As you know, the vintage teacup sets we source here at Sweet Gracie Candles are gorgeous, delicate and ever so pretty and made all that more special when filled with fragranced soy wax. What may have sat alone and dusty in a cupboard or on a shelf somewhere has been given a new lease on life when you fall in love with a Sweet Gracie vintage teacup candle. However, you may not be aware of is the long history they have and that most of them actually originate from just one particular area of England!
What interesting tales these teacups could tell, if they could speak. Imagine the conversations they may have been privy to, over breakfasts and ladies afternoon teas, one can only imagine the lips which have drunk tea from them, the hands which have held their gold-rimmed handles, the beautiful table settings they have been a part of.
I thought it would be interesting to delve into history and find out more about the makers of the gorgeous teacups I source and have decided to write a blog series of a yet indeterminate number. It could be two, it could be five-part, I figure we run with it and see what can be uncovered. I have always been fascinated with old things, wether that be old photos or museums full of dresses and trinkets and tools of ways gone past. Poor Mum and Dad would know that if we drove past any National Trust Houses wherever we were, that we would have to go in for a look. One of my favourites was Entally House in my hometown of Tasmania – I had the good fortune to be able to explore this glorious property quite often as we had a family member who lived there as a caretaker in one of the cute little cottages at the top of the long driveway. Anyway, enough childhood ramblings, but this does explain my fascination for my gorgeous teacups!
Most of the vintage teacups I source originate from England, and in particular the area of Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire. You can look at this on Google Maps. The well-known pottery makers based here include the likes of Royal Vale, Colclough, Royal Doulton, Adderley, Foley, Queen Anne, Duchess and Royal Stafford.
From our friends at Wikipedia:
“Stoke-on-Trent is considered to be the home of the pottery industry in England and also commonly known as “The Potteries. The area, in the English city of Staffordshire is a formation of 6 towns and villages, and is well-known for its pottery manufacture.”
The early industry (17C) was born from the area’s wealth of coal and clay. Modern ways of producing pottery were introduced by a few key parties, such as Josiah Wedgewood (more on him on another post in the series). As well as this, improved transportation (late 19C) meant materials could be imported to the area, allowing the pottery industry to flourish.
So, there’s a little about the origins of the pretty vintage teacups we use for our gorgeous candles! Not only pretty, and smelling delightful, they have a long and rich history to them. Do you have any items or things you love which have an interesting history to them? Do you think it makes them all the more interesting to wonder about where they have been, who has held them, where they have been made? Do you know more about the area of Stoke-on-Trent? Or indeed any pottery production in any other parts of the world, such as Japan? If you do, be sure to comment, I would love to know more!
Till next time my lovelies! The next installment in this series will look in more detail at some of the makers, such as Royal Vale, Royal Doulton, Ridgeway, Colclough and more. If you want to get your fix of beautiful things, visit our online shop! xx