Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Shelley Rosebud

I just adored my paternal Grandmother.   

We were lucky to live fairly close to my Dad's parents while growing up so we were able to have Sunday dinners with them and to see them often.  I really treasured summer time when I could spend two weeks with them one on one.   My Grandmother had quite a few granddaughters and she was an excellent seamstress making all of us lovely dresses every year including my Mom.  

I found an old photo I scanned of my Grandmother made this beautiful blue outfit for her.

My Mom loved to dress up...she had slim legs and ankles and looked terrific in high heels.   

That's Lady our dog...well, she was really my Mom's dog but we were all crazy about her.   

One of these days I hope to convert the old family photos over to digital.   

Back to my summer my Grandmother said she wouldn't have both my middle brother and I at the same time because we fought.  We begged to go together...said we wouldn't fight... finally my Grandmother relented.  Well, Grandmother did know best because that's the first and last time she had us at the same time because she was right... we ended up fighting.   Hey, we were just kids. 

Here'a photo of my paternal Grandparents sometime in the 1940s.

I'm so lucky my paternal Grandmother bequeathed her lovely fine bone china Shelley Rosebud Coffee Set (Dainty Shape) to me.

Coffe pot and lid

On one of my earlier posting I said it was a tea set (what did I know).  One of my readers graciously corrected me to let me know it was not a tea pot but rather it was either a coffee or chocolate pot.

I googled and found two coffee pots and lids each one selling for over $450 on eBay.  

Boy, was I shocked.  

Of course, I have no intentions of selling my set.  

Creamer and Sugar Bowl

This green back stamp was used between 1945 and 1966.

I don't know when my Grandmother purchased the set but it was probably in the 1940s or 1950s.

Lovely...isn't it?

Hand painted mint green borders complement the fuchsia roses and cornflower blue daisies "rosebud" pattern.   

The set has such a wonderful English china color palette and dainty shape. 

My Bone China Shelley Coffee Set in the Rosebud pattern and Dainty Shape.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my lovely Shelley Coffee Set and didn't mind me rambling on and on about my family.  

I miss my Grandparents and my parents so much.

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  1. What a lovely post I adore your coffee set and the history that goes with it.It certainly wasn't rambling.

  2. Great pictures. I see you have been playing around with your lighting and tent. Do you just love it? I'm planning on ordering mine soon.

  3. Well, Sandy, I just love your coffee set and I know it is priceless. It's a true treasure! I'm glad you have this from your grandmother and I don't mind a bit you talking about your precious family.
    I would give anything to have just one piece of my grandmother's china! My maternal grandmother and I were very close and I still miss her after all these years.
    Thank you for sharing your pretties and I wish you a delightful rest of the week.


  4. I am a Shelley it! Your set, Rosebud, was made between 1940-1966 when the company went out of business. Shelley made such beautiful china. You indeed have a treasure! Thanks for sharing your family and history!

  5. Sure, Mom's dress is great, so is the China. But what about that PINK LIVING ROOM and pink Christmas tree?!?!! Fabulous!

  6. I'm a tea addict and fussy about my china cups & teapots. I often use a coffee pot for my tea, just because I love the shape. Your mum was super stylish - lovely post - glad I popped over x (for a cuppa)!

  7. Oh, I just love the old photo of your Mother. It is priceless. After my Mom passed away, I was in charge of going through all of her pictures and sending them to the family. It was so special to see all those pictures of her. She was so sweet. Aren't old pictures the best?
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  8. Hi Sandy...

    Ohhh my...this is really a beautiful china pattern! This is the first time that I've seen it...and I just adore it! The tiny, soft pink roses are simply gorgeous! It's a lovely set, my friend...and even more of a treasure since it belonged to your beloved grandmother! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely coffee set with us! This was such a treat!

    Waremst autumn wishes,

  9. I have seen those tea cups for sale over here in Australia and they are about $100 per cup/saucer. You are such a lucky lady to have such a divine set and to have inherited them from some special people!

    Best wishes,

  10. Hi Sandy, the china is absolutely beautiful. I grew up with china like that in Wales and it was quite common to sip a cuppa out of one and then they all became old-fashioned and we all wanted the new pottery types, me included. Now, what we would give to have it all back. I used to collect Royal Albert "Old Country Roses" and had loads of it, but now, nothing. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris