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While “Old Country Roses” is the most widely known and beloved of Royal Albert’s patterns, Royal Albert has always produced exquisite fine china in a myriad of shapes, colours and patterns.

This teacup, which belonged to my grandmother, is from the Royal Treasure Chest series. I have already shared some of the history of Royal Albert, but noticed this time that even the tea cup handles have different names. The handles on my Old Country Roses tea cup and this tea cup are similar because they both have a swirl and a point at the top. This tea cup has an Avon handle, which is simpler than Country Roses montrose handle, which also has a swirl on the underside.

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These rich juicy apples, along with the dusting of gold, makes a lovely addition to a festive seasonal table.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Happy Monday!