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Tea Leaf Ironstone
Tea Leaf Ironstone

Tea leaf ironstone dishes are named for their decorations. There was a superstition that it was lucky if a whole tea leaf unfolded at the bottom of your cup. This idea was translated into the pattern of dishes known as tea leaf. By 1850 at least twelve English factories were making this pattern, and by the 1870s it was a popular pattern in many countries. The tea leaf was always a luster glaze on early wares, although now some pieces are made with a brown tea leaf. There are many variations of tea leaf designs, such as Teaberry, Pepper Leaf, and Gold Leaf. The designs were used on many different white ironstone shapes, such as Bamboo, Lily of the Valley, Empress, and Cumbow. The tea leaf pattern pictured a luster tea leaf on a white dish. 

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 Tea Leaf IronstoneBakerAnthony Shaw 10 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBakerLily Of The Valley Oval Anthony Shaw 11 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBakerOval Alfred Meakin 9 5/8 x 7 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBasinAnthony Shaw 14 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBrush VaseBamboo Alfred Meakin 5 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCake PlateHexagonal Pierced Handles Anthony Shaw 12 x 9 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamerBamboo Alfred Meakin 6 1/4 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamerCable Shape H. Burgess 5 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishHandles Alfred Meakin 9 5/8 x 4 3/4 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishPickle Bamboo Alfred Meakin 8 x 4 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishPickle Cable Shape Anthony Shaw2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishPickle DeSoto Shape Anthony Shaw2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishPickle Handles Alfred Meakin 9 5/8 x 4 3/4 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishPickle Lily Of The Valley Anthony Shaw2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatFish Hook Alfred Meakin 3 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneMugAnthony Shaw 3 7/8 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneMugFish Hook Alfred Meakin2011Login / Create Account for Price
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 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherChelsea Alfred Meakin 8 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherEmpress Shape William Adams & Sons 6 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherFish Hook Alfred Meakin 8 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
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 Tea Leaf IronstonePlateHanging Leaves Anthony Shaw 9 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
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