Classy china collectables
growing popularity of high teas proves old-fashioned can become fashionable once more.
Beautiful china is often the highlight of such events and people keen to discover similar dainty delights can find them in the Weekend Shopper China, Crystal and Silverware Collectables section.
From $120 Royal Doulton jugs to $200 Wedgewood, Staffordshire and Queen Anne sets, this section features a range of elegant tableware.
Rebecca Todd is an avid collector of vintage fine bone china and now has more crockery than she can count.
Despite its delicate appearance, Mrs Todd said fine bone china is actually stronger than porcelain and with wise care and careful cleaning, can last for years.
“ True fine bone china is translucent and when you hold it up to the light, you should be able to see your fingers through it,” Mrs Todd said.
“It should be cleaned semiregularly and not in a dishwasher.
“It should also be used often or it will begin to craze.”
Mrs Todd’s desire to show and share her treasures led to her creating a small business, Fancy Tea, 18 months ago.
She now hires out her crockery and tableware collection for special occasions such as brunches, weddings, baby showers and young girls’ tea parties.
“I love being able to share my collection and to hear people say they enjoy using it,” she said.
“I have a wide range of eclectic crockery available including Royal Doulton and Royal Albert brands as well as crystalware, silverware, and teapots - essentially, all things high tea.
“My variety is a talking point and many people reminisce about their grandmothers’ china when they see my collection.
“ This china also creates the most wonderful feeling in people of being treasured and looked after.”