Tag Archives: Common Tomentil

Botanic Garden Egg Cups

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The original six footed egg cups in the Botanic Garden range were: Heartsease, Speedwell, Rhododendron, Common Tomentil, Scarlet Pimpernel and Forget-me-Not.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel occurs in various shades of red.

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The Common Tomentil was later replaced by the Yellow Jasmin.

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The Rhododendron has two versions, one with an extra butterfly:

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The butterfly is on the back, and seems to fill a gap in the motif:

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The original Botanic Garden egg cups had a different shape altogether:

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Most of my egg cups have the old backstamp:

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There are  some egg cups about without the leaf border:

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The footed egg cups are beautiful and practical, we use them a lot

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Portmeirionlore: First Botanic Garden drumshape bowls

In 1973 the first set of dinnerware in the Portmeirion range had several drumshaped dishes or tureens, as well as the Meridian shaped soupbowls. They have the old motifs with dark coloured butterflies.

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The low dish in the front of the picture only occurs in the oldest sets, and I have only seen it with the Citrus.

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The bowls come with the same motifs as can be seen on the teacups, the lids have the  Strawberry Tree and the Yellow Foxglove:

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The soup bowls also have the same motifs as the teacups:

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The Scarlet Pimpernel, Forget-me-not, Rhododendron, Common Tomentil, Heartsease and Speedwell. The bowls are quite large, therefore large butterflies were added to fill up the empty space on the cups. The bowls came with white saucers with the leafed border.

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Three different sizes of jugs were part of the set, the smaller two with the Spring Gentian, the larger also with the teacup motifs:

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Spectacular butterflies…………

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Portmeirion Thimbles

In 1985 Portmeirion, commissioned by the Thimble Collectors Club, produced a trial thimble, featuring the Heartsease.
The following year a collection of twelve different Botanic Garden thimbles were made exclusively for the TCC.

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The Thimble Collectors Club no longer exists, and it is said that only very few sets of twelve are now known to be in the possession of Portmeirion collectors.

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In this set of sixteen you can see: Common Tomentil, Spring Gentian, Red Star, Orchid, Ivy Leafed Cyclamen, Broom (2 versions), Rhododendron, Barbados Cotton Flower, Speedwell (2 versions), Honeysuckle, Forget Me Not, Daisy, Scarlet Pimpernel and Heartsease.