Not long after my first Noritake find I came across this gorgeous tea-set in another Vinnie's Store...
I absolutely love the pale blue band on the outside, platinum rim and delicate flowers on the inside of the cups, so pretty and just $10.
I haven't had much luck finding any info on this particular design, it is marked RC Japan with a little laurel leaf on the base, I have read that this mark was introduced in 1926 by Noritake and re-used in the mid-fifties.
Fast forward a few weeks and back in the same Vinnie's I found...
...a 16-piece dinner service in the same pattern for a grand total of $16! I have been on the lookout for a nice service and don't think I could have found anything even new this cheap never mind a beautiful vintage set in perfect condition!
I particularly love the delicate bowls.
I am really looking forward to cooking a very fancy dinner to use this beautiful service along with these gorgeous linen damask napkins I picked up for $5 still in their box, these retail new in Ireland for EUR 68 which is about $100!
I am thinking that if there were a few weeks between me finding the tea set and the dinner service in the same store they may have some more matching pieces out the back... Wouldn't you just love to sneak into the storage area in your favourite Op Shop to see what's waiting to be priced and found?
Who knows? In a another few weeks maybe I'll find a matching teapot or soup tureen? Wish me luck :-)