Classy china col­lecta­bles

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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.”

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