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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 IronstoneBowlApple, Meakin1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBrush BoxLily-of-the-valley, A. Shaw1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter ChipButter Chip1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter ChipSquare1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCoffeepotLuster, Square, Meakin, Marked, 9 1/2 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup SaucerHandleless, Lily-of-the-valley, Tea Leaf In Cup Bottom1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup SaucerPaneled Teaberry1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatHandled Tray, Meakin1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherEast End Pottery, 6 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherHot Water, Meakin1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlateMeakin, 9 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterMeakin, 12 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterMeakin, 14 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterVegetable, Individual, Meakin, 6 X 4 In.1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePunch BowlMeakin1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePunch BowlTeaberry, Clementson1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSaucerMeakin1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapotChinese Pattern, A. Shaw1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneToothbrush HolderInterior Holes For Draining, Shaw1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTureenVegetable, Cover, Square1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup & SaucerHandleless, Lily-of-the-valley, Tea Leaf In Cup Bottom1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup & SaucerPaneled Teaberry1995Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlMellor, Taylor, 10 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButterCover, Square1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButterCover, Tea Leaf Drainer, Square, Meakin1996Login / Create Account for Price


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