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I have always wanted a Royal Albert tea set. My grandmother used to have one, and it was stolen (along with a lot of other valuables). I was devastated, but, these things happen and I got over it!
Royal Albert is a brand that was inspired by the English country garden and the national flower, the rose!
Philip used to work for a franchise company whose stores bought and sold used items. He was on a store visit one day, when a little old lady came in carrying a large Photostat paper box. She asked P if he would be interested in buying her old tea set as she needed the money. He opened up the box and carefully unwrapped an item – it was a Royal Albert, Dimity Rose tea cup! In fact the box contained a 6 piece tea set, cake plate, side plates, sugar bowl and milk jug! Everything except the tea pot! He knew how delighted I would be, made her an offer and bought it!
When we were in London, we visited Harrods and looked for the matching tea pot. We weren’t able to find one, but were told that we could have it made (at a price mind you!) We weren’t in a hurry, so Philip asked a friend whether he would keep an eye open, and if he ever saw one, to buy it for us. A couple of months later we received a call to say that our tea pot was in Johannesburg – he had found it and sent it down with someone he knew who was an air hostess!
How delighted I was to have the FULL set!
Some months later, we were walking around an old antique shop and THERE IT WAS – a full, Dimity Rose tea for two!
What more could a girl ask for? My romantic, exuberant, beautiful, feminine, floral set is complete!