We seem to have – or should I say I have a Crinoline Lady obsession and I don’t care who knows it.

Ever since Giles came home with a teapot, matching tea cup and saucer and I found a brooch in one of the auction lots the chief finder (AKA) Grandad brought home I was hooked.

Now we have a whole cabinet in the dining room with a teaset including cake stands, jam containers, coffee pots and even a biscuit jar – the only items missing are egg cups.

We decided each morning and evening when we are all together we should use our China and not just look at it fondly through glass. Much to the delight of the teenagers an eclectic mix of China (the old the better) is brought out.

As for brooches well the collection has reached 11, they are displayed in the office and occasionimageally…

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