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One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by- Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle

It’s another gray day – perfect for getting lost in a good book, or closing your eyes and dreaming of summer. And tea. It’s a perfect day for tea…in a pretty teacup that recounts warm and sunny summer days.

In 1885, the Grimwade brothers started their pottery firm, and over the next several decades built up a reputation.  Most prominently , they were known as Royal Winton. Grimwades never applied for or received permission to use “Royal” as a prefix in their name. But in 1913 King George V and Queen Mary toured the numerous factories belonging to the firm.  Queen Mary happily purchased a Winton tea set in the new Queen Mary Chintz. In time, Royal Winton was viewed as the “Rolls Royce” of Chintz!

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This pattern is called “Summertime” and the backstamp on this tea cup indicates that it was made between 1934 and 1945.

Summertime was called a floral fantasy when it was first introduced. It is a white background with scattered roses in various shades of pinks and yellows.

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Summertime is always the best of what might be. – Charles Bowden

Happy Monday!