It's been 18 years since I've seen these cups. . . .
I'd forgotten how beautiful they are. . . .
They're just a few of my Granny Duncans vast collection. I didn't inherit the entire lot, but I did receive ten or so.
I've had them boxed up--in a safe place--for all these years. . . .
Lately, I've been eager to reunite with many of the "pretties" I stored years ago. Instead of "out with the old," I'm saying "in with the old and out with the new. . ."
So far, I've only found these few. . . . There's another box or two somewhere. . . .
They're marked "Occupied Japan", so they date back to at least 1947 or so. . . .
I always loved looking at all the sets in Granny's china hutch. . . .
Every now and then, she'd let me pick my favorite of the day, and we'd have tea and cookies together in the afternoon. . . .
What a treat it was. . . .
Demi is French for half and tasse is French for cup, thus Demitasse. . . .
I did a little research and found that the French used them for coffee. . . .the English for tea. . . .and the Italians for espresso. . . .
They've been around for at least two centuries. . . .
and are the perfect size for kids tea parties. . . . or for snacks. . . .
or for serving a rich dessert. . . .
They are so charming and the pieces are beautifully painted. . . .
I just can't box these beauties up again. . . .
If I could only find the rest of them. . . .
I'm sharing this post with: *Vintage Thingie Thursday @ Coloradolady
* Share Your Cup Thursday @ Mrs. Olsons