My mother-in-law passed on most I admit, so they are special to remember her by, and a few were from my one and only daughter-in-law. The black tea cup embellished with gold was a find I came across and loved because it was so different than others I had seen. This cup was my only purchase.
The top left cup is a very special cup that I love. It was part of a fine china dinnerware set that belonged to my great grandmother, Elsie Lovina Eldridge Sterling, b 1870 - d 1961. The cup is thin and you can see the shadow of your hand pass by on the other side. I remember going to her Florida home for dinner on many occasions with my parents and enjoying delicious meals she prepared with love. The table would be set with her fine china.
The second row, far right is very similar. It belonged to my grandmother, Florence Eloise Sterling Roesch Hilligoss, b 1904 - d 1971. This cup was part of her good china that she received as a wedding gift from her parents, Elsie Lovina and Emond Lewis Sterling. I also have some of the matching plates and bowls discolored from age stored away.
The teacups remind me of the story of my great aunt, Julia Barbara Keehner Roesch, who was described as "A lady in every sense of the word. She loved to have her tea in floral teacups."
Coffee may be the more popular drink of the day, but it is the teacup that brings the memories of family and love home to me.