Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday.
On Sunday night, as I sat down to watch the Antique Road show (broadcast by the BBC here in the UK), I was contemplating the next object for my Tea Cup Tuesday post. I have quite a choice, each object with their own story to tell. Then on the program was the fascinating story of a 1902 Royal Commemorative tea cup. I thought that this would make a wonderful Tea Cup Tuesday post, especially for those outside of the UK.
So, here is the synopsis of that story and the guideline price and some photographs that I managed to take while pausing the program.
The Story was that the owner’s Grandmother had knitted a blanket to send to King Edward upon his Coronation in 1902. The lady wrote to Buckingham Palace and in time received a response, from the Lady in Waiting to Queen Alexander, that it not correct protocol to receive a gift from a commoner and the Queen would like to purchase the blanket. A letter was returned objecting to accepting payment for the gift. A reply from the Lady in Waiting arrived, with the suggestion that gifts be exchanged between Queen Alexander and the lady in question.
The box was then opened and initially revealed the original wrapping paper sent from Buckingham Palace.
Then the delights from within were revealed….
Then, as the cup was tilted, a surprise revealed
Yes, it is the imprint of the face of Queen Alexander.
Here is the complete set & then the valuation……
The expert valued the set at £30-£40 because so many of this style of cup were made. I have a similar style set HERE. I was surprised at that, simply because that is the value, I would pay now for the cup and saucer, but here we have a piece of social history and quite a story, including the name that the person the gift was given to. Of course, if this was in my family I would never part with it and hopefully this chap (left) will keep it as part of his history.
The key question is, Does the blanket still exist in the Royal Household or in their archives?