Aynsley Tea Cup and Saucer, Capistrano, Bird Aqua/Turquoise Floral, Gilt, England c.1960
I’m not sure how or why but I’ve developed a fascination for china teacups. Perhaps this comes from my grandmother as she had several beautiful teacups. I have a set of 10 different teacups from my grandmother. Anyway, as I find so many different, unusual and beautiful teacups, I begin to wonder about them. Where did they come from? How old are they? Where were they made?
This teacup is Aynsley China. What is Aynsley China anyway? Well it’s actually Aynsley China Lts. And it’s a British manufacturer of bone china tableware, giftware and commemorative items. This particular company was founded in 1775 by John Aynsley in Lane End, Longton, Staffordshire. His grandson, also John Aynsley, built the historic Portland Works on Sutherland Road, Longton Staffordshire in 1861.
This business was profitable and desireable in the business world. A couple of different companies bid on Aynsley China. In 1970 John Aynsley and Sons was taken over by Waterford Glass and renamed Aynsley China Ltd. Perhaps you’ve heard of Waterford Crystal?
Aynsley China was acquired by The Belleek Pottery Group in Ireland in May of 1997.
In September 2014 the company closed the Stoke-on-Trent factory. As of July 2015 the factory shop was still open but its future is uncertain as it’s being advertised for sale.
So there you have it! As I curiously investigate various teacups it’s becoming clear that the teacup world is as vast as the tea world. There’s so much to discover!