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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 IronstoneEggcupBoston, Meakin1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneGravy BoatFishhook, Meakin1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneHolderToothbrush1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherSquare, Shaw, 8 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherTall1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherTeaberry, Clementson, 7 1/2 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePitcherWash, Teaberry, Clementson, 13 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlateGothic Pinwheel, Walley, 8 1/2 In., 4 Piece1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatter13 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterCold Cuts, Meakin, 10 X 6 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterCopper Luster, Meakin, 10 X 6 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstonePlatterMeakin, 13 X 9 1/2 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishElsmore Forster Ceres ~illus1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishMitten Shape, Teaberry1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishShaw Niagara Fan ~illus1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishSunburst, Wilkinson1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneRelishTeaberry ~illus1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving MugChinese, Shaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving MugLily Of The Valley, Hotel, Copper Luster Room Number1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving MugLily Of The Valley, Shaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneShaving MugTeaberry, Clementson, 3 1/2 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoap DishCover, Insert, Teaberry, Clementson, Oval, 6 In.1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoup TureenBrocade Pattern, Cover, Ladle ~illus1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSoup TureenSquare, Ridged, Mellor, Taylor1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneSugarBamboo, Meakin1996Login / Create Account for Price


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