Some of us lived before the mug era. We remember when everyone drank from teacups, do we not?
The first cup below, was sold at places like Woolworths and Kresges very cheaply and people in general thought they were not of good quality. I bought them as gifts for other people and now am getting some of them back! A few years ago I began buying gifts in duplicate if I liked them. That way, it would not be such a long wait to find them in the antique shops.
When these teacups made it to the thrift stores in the 1980's they were sold for 99 cents a set and still no one wanted them. That was when a few ladies saw their value and began collecting them for using in the afternoon tea times that has swept over the US since the 1980's and is still going strong,
This is an old plate that has a scratch on it, but it was made in USA, so that means it pre-dates the current sources of products, to put it politely.
In my next teacup post I will try to explain how to choose a teacup to buy, old, or new, and show my favorite every day teacups I like to use.