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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 IronstoneWashbowlMeakin1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWashbowlLily-of-the-valley1997Login / Create Account for Price
Tea Leaf IronstoneWashbowl & Pitcher Bamboo, Meakin, Illustrated2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlHanging Leaves, Shaw1996Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlPaneled, Anthony Shaw, 1860, 5 1/2 In.1997Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlPortland, Morning Glory, Elsmore & Forster2004Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlLily Of The Valley, Shaw2005Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlShaw1999Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlShaw2000Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste BowlChild's, Gold, Mellor Taylor1997Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste Bowl Lily Of The Valley, Shaw 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste JarBrocade, Meakin2006Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste JarBurgess Chrysanthemum, Gold Design2006Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste JarHexagon, Shaw2006Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea Leaf IronstoneWaste JarMeakin Bamboo2006Login / Create Account for Price


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