Thursday, November 12, 2009

Red Rose Tea Figurines this Vintage Thingies Thursday

These vintage ceramic Red Rose Tea figurines are from an early 1970s Canadian figurine series. They came in specially marked boxes of  Red Rose Tea. Since my mom drank Red Rose Tea, I had fun collecting them. Wade of England maufactured these ceramic creatures. They didn't become widely available in the United States until the early 1980s.

This tropical fish has the Wade stamp at the bottom of the base. Most of the ceramic animals were in neutral tones and not as colorful as this fish.

This kitten  has a bit of color in its pink ball of wool.

If I show a feline, then I must in good conscience show a canine. The expression on this cute puppy's face suggests he's mischevious.

Finally, a fawn with a speckled coat.

While I am no longer a collector of these figurines, I have a small box full of them which are now memories from my childhood.

I'm sure Coloradolady has more vintage thingies to discover.

Happy VTT!


marian said...

they're adorable..i've got a few wade whimsies too :))

Lisa said...

Aww, I love these! :)

Postcardy said...

I love the kitten.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

Those are adorable - what a wonderful collection.

Maureen said...

These are cute. Most of the ones that I've seen are a single color.

Keetha Broyles said...

So darlin'!!!!!

★Carol★ said...

I love all of these so much! They're all so cute! I started collecting them just before they stopped putting them in the boxes. I was so sad to see it end. But while I was collecting, I couldn't drink the tea fast enough, I was so excited to buy another box! Thanks for reminding me about these little cuties!
Happy VTT!

Robin Ennis Willson said...

My Grandmother used to get them, and my Great Grandmother. We didn't seem to put much value in them at the time, but they are precous now, aren't they? My Mom says they are starting to put them in the tea boxes again, but milk glass rather than the old style.

Coloradolady said...

These are adorable...and I have never paid much attention to these little things in antique stores, I love the sweet. Have a great VTT!

Jocelyn said...

Very adorable. I have several as well, but I've not been able to take any good pictures.


Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

I have a little box of these too. I remember urging my mom to drink more cups of tea so I could collect them more quickly!
I never realized that Red Rose Tea wasn't available in the United States before the eighties!
I get such an education cruising the blogs!
Evelyn in Montreal

concretenprimroses said...

They are sweet. Thanks for posting them. I often wonder where the cute little figures you see in shops come from.
I think Red Rose Tea was here before the 80s. I remember an ad with a chimpanzee singing about Red Rose Tea on TV when I was a kid. And I think they did something with movie passes too, reduced price to go to the movies with something cut from a RR Tea box. My mom drank Salada, so I never had the coupon.

Kim, USA said...

Wow those are cuties. Great collection you've got there. Happy weekend!

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