Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tea Set from Prague

Many years ago I realized I go through a bit of post Christmas blues, my remedy has been to start a fun project right after Christmas. The blues this year have been the worst but I'm over it now, for the most part. :)  There is so much to look forward to and so many things for which I am thankful. I'm willing the blues away.

Now that I've discovered the wonders of sharing on a blog I'm going to be happy! Since I've decided to participate in Tea Cup Tuesdays my wheels are turning with tea cups and other things I will be sharing, what fun it will be.

Loucky Czechoslovakian Tea Set

Since I've been blue I will show my midnight blue and gold tea set purchased in Prague in June, 1991. We were there the weekend the last of the Russian troops were leaving Czechoslovakia so everyone was happy.

What a gorgeous city. We ate, walked the streets and squares, ate again, drank beer, drank wine, ate some more and shopped for a weekend. As we stood near the Saint Charles bridge and saw a row of little dingies I commented that in 10 years it would probably be a row of yachts.

Cup & Saucer

The set is rather formal and stiff but it appealed to me to have a complete proper tea set with six cups and saucers.

Nesting cups

This is the way the Dutch nest their cups on the stack of saucers, these make an almost perfect square.

Nest handles into next cup

Each handle goes into the next cup. It doesn't work well with tea cups that flair.

Sabina  Loucky  Czechoslovakia (tiny blurred lettering)

All of the stamps on my set are not easily read, in fact, I didn't know it said Czechoslovakia till I searched the internet and found the label.

Open teapot and lid. Lid has no tab.

One major problem with the set is the teapot lid does not have a tab, you must hold the lid on while pouring otherwise it will fall off. It is so easy to forget so I found a solution.

Clear stretch bracelet cord is almost invisible, looped from handle to spout.

To prevent the lid from falling off I used a loop of stretch bracelet cord, it is looped around the handle, goes over the lid and around the spout. Maybe you can see it in the photo above.

Teas set on the original packing box

Label on box bottom

Tomorrow afternoon I will officially wash away the post Christmas blues with a pot of tea using this tea set. Hubby and I will have home made Dutch speculaas, the spicy dough is resting over night for the flavors to blend.

Happy Tea Cup Tuesday,