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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 IronstoneSalt PepperEmpress, Copper Trim2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSaucerEmpress, Copper Trim2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving MugLily-of-the-valley Mold, Anthony Shaw, 3 1/2 In.2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoap DishLiner, Shaw2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoupDish, Empress, Copper Trim, Adams, 8 In.2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarCover, Copper Trim, Adams2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarCover, Flintridge2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarLid, Gold Luster, Powell & Bishop2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTeapotCover, Empress, Copper Trim, Adams2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTureenSauce, Red Cliff, 4 Piece2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneTureenSoup, Shaw, 4 Piece2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBakerSquare, 8 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlAlfred Meakin, 5 x 14 3/4 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlCover, Oval, Adams, 9 3/4 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlLeaf Center, Adams, 6 5/8 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Cover, Gold Leaf Center, Red Cliff, Rectangular2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Cover, Oval, Adams2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Cover, Rectangular, Powell Bishop, 9 1/2 x 6 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Gold Leaf Center, Red Cliff, Rectangular2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBowlVegetable, Oval, Flintridge, 9 7/8 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBread PlateCopper Trim, Wedgwood, 6 3/4 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBread PlateGold Leaf Center, Red Cliff2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneBread PlateRed Cliff, 6 1/2 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter ChipGold Center Leaf, Red Cliff, 2 7/8 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter ChipMeakin, 2 5/8 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price


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