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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 IronstonePlatterGold Trim, Meakin, 12 3/8 In.1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterGold Trim, Rectangular, Meakin, 12 3/4 In.1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterJohn Edwards, 16 x 12 In.1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterMeakin, Rectangular, 12 3/8 In.1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePunch BowlCable, Shaw1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishDesoto, Shaw1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishLily Of The Valley, Shaw ~illus1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSalt PepperGold Trim1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSaucerCopper Trim, Adams1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving MugScroll, Meakin1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoupCream, Saucer, Adams1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoupCream, Underplate, Gold Trim, Flintridge1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoupDish, Copper Trim, Adams, 8 In.1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoupDish, Cream, Underplate1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoupDish, Meakin, 8 3/4 In.1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarCover, Copper Trim, Adams1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarCover, Gold Trim, Flintridge1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarFishhook, Meakin1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapotCopper Trim, Adams1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapotTeaberry, Clemenston1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneToothbrush HolderRuffled Top, Meakin1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTureenSoup, Cable, Shaw1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlCopper Trim, Adams, 5 3/8 In.2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlCopper Trim, Oval, 9 3/4 In.2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlEmpress, Copper Trim, Adams, 6 5/8 In.2000Login / Create Account for Price


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