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    Tea Leaf ClubInternational

    For collectors and enthusiasts ofTea Leaf Ironstone China

    and it’s Copper Lustre cousins,including Ceres, Moss Rose and more!

    For more information visit usonline at

    www.TeaLeafClub.com

    and join us on Facebook

    Tea Leaf Ironstone China& Tea Leaf Club International

    Tea Leaf: A Brief HistoryIn exploring the history of Tea Leaf Ironstone China, wetravel back to the days of our grandmothers—and before.Historically, Tea Leaf was considered to be any English orAmerican-produced ironstone china decorated with thetraditional Tea Leaf motif consisting of three leaves and abud in copper or gold lustre. Today’s collectors haveexpanded that definition of Tea Leaf to include all whiteironstone decorated with copper lustre or gold motifsand/or banding. Names for these Tea Leaf variant motifsinclude Teaberry, Morning Glory, Pinwheel, andCinquefoil among others. Collectors of lustre-decoratedwhite ironstone (i.e. Ceres & Laurel Wreath) and lustre-enhanced transfer-printed ironstone (i.e. Moss Rose andLustre-enhanced Flow Blue) are also welcome.

    What is Tea Leaf?Beginning in the 1840’s English potters manufacturedwhite ironstone china decorated with lustre bands and/orsimple motifs, exclusively for the American market.Anthony Shaw is considered to have produced theoriginal Tea Leaf motif on his Niagara Fan and ChineseShape body styles registered in 1856. These were thefirst of over 150 body styles decorated with the Tea Leafmotif produced by dozens of English and Americanpotters. These talented potters continued to produce thisbeautiful copper lustre decorated white ironstone untilthe beginning of the 20th century. Shipped across theAtlantic in huge sailing vessels, Tea Leaf Ironstone Chinabecame the everyday tableware of Americans. Itadorned tables in town and farm homes across thecountry. Today it is used and displayed in homes andmuseums around the land.

    Purpose and History of the ClubIn 1980, some 130 years after the introduction of Tea Leafto the American market, a group of Tea Leaf collectorsfrom ten states gathered in Illinois to formally organizethe Tea Leaf Club International. Members now comefrom across the U.S. and Canada. The Tea Leaf Club isdedicated to the study of Tea Leaf Ironstone China and itsVariants and supports Tea Leaf collectors through itsmany activities. TLCI members collect, study and loveTea Leaf Ironstone China.

    Davenport Fig CousinTea Leaf Creamer

    Elsmore & Forster PortlandShape Morning GloryCovered Vegetable Dish

    Anthony ShawChinese Shape

    Tea Leaf Butter Dish

    W. Grindley Favorite ShapeTea Leaf Covered

    Vegetable Dish

    Alfred Meakin ScrollTea Leaf Mug

    Clementson Heavy SquareTeaberry Butter Dish

    Anthony Shaw Lily-of-the-Valley Tea Leaf Coffeepot, circa 1860s

    Revised 04/14

  • Benefits of MembershipMembershipOpen to anyone interested in Teal Leaf or its Variants. To join, complete and return the attached Membershipinvitation with your check to the address listed. Our membership year runs from January 1 through December 31.If you join the club mid-year, you will receive all newsletters published during the year you join and your membershipwill renew in December of the same year.

    Tea Leaf Readings: Our NewsletterTea Leaf Readings has been described as one of the best antique publications in the country

    Sent to all current TLCI members four times a yearPacked with educational articles and photosIncludes updates on National and Regional meetings and information from and about Club members

    Web Resources: Tea Leaf Website and our Facebook Pagewww.TeaLeafClub.comCarries interesting articles and educational informationLinks to Tea Leaf’s Facebook site and other ironstone collector clubsRegional meeting announcements and annual convention detailsFacebook gives members a social media network to connect, ask questions and interact with Tea Leaf specialists

    Educational CommitmentThe Education Committee is the research arm of TLCI

    Focuses on the research and publication of newsletter articles for Tea Leaf ReadingsProduces educational supplements devoted to specific potters, body styles, motifs, and Tea Leaf piecesDeveloped and promotes the use of standardized terminology for the various body styles and motifsCreated the and its subsequent updates. Available only to TLCI members,Handbook of Tea Leaf Body Stylesthis definitive reference is the best educational resource devoted to English and American Tea Leaf. It consistsof over 200 pages of description, potters, dates of manufacture and photos of Tea Leaf Body Styles.

    National ConventionsThe TLCI annual convention is a time for Friends, Facts,and Fun

    Buy, sell or trade Tea LeafMeet other people who share their love for these highly collectible piecesLearn from speakers and education programs featuring topics of interest to Tea Leaf collectorsExplore the U.S. since meetings are held in different locations each year, usually late SeptemberSee displays of rare and unusual piecesParticipate in lid and bottom sale/swap; auction and recognition banquet; and dealers and collectors

    offering Tea Leaf and related items for sale throughout the weekendIt’s an overwhelming experience for veteran and new members alike!

    Regional meetingsTLCI has 13 regions across the U.S.and Regional Meetings are hosted by Tea Leaf members.

    Regionals let members share in the educational and social activities of the Club nearer to homeRegional dates are published in Tea Leaf Readings

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