land of Hope and Glory
Londonderry Air
Men of Harlech
Road To The Isles

I first became aware of this series whilst browsing through teacups on eBay. (A Tea Lover can get into a lot of trouble doing that, you know!) I thought they were something a bit "different" so, over a period of time, I accumulated the set.

Obviously, these are no longer made and are highly collectible. Royal Albert created loads of "series" collections. I have not taken the time to research what year(s) these were produced, etc. Maybe one of these days I will.

Over the next few days, I will show you one teacup from the collection every day. Hope you enjoy!


Janeen said...

Very pretty and fun to have a tea party theme with. Invited 5 friends and you could decorate to the various themes at their plates. Thanks for sharing!

I'm off to start working with my hair pins!

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Great idea, Janeen! I love that. Have fun at your sister's tea today and give us a review when you can. Hugs ~

Melissa said...

Is that Windsor Castle?

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Well spotted, Melissa - but then I should have known that you would know the answer, Ms. Britophile!!!

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