A few months ago, I shared with you my dream of owning a complete 12-person tea set of mismatched Royal Albert china. Luck has been on my side in the intervening time, and I am now only 2 teacups and one teapot away from a full set. I already have my eye on a lovely “American Beauty” series teapot at Ibon Antiques, but because of the price, I am holding off on buying it until everything else is in place. Still, it’s only a matter of time before my collection is complete, and I am already thinking of events where it might be called into service. Afternoon tea clothing swap, anyone?

Here is a peek at my newest pretties:

“Old Country Roses” looks like a very traditional china pattern to me – definitely grandma-approved.

Royal Albert “Old Country Roses” (Goodwill, $10)

These roses, on the other hand, are florals after my own heart – I love the delicacy of the “Tranquility” pattern (worth its slightly heftier price tag).

Royal Albert “Tranquility” (Ibon Antiques, $16)

The “Dogwood” pattern was one I’d seen at various antique stores and malls, but I wasn’t so enamoured of it to be willing to pay $20 and up for it. Luckily, I eventually found it for a more reasonable $10 – and I’m glad I picked it up after all, because it’s growing on me.

Royal Albert “Dogwood” (Value Village, $10)

I’m not sure of the official name of this pattern, but I call it my “bluebell” teacup. I love blue flowers, so I knew this piece had to join my collection.

Royal Albert (Goodwill, $10)

The “American Beauty” pattern is one of my favourites, so I was happy to find this sugar & cream set for a steal of a deal at, where else, Goodwill.

Royal Albert “American Beauty” (Goodwill, $15)

I decided to anticipate my eventual success with a small afternoon tea for two (thanks, L., for joining me and for the lovely scones!).

A rare moment of peace in the play-room

What do you think of my recent finds? And what would be the best way to inaugurate the full set, once it’s complete? Leave your ideas in the comments!

1 Comment on A Royal Romance (part 2)

  1. Love your tea set. I have a few tea cups and saucers that were my grandmas. I have never looked closely at them to see exactly what they are, but I would be very interested to go your route and try to assemble a mismatched set – great idea.

    For your full-set inaugeration I think it would be so fun to have a fancy tea party… maybe with proper English hats??