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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Great Auntie Hilda's Tea Set *~*


My Mother always kept this tea set for "best" it was always stowed away in her glass fronted china cabinet (as you can see the Teapot is not in proportion to the rest so I think it has been added later)
The tea set was a wedding gift from her Auntie Hilda 




And it was always referred to as Auntie Hilda's tea set..



So now I have custody of the Auntie Hilda's tea set ...




Quite a responsibility...you may have noticed it sits very nicely on my dresser...
but the sad thing is I have no idea who Great Auntie Hilda was or what she looked like...




All I do know is that she is in this photo..( my Mother is the girl in the centre front with the long ringlets ) so Great Auntie Hilda remains an enigma...










So I shall look after it and keep it for best! and then pass it on to my daughter, telling her the story of Great Auntie Hilda!
Thea x




30 comments:

  1. That is the best sort of china I think - something that belongs to your own family and cared for. Have you tried an ancestry site to find your Aunt Hilda - I have been surprised by photos that appear of my relatives in far off relatives family trees. Recently a photo that I have never seen before of my grandfather is his World War One POW clothes appeared from a distant relative who lives in South Africa! 'tis a small world in some respects
    Oh by the way - lovely pastel coloured china.
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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    1. Hello Jenny
      How exciting you have found extended family, yes Great Auntie Hilda is a mystery, I think she married into my Mothers family..thank you for your tips, I shall have a look
      Kind Regards
      Thea x

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  2. I think that tea set is gorgeous and your Auntie Hilda had lovely taste, maybe you could use it once a year and have a small tea party and lay a special place for her xxx
    Hugs Lynn xxx

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    1. Hello Lynn
      What a wonderful idea, do you know I might just do that
      Thank you for your words
      Thea x

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  3. thats so great having a tea set passed down, i would be afraid to use it!

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    1. Hello Claire
      Yes I do feel responsible for it
      Thea x

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  4. How wonderful to have your mother's treasured tea set, and that photo is amazing. You should transfer it to a pretty pillow :)
    Happy St. Patty's Day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Oh Connie what a wonderful idea, I shall look into it
      Thea x

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  5. It's a beautiful tea set. I love your dresser with all it's gorgeous vintage china and glass :) xx

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    1. Hello Maggie
      Thank you, yes I am forever playing with my dresser, she's like a best friend
      Thea x

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  6. Wouldnt it be nice to picture Auntie Hilda sat drinking from her china cup.I do hope you find out what she looked like maybe you look like her,you never know !Nice china anyway to have upon your dresser.Love Jill xx

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    1. Hello Jill
      Yes it would be so lovely to find her, I have narrowed it down to a few ladies
      Thea x

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  7. That is such a lovely China set - made even better by the story! I hope you find out what Auntie Hilda looks like.
    Claire

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  8. Теа, как прекрасно, что сохранился этот сервиз. У меня тоже остались некоторые вещи от родителей, но мало.
    Интересная фотография: особенно, понравились дети.

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  9. Dear Thea....YOU have me wondering about Great Aunt Hilda now! What a lovely little tale for my Monday morning...Under my bed still in a box I have Mum's beautiful rose and gold tea set...Along side my Grandma's very vintage one...I must sneak them out some day soon.....But I find I bring things out from Mum, when and where I need too.....~A bit at a time..Only because I can hear her in my ears whispering gently.......Told you it was yours after my day love...hehe..Thanks for this post.The tea set is soo pretty and I loved looking at the very nostagic photograph of your dear Mum and wondering......WHO is Aunt Hilda on the picture? ....With kind thoughts...Maria x

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    1. Hello Maria
      How precious that you have some lovely china too, It does have the ability to stir up feelings and memories but that is what makes it so special, I can narrow the picture down to a few ladies I shall let you know who's in the running !
      Thea x

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  10. What a beautiful teaset Thea ... I've just read this after publishing my latest post, and we have both talked about 'saving for best' and teasets! Great minds, eh?

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. Hello Claire
      Well I never, I have not read your post yet I shall put the kettle on and have a read..sounds perfect!
      Thea x

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  11. What a beautiful tea set and such a pretty shade of green, I can just see those plates full of cucumber sandwiches and little fairy cakes with pink roses on top, it would be a shame not to use it,Lucey x

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    1. Hello Lucey
      Yes I do know what you mean, but added to the mix, my daughter already has her eye on it already, and has told me to look after it! phew
      Thea x

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  12. It's beautiful, use it EVERYDAY, pop over to Thriftwood blog, she'll explain why! :) x

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    1. Hello I know you are right, but I am to frightened too,
      What a wooss
      Thea s

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  13. A lovely soft green your tea set from Great Aunt Hilda.
    Its really elegant Thea.
    I wonder if your aunt Hilda was next to your mum..
    Like 'The Custards' wrote.. you could probably find out.
    lots to talk about , when you serve tea with Aunt Hilda's tea set.
    nice post
    thanks Thea.
    happy week
    val x

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    1. Hello Val
      Thank You, I know that Aunt Hilda is one of the ladies in the photo as she was my Mothers Aunt so my Great Aunt, I can narrow it down to a few,
      yes she is always spoken about when ever the tea set come into conversation
      Thea x

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  14. What a beautiful tea set it is Thea. I have never seen anything like it!

    Have a lovely evening!

    Madelief x

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  15. I love the colours of Aunt Hilda's teaset. What a shame you don't know anything about Aunt Hilda. My Aunt gave me a lovely teaset when I married I wish I still had it now!
    Sarah x

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  16. What a beautiful tea set. You have to match the style of the china to the woman in the photo ... I think she would be the lady with the very large hat with roses round the brim. It's so nice to receive china with a bit of a story, but even better to have a story with a 'mystery'! You must use it more often so that you will always keep the mystery of Great Aunt Hilda alive! I too read Thriftwood's post and agree that good china should be used regularly ;) Wendy

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  17. Really lovely tea set - gorgeous colour. It sits well on your dresser too. Hope you find out about Aunt Hilda one day! X

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  18. A wonderful gift to have. I remember that my gran always had a tea set for best and one for everyday use. Teacups and saucers so much more refined than the old mug.
    June

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Thank for your lovely messages they make my day,Thea x