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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 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 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
 Tea Leaf IronstoneButter ChipChelsea, Johnson Bros., 6 Piece1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCasseroleCover, Pedestal Base, 6 1/2 X 11 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber PotCover1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber PotCover, Cable, Shaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber PotCover, Square, Ridged, Wedgwood1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber PotFlower Finial, Copper Luster1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber PotLionshead, Mellor, Taylor1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneChamber PotSquare, Ridged, Powell & Bishop1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCoffeepotFishhook, Meakin1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCoffeepotLily Of The Valley, Shaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCompoteSquare, Red Cliff1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCreamerSquare, Ridged, Wedgwood1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCupHandleless, Morning Glory, Elsmore & Forster1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup SaucerAnthony Shaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCup SaucerMorning Glory, Wileman1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCuspidorFigural Head Spout Each Side, 8 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneCuspidorShaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishVegetable, Cover, Square, Wilkinson1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneDishVegetable, Cover, Sunburst, Wilkinson1996Login / Create Account for Price


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