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March 31, 2010

Lovely Lady-Like Coffee Service

This is a gorgeous 19 piece Formal Coffee Service of ceramic ware, made by my aunt, L.L.Liles in 1962. That means in two years the set will be 50 years old. Amazing how it made it into 2010 with no dings, breaks, cracks, or stains. Only the lid to the teapot has crazing. It was obviously well cared for and she would be proud that it was still in such great condition.

Let's begin with the large Coffee Pot. It measures almost a foot high and is 12 3/4" across from handle to the spout! The Pot is accented in gold and has those exceptional little feet on the bottom. All the pieces have these features. It's big party size! I would guess it holds about a gallon of coffee!

Because of the lighting they all look creamy white, however, in daylight they are really white. The huge teapot measures 9" tall with the bulging bottom 6" in diameter. It's 12" from handle to spout. I photographed it next to the EAPG regular sized salt and pepper shakers for a size reference.

I guess you can get an idea of size for the lidded Sugar Bowl and fancy creamer by the EAPG platter the pots were on and again the salt and pepper shakers. I love the lids on this set because they are so easy to handle. I guess that made it much easier to survive the years. See, they have the little feet too.
A Cup & Saucer together stands a whopping 4.5" tall. The diameter of the cups is 4" across. It's in the diameter that you can tell they were handmade. Not that it is ready visible but if you look down on them all you can see they are a little bit unevenly round. I guess where she held them to paint the gold accents on.
There are six Cups & Saucers. The cups as well as the saucers have those cute little feet! (Easier to see in the previous picture) The gold accents really show up on the saucers and the handles have plenty of room to get your finger inside. The cups are very thin and lightweight. I like that feature as well.
Certainly a lot of work went into this set, but I know Sister had a wonderful time making it and caring for it to hand it down. Little did she know that times would change and women wouldn't be so involved with high tea and fancy things after fast food took over! She would flip to know that you can buy a whole Thanksgiving meal at the grocery store with beautiful disposable servingware to accompany it.

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