Royal Stuart Teacup and Saucer, New Hampshire Teacup, Antique Teacups, Vintage Teacups, English Bone China Cups, State Teacup
Enjoy your relaxing beverage in this unique teacup by Royal Stuart Bone China of England. It was actually made by the Spencer Stevenson company which was owned by him and its director. They produced fine china from 1948 to 1960.
Of course, using the Seal of the State of New Hampshire made it unique. Please read on:
The first time lilacs are mentioned in New Hampshire history is in 1750 when Governor Wentworth enlarged his house and the plantings around it. Since the only plant that has ever been planted near the house was a lilac, we believe it was there in 1750. Lilacs were already known in the colonies but few records exist, apparently because the lilac came in as a personal family possession, not part of the agricultural inventory. Therefore, its appearance by the kitchen door was appreciated but never recorded. Although, whenever it came into the state the lilac took root, and, like the hardy settlers who brought it, became a permanent feature in this new world.
The purple lilac became New Hampshire’s official State flower, in a most colorful manner, in the 1919 legislative session. It was opposed by nine other flowers, including the apple blossom, the purple aster, the wood lily, water lily, and goldenrod. The committee’s recommendation was approved by the House on February 20th and sent up to the Senate for concurrence.
The Senate developed considerable purple lilac sentiment and also considered the buttercup. Unable to muster majority support for any flower, the 24 members of the Senate turned to a novel solution. They placed the names of three flowers in a hat, blindfolded Senate Clerk Earle C. Gordon of Canaan, and ordered him to draw a name. The purple lilac, the mayflower and the purple aster went into the lottery, and the latter won the draw.
The Senate reported its unique decision to the House, which clung to the apple blossom, and the impasse was referred to a committee of conference.
The 10-man conference committee soon became stalemated on the flower fuss, and turned to another unique solution. It asked two botanists, Professor Arthur Houston Chivers of Dartmouth and Professor Ormond Butler of the state college to arbitrate the dilemma, and agreed to accept their decision.
Within a few days the two botanists informed the conference committee that they had also become stalemated. Faced with this deadlock added to its own deadlock, the conference committee voted eight-to-two for the purple lilac. Two members stuck to the apple blossom to the bitter end.
The House and Senate concurred with the committee compromise, without further argument, and Governor John H. Bartlett of Portsmouth signed the purple lilac into law on March 28, 1919.
This teacup and saucer is in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks or crazing. You may purchase with confidence.
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Measurements: The saucer is 5.65" in diameter. The cup is 3.5" from rim to rim and 2.9" high.
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