White bell shaped flowers nestled among vivid green stems makes a stunning bone china springtime tea for one tea set by Heirloom. Lily of the valley is the flower for the month of May.
Lily of the valley means a return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you've made my life complete, humility, happiness, love's good fortune.
The legend of the lily of the valley is that this flower sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits.
Lily of the Valley tea for one set includes a six cup teapot, one cup and saucer, a sugar and creamer set, serving tray and one gold spoon.
The pieces in this tea for one set are trimmed in gold so cannot be used in the microwave oven.
Made in England.
Several processes are involved in the making of bone china, but the ingredient that sets it apart from porcelain is that bone ash is added during the manufacturing of the piece. This makes the piece lighter and more translucent than porcelain.
The processing of bone china is more elaborate and more expensive than other types of china, so the price is reflective of this more extensive process. This process also gives bone china mugs
their thin rims and makes sipping a cup of tea more enjoyable. It is easy to tell if your piece is bone china or porcelain. Simple hold it up to the light and it will have a white, translucent look if it is bone china.
Bone china undergoes two firing processes. The first makes the product shrink causing about 20% of the pieces to break. The second firing happens after the piece is glazed to melt the glaze onto the piece. Those that do not crack or break during this stage are decorated with their final patterns. The decoration can be hand painted, sprayed or decals are applied. Many pieces have gold, silvered, or colored paint applied to the rim.