by Hilda Hayson
(Franklin TN USA )
"5 red dots" Marking
Good Evening. I just found your website while trying to find clues to the background of my china cups and the back stamp. I found six matching cups/saucers on a dusty shelf, buried and forgotten, in a junk store in Nashville, about a year ago. Probably not extremely valuable, but in their own way, beautiful survivors of time and unknown circumstances. Based on my experience I know these have to be old. I could imagine Thomas Jefferson using these while reading his evening paper. I love Georgian/Federal era antique china, glass and silver and I love treasure hunting. One of my other favorite pieces is a poor little deep dish saucer, beautifully hand painted with tiny flowers that make a monogram design in the center and back stamped with the Royal Vienna beehive. The real one. It was broken and poorly, though probably lovingly, re-glued but it is still beautiful. It is true Royal Vienna and the impressed back stamp date was dated to 1789, the year of our first Presidential Election in the US and the date Mary Antoinette met an unfortunate end. The Royal Vienna Factory was under the ownership of Austrian Empress Maria Theresia, her mother. Makes one wonder how this came to be in Tennessee, how and when was it broken, who owned it and why was it "saved"? I feel like I am rescuing art forms, and the hard work of some unknown artist, that could end up broken, discarded or under appreciated. I have over the years collected so many things... alas my poor husband said "some have to go if you want to buy more". So I became an antiques dealer and, sometimes begrudgingly, sell some things to finance buying "new things". Antique hunting has provided such an education about people, places and the history of so many items we take for granted. I am now researching sailing history i.e.: "The Cutty Sark" because I think I have the c1860's Glenock Scotland silverplated Whist "Winners" Trophy the designers/owners passed among themselves each year. I love using an antique item and marveling at how it was made, the workmanship and talent that went into it. How difficult it must have been to acquire the resources in the 18th century colonies. I marvel at the skill and labor that went into it. Can you imagine blowing glass in the 18th century by firelight & oil lamp? How many broke before a successful one was made? I wish
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