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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 IronstonePlate Anthony Shaw, Mid 1800s, 9 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapot Bamboo2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneToothbrush Holder Bamboo2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneEwer Bamboo, Grindley 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving Mug Bamboo, Grindley 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoap Dish Bamboo, Grindley, 2 Piece 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter Bamboo, Grindley, 3 Piece2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCoffeepot Bamboo, Meakin 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapot Bamboo, Meakin 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamer Bamboo, Meakin 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamer Bamboo, Meakin,2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapot Bamboo, Meakin,2009Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneWashbowl & Pitcher Bamboo, Meakin, Illustrated2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamer Basket Weave, Shaw,2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy Boat Basketweave, Shaw 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving Mug Basketweave, Shaw 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamer Blanket Stitch, Alcock 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamer Blanket Stitch, Alcock,2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlate Bread & Butter, Mellor Taylor,2016Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlate Bread & Butter, Red Cliff, 6 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlate Bread, 6 3/4 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCake Plate Brocade, Alfred Meakin, 9 1/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCake Plate Brocade, Alfred Meakin, 9 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCake Plate Brocade, Meakin 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoap Dish Brocade, Meakin, 3 Piece 2008Login / Create Account for Price


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