Monday, March 11, 2013

BlueTeaful Tea Cup and Saucer Find

Anyone who knows me knows I very much prefer a cold and drizzly day over bright sunshine.  For the most part, I'm not looking forward to spring or summer.  One of the few redeeming things about the warm weather, though, is the abundance of yard sales and estate sales that take place!

I've hit our Salvation Army twice this week and yesterday I stopped in at an antique store that was going out of business.  I'll show off my Salvation Army finds over the next few weeks as they're mostly some really cute Easter decorations (I've been inspired lately by Debbie at Debbie-Dabble and her amazing holiday decorating).  Today I want to show you what I found at the antique shop.
This pretty blue cup and saucer was made by Norcrest and features neat opalescent paint and this unique 3-D beaded design on the flowers.  I just had to grab it as I'd not seen anything like it and really fell in love.

I've been sick all weekend and have not felt like baking, so I went the easy route and grabbed these mini scones from Albertsons.  I love these and they always make me think of Princess Catherine since I munched on them through the night while I was watching the Royal Wedding a couple years ago.
I couldn't find much info about the Norcrest brand or age of this set but I did find some interesting info on the guy who owned Norcrest.  Bill Naito was born in Portland, Oregon to Japanese immigrants.  His family owned an import business, incorporated as Norcrest China Company in 1958.  Naito did a lot of good for the community of Portland.  You can read more about him in this Wikipedia article.

What I thought was especially neat about him, though, was that he founded the Made In Oregon company.  For years, one of the identifying landmarks of downtown Portland was the Made In Oregon sign.
In 2010, ownership of the sign transferred to the city of Portland and now it looks like this:
I snapped that picture while we were driving through Portland last weekend on our way to Michael's piano recital in Corvallis.  At the time, I knew nothing of this history.  Neat, huh?

Happy Monday!

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  1. I love the history as well as the tea cup and saucer set!

  2. Glad you felt like sharing your interesting post today. It is hard to believe anyone likes cold, dark days as opposed to warm, sunny ones. I am the reverse. Love the clear, warm, days of summer.

  3. I'm a Floridan, so you know I prefer the warm weather. Thanks for sharing.

    I love your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  4. I didn't know that about Bill Baito...great to know. We lived in Oregon, in Ashland for q few years before moving here to Washington. And what a pretty teacup! So glad you shared your find with us and linked to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  5. One can never have to many cups and saucers! How fun...

  6. Hi Sarah,
    I am so looking forward to spring as I am not at all a winter girl. You have found yourself a very pretty and unique teacup. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea.


  7. Hello Sarah,
    You found a beautiful tea cup! The design is very pretty and the raised design you speak of really is unique! I am glad you found such a lovely treasure.
    Thank you for sharing with us today : )

  8. Such a beautiful teacup, love how delicate and the flowers are gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  9. Tis a lovely tea cup! I also appreciate the history behind it.. I am also a digger of that kind of information, it simply delights me! Have a wonderful week!

  10. Thank you for sharing your pretty teacup at my HOME. Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!


  11. Hi there! I found your lovely blog through the link at Deep Roots at Home. I'm especially impressed by the photo of your fully-clothed family. Thank you for that!

    The teacup is really a great find! I collect teacups, too. They are such good thing to have and admire.
    Have a great week!

  12. "Blueteaful" Creative wording! And I loved the teacup! Great find!

  13. Hello Sarah!!
    I think I would have had to grab that cup and saucer too!! How unique!! I have never seen anything like that beaded stuff on one before...
    I'm so excited to have you join me again this week for my party!
    Hope you have a blessed weekend!

  14. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  15. That is an unusual cup. I've never seen one like that before. Great find. I love your blog. This is my first time visiting. I found you through the thrifty groove. :)

  16. Oh a beautiful teacup set. I have never seen this pattern before. Thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a great day!

  17. Great find Sarah. Hope you are feeling better. Love how different we all are. I am very much a sunshine girl. Can't get enough of it. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup and thanks for the feature last week!

  18. Very nice find! So pretty! Seems to be the week for great bargains!
    Happy Tea-day!


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