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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 IronstonePitcherLuster Glaze, Panels, Shaped Handle & Rim, Red Cliff, 1950s, 8 In. Illustrated2017Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber Pot Lid, Mellor & Taylor illustrated2016Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneButterCopper Luster, Marked Alfred Meakin, 5 In. Illustrated, 2012Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneBowl Vegetable, Cover, Bamboo, 7 x 9 1/2 x 3 1/2 In., illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstonePitcher Shaw, 6 3/8 In., illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneSugar Cover, Shaw, A.j. Wilkinson, illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapot Morning Glory, Portland Shape, Elsmore & Forster, 12 In., Illustrated2008Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneWashbowl & Pitcher Bamboo, Meakin, Illustrated2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBone DishAlfred Meakin, 6 5/8 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBone DishRed Cliff, 6 7/8 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlCereal, Adams, 6 1/2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Lid, Oval, Alfred Meakin,2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Round, Wedgwood, 9 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter ChipMellor Taylor, 2 1/2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCoffeepotLid, Wedgwood, 7 Cup, 7 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup & SaucerAdams2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup & SaucerAlfred Meakin2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup & SaucerFooted, Royal Cauldon,2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup & SaucerRed Cliff2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatAlfred Meakin2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatFurnivals2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatGrindley2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatUnderplate, Wedgwood,2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneMugAnthony Shaw, 3 1/2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneNappyWedgwood, 4 x 4 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price


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