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