Monday, April 16, 2012

Grandmother and her teapot....

I missed the commemorative Titanic tea day as yesterday was my niece's birthday, and I just didn't end up getting a tea party together in time as I had hoped and planned.

But I have been thinking of that era non-stop for weeks; a time of impeccably good manners, beautiful clothing and honed propriety and loveliness.  What better way to show my affection for this by-gone era then to share a photo of my lovely maternal Grandmother and her pretty teapot. This photo of her was taken during that time period.






Her name was Margaret and she was born in Whitehaven, England. (Wikia link- a small west coastal town steeped in interesting history.)  I think she is gorgeous.  I would love to have known her, but she died when my mom was only ten years old. My mom fondly remembered her as having an adventurous spirit. (Must be from Grandmother's father's Irish side!)






This full sized teapot is all I have of hers  - it is feather-light and translucent. It is the most amazing teapot I have ever held. It is very very old. In fact it may even be HER mother's now that I think about it. I know it was cherished by my Mom for as long as I can remember. It was placed up VERY high away on a decorative bookcase shelf in our living room for as long back as I can remember....far from my mom's five children and our wild and rambunctious play!






This teapot is truly one of my most beloved and treasured items.






It hardly weighs a thing - featherlight -  only 13 ounces! It's shocking how delicate is this teapot.

SEE????!!!???






For all who did such a fine job with Sandi's Titanic Tea Link Party, I salute you!






Linking:

33 comments:

  1. Oh you are absolutely right! Your grandmother was so beautiful. I never met my maternal grandmother either, she passed when my mother was 13. I have a few pictures of her which I so enjoy. The teapot is a real treasure. It is also so very beautiful. Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hello again Michele,
    What an extraordinary teapot! It is very lovely and a priceless treasure! And I agree with you; your grandmother was a beautiful lady. Thank you for sharing the beautiful teapot and your story with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a beautiful teapot and what a treasure! You are very fortunate to have inherited this beauty & that it is in such wonderful condition too.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your Grandmother's teapot is breathtakingly beautiful. What a wonderful treasure to cherish.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your grandmother was lovely! This teapot is one of the most beautiful ones I've seen - how wonderful to know it has been part of your family so long and will remain a treasure. So very special. Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a treasure to have something so beautiful which belonged to numerous generations of ladies in your family!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Michele, your grandmother was a beautiful woman and it is so nice that you have her unique teapot. It would be nice if some of the traditions from her era could come back.
    Judith

    ReplyDelete
  8. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful family treasure!!! I can't believe it is so light....it is a stunning piece for sure :o)
    ~Des

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Michele! Your teapot is wonderful! I can't imagine using such a treasure. So delicate and beautiful! Such a lovely picture of your grandmother. My maternal grandmother's name is Margaret too. She was of German descent. Hope those winds blow away soon!

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a divine teapot! It looks so pretty next to your grandmother's picture. You are so lucky to have these treasures!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    ReplyDelete
  11. Such a treasure Michelle! A tribute to your beautiful maternal grandmother! That is the most beautiful teapot I have ever seen!

    I have a $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Soft Surroundings if you would like to enter!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh, what a treasure you own....the photo and the teapot. I have not seen a teapot like it! Delicate and elegant~ I am glad you have such a wonderful keepsake to remember your grandmother by. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your remarks. I have yet to see the movie you mentioned, and I was surprised at all the intrigue involved in Lincoln's assassination! It was not a simple 'one person' thing. Security was almost non existant compared to today, too. Have a great week :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Such a lovely post Michele.
    How beautiful is your grandmother.
    I watched a 3 hour documentary on the titanic on sunday. Such a tragic disaster.
    Your grandmother tea pot is beautiful.. it looks hand painted , so fine and delicate.
    I also had a look at your "emporium" how lovely. Wish i wasnt the other side of the Atlantic I eyed a couple of nice things there..
    Happy days
    val

    ReplyDelete
  14. That is a gorgeous teapot, Michele! And yes, your grandmother was a very attractive woman. I think it's wonderful that you have her teapot and a picture of her.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Michele, thanks for showing your beautiful teapot at Your Cozy Home Party. How nice to be the keeper of such an important piece of your family's history.-------- Shannon

    ReplyDelete
  16. It is very special for you to have such a piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Now that is a phenomenal teapot! Such intricate detail and soft yet vibrant colors! Love it!!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Michelle,
    What an amazing teapot! I had never seen one like it, but it looks French to me.
    Such a treasure, both for its beauty and for the treasured memories of your grandmother... even though you never met her.
    Thanks for the nice post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maria, Could VERY well be, as my Grandfather's family was French....

      Delete
  19. Wow, Michele - your grandmother was absolutely gorgeous! Her teapot is so beautiful - how lucky you are to have it!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi Michele,
    I enjoyed your post so much. You have a very beautiful teapot from your darling Grama. I have a tea set from my Grama and feel very blessed to have it. Thank you for sharing this.
    Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  21. Michele, what a lovely thoughtful post. Your teapot is truly a treasure. Thank you for sharing with us.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Michele: Your Grandma's tea pot is stunning! I love how you have honored her. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pot with us. Blessings, Martha

    ReplyDelete
  23. This truly is treat to see your photo of of your Grandmother and she is very beautiful. The teapot is just gorgeous and such a wonderful family heirloom. I know it is something you dearly treasure. Thanks for the story about your Grandmother for it was so interesting! Pam

    ReplyDelete
  24. Such a great privilege to own your grandmother's beautiful teapot!
    Blessings, Wendy

    ReplyDelete
  25. Such beauty your grandmother is in the picture. The teapot is of a type I never seen before. Incredibly beautiful. It has quite a vegan tive motives, so I guess it's early Art Nouveau. I wish you a nice day! Zinnia

    ReplyDelete
  26. All of your images are excellent but your teapot must be so special to you especially if this is all of have from her. It will be a treasure always. Thanks for sharing your choices.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your grandmother's delicate beauty matches the flawless beauty of the exquisite tea pot... wonderful post...

    ReplyDelete
  28. What a sweet post about your grandmother! She does look really lovely. The tea pot is stunning and I can believe it is very light as I have one like it and it too is super light.
    You are so lucky to have her photo and her tea pot. A lovely reminder of your heritage.
    Hugs,
    Terri

    ReplyDelete
  29. Your grandma is a beauty!!! I often think I was born in the wrong era with my love of more Victorian style items and vintage china! This teapot is a true treasure indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  30. What a beautiful treasure from your gorgeous grandmother. Thank you for sharing them both. I love genealogy and think it's wonderful when someone is interested in family and heritage.
    Babs

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a treasure. The story is such a wonderful family heirloom. I know you hold close the memories it has and will keep this tea pot forever. Thanks for sharing.


    Jody

    ReplyDelete
  32. Gorgeous Micele! Both the teapot and your grandmother.
    Hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment! I read each and every one of them. You thoughts are appreciated!