Thursday, December 27, 2007

silver lining (and gold rim)!

The only downside of my job is that there is no "little girls' room." (NB. This IS legal, long story...) There are some "public" facilities nearby and (needless to say) I'll wend my way there once or twice a day. When I got there today I was greeted by an annoying sign saying "closed for cleaning", so I decided to spend 5 minutes browsing in the Oxfam shop across the road. When I went back, the loos were still closed (worse, they were still closed 3 hours later, so I had to use the expensive ones at Park St car park).

But, it is true: every cloud has a silver lining (and, in this case, a gold rim, too) because LOOK WHAT I SCORED IN THE OXFAM SHOP. (I make no apology for shouting).
OK, so I'm a stepmother, as opposed to a mother, but that still puts me in the "mothers" category (and it gives me more time for knitting than genuine motherhood would, but I digress). Maybe this out-of-focus saucer might give you some idea as to why a non-tea drinker falls in love with a cup.
Needles and yarn, thimble and thread, killer heels... And on the back of the cup, a woman reading by a blazing fire (that's me that is, though I don't have quite such a shapely figure).
And on the front of the mug: yay! She's been caught knitting...
The cup is an oversize one of the "breakfast cup" type, the manufacturer is Fieldings Crown Devon, the pattern number 5599. Fieldings ceased trading in 1982, but I can't find any info online as to what date this might be from. Maybe 1950s?
I couldn't believe my eyes. I couldn't believe the price (and went and double-checked it with the manager) and the woman queueing behind me was very, very envious. Sorry the pictures are so poor, but I won't be at home during daylight until 1 Jan and I wanted to show it off now!

8 comments:

SusieH said...

Ohhhh, covet, covet, covet, covet! That is so wonderful...Oxfam, how I do love thee...

Mary deB said...

Yes, that is just my life, high heels, a bit of knitting and tea. Well, not really... But I'd have arm wrestled you for that cup if I'd been there!

fluffbuff said...

Great find!
I can't believe you have no bathroom where you work. It should NOT be legal. I also worked at a place where I had to cross the parking lot to get to a bathroom or, as they call them here, "restroom".

Monkee Maker said...

Oh wow - I wish my trips to the loo were that interesting ..... not sure I could hold my bladder that long though!

ps. Are you sure it's legal??

Anonymous said...

wow! that is such a find!! its gorgeous....as a committed tea drinker and tea-making paraphernalia admirer, i'm incredibly jealous! :)

Scarlet said...

I'm not a mum, but i want one anyway! covet exactly! i do have however some fab vintage clothing from that store, i should be thankful for what i do have, no yarn as yet though , tee hee.

Carolyn Hietala said...

What a SUPER find! Congrats on your good fortune with this very nice vintage piece ;0)

Alan said...

I have just bought the matching "Fathers" cup and saucer. The cup has father doing the washing up at an old fashioned Belfast sink and with a line of laundry. The saucer has a mop and bucket, basket of laundry, and father wearing an apron and wielding a yard brush.