Saturday, February 23, 2013

A True English Rose


In almost every English town or city there is at least one open-air or permanent market site.
Typically, stall-holders purveying everything from fine china, and linens, to fresh produce and a virtual plethora of food items.
In earlier times , the towns set aside one day for "Market Day" where buyers and sellers peddled their wares, very often incorporating livestock sales also.

The First Sergeant loved these markets, most every week, he would rummage around, and inevitably bring home a knick-knack or two.
It was at the Warrington Market where we first laid eyes on the Royal Albert, Old Country Roses china.
Exquisitely beautiful, so fine a bone china , one could hold it up to the light and see right through. A dinnerware so timeless, it has become the world's most recognized, and celebrated pattern.

Designed by Harold Holdcroft in 1962, Old Country Roses fine bone china dinnerware was inspired by a typical English country garden with flowers in bloom.
Even in the dead of winter, a cupboard filled with English roses, I can't help but smile....

15 comments:

Barbee' said...

Love the roses!

DeniseinVA said...

Jo, I have the same pattern. It definately makes me smile.

Monique Elisabeth said...

So beautiful. I love this kind of bone China. I have got a few English cups, but not an entire set ; )
Wonderful !!
Have a great day.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Now considered the best selling pattern ever...and no surprise there! It is such a beautiful pattern. The new ones from Indonesia are not a light or well made. Rumor has it they are thinking of moving production back to the UK. Hope so!
Ruth

Bernideen said...

AND YES I AM SMILING NOW - you have brought the joy! Have you watched any of these lovely English garden videos like the one on Cornwall? I posted a link on my blog to get you there. Carol Klein's are fabulous!

donna baker said...

Jo, you have so much of it. And, I can only wish I had a partner that loved to go digging about with me and for china no less. What a guy.

Willow said...

Lovely bone china with roses . Oh and how I miss the open air markets in England!
I was just a child living in Lakenheath (Americans on the Royal Air base), but it was always so exciting to go to the bigger towns and be in the hub bub. When mum and da were done we would sit for a bite of fish and chips wrapped in news paper. Oh my taste buds long for the fish and chips of old.
Sorry I am now off subject now lol ~ lovely fine bone china!

richies said...

Beautiful china
An Arkies Musings

L. D. said...

Is that the pattern that Hedi is drinking from when one watches the beginning of NCIS: LA ? I will have to watch more closely. It is a beautiful pattern and being bone china makes it really special. I like the memories you and you husband have when buying it.

Nellie said...

Beautiful china!

Marilyn said...

I have the tiniest pair of teacups and their saucers from a visit to Wales. They had to be small because I carried all my treasures home in my suitcase! And I carried some on the plane with me--before the days of limited luggage! I'd love to have a full sized set now!♥♫

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Yes, beautiful China !

Michelle said...

Such a beautiful set!

Gerry Snape said...

still one of the best markets ever....we go every week to buy meat and goodies!!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

They are very beautiful. We have an old set -and they are just gorgeous.
love
tweedles