Monday, August 24, 2015


All our vintage china was made in England by manufacturers in the Staffordshire Potteries the majority of whom ceased trading many years ago.

Royal Crown Derby c.1939
Crown Staffordshire c.1930s
Paragon Art Deco

The beautiful, floral patterned, 22kt gold gilded teacups, teapots and tableware we have on our website has been sitting in someone's display cabinet or on their tea table in the past, so of course they are used pieces. If, like me, you appreciate the craftsmanship that went in to the production of vintage china and love the delicate shapes, hand painting and elegance of style, then you will enjoy collecting vintage china.

Royal Adderley c.1960s

We search UK wide for the prettiest chinaware so that you can start your own collection or give someone a special and thoughtful lasting gift. A full teaset when washed and checked may turn out to be just a few teacups and saucers as we discard any that are chipped, cracked or crazed.

Sutherland China c.1936
On our website you can choose to see teaware by selecting the Colour/Date/Style category. If you like say green or pink colours, Art Deco from the 1920s and 30s or mismatched china you can see them all listed together.

 Take a look at our large collection of teacup trios and start your collection today.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


People often say that tea tastes better when drunk from a proper teacup rather than a mug. Well that may or may not be true after all it is subjective. Maybe it is because a mug is usually made from earthenware which is a very different substance from bone china. Perhaps it is the ritual of placing the teacup on a saucer and hearing the little 'ting' as the two surfaces come together. Or could it be that the tea is more likely to be brewed in a teapot when using teacups, a time old tradition that still evokes an age of elegance. 
Tuscan China made by R.H.& S.L.Plant
 Whatever the reason we love the beautiful patterns and shapes of vintage china teacups. 

Duck Egg & Gold Teacup Trio
 Our Vintage china really is authentic and was made in the Staffordshire Potteries in years gone by. Until the mid 20th century there were hundreds of potteries in Staffordshire manufacturing  teaware for the home. Now there are only one or two left and these companies either produce high end - expensive products - such as Royal Crown Derby, which is not actually in Staffordshire, or have switched their china manufacture to Asia or now make earthenware products.

Aynsley April Rose
 How can you tell if a teacup is real bone china? Check the manufacturers stamp on the underside and it should say bone china or fine bone china. Most items also say England or Made in England if made after 1891. Hold the teacup in your open palm and flick it with a finger nail. You should hear it 'ring' as you would with a thin drinking glass. Fine bone china is almost transparent when held up against a light or candle.
Royal Standard Garden Terrace
 Looking after your precious vintage china: Bone china is also incredibly strong and when used at room temperature it can take boiling water without harm - but it is not advised to pour in boiling liquids if the china is icy cold as the shock could cause it to crack.  If knocked against a hard surface the rim can chip. The gold gilding on the rim, handle or foot of the cup is real gold mixed with a fixative which is fired in the kiln to keep it in place. With prolonged use some of the gilding may wear - this is quite normal and not harmful. Washing should be done by hand and definately not in a dish washer with detegents that are far too harsh. Cracked, crazed or chipped china should not be used for drinking from as bacteria can hide under the glaze.

Christian Dior Roses
 We select only the very best peices of china for our teacup trios, tea sets and cake stands and discard any that is not of a suitable quality.   
Royal Albert Gladiolus
Give someone the really special, lasting gift of a vintage china teacup trio in a ribbon bound keepsake gift box and they can enjoy drinking tea from a 'proper cup' and have the added delight of displaying it too.    


Friday, June 20, 2014

Creating a Pink, Green and Gold Mismatched Vintage Tea Set with Cake Stand

We've been collecting together some of our prettiest china finds and taken a selection to show you how easy it is to create your own beautiful mismatched tea set from our vintage teacups. To create the perfect setting for an afternoon tea party we've chosen a pink and green vintage florals theme with lots of lavish gold. 

The Staffordshire Potteries made exquisite bone china teacups and we think these are particularly pretty. We've taken an exceptionally fine Paragon Rose Damask, a Salisbury pink rose and gold, a Queen Anne Gainsborough, Adderley, Elizabethan lily of the valley and Tuscan green floral tea trio. Each trio has a matching teacup, saucer and tea plate. 

Why have just one pattern when you can enjoy them all? The complementary pink and greens give the tea set a designed theme, but of course, if you want to have all mismatched colours and patterns that looks just as lovely. You can add more, or fewer if you wish, and you won't have to worry too much if there is ever a breakage. No more fruitless searching for that elusive bygone pattern. Simply find another vintage teacup that will fit with your scheme. 

We've added a Tuscan cream and green floral cream jug and sugar bowl which matches with one of the teacups and a plate in the cake stand to give the set design continuity. 

We created this beautiful vintage cake stand from a green and gold Adderley cake plate, a Tuscan floral plate and a mismatched Royal Albert Lady Carlyle teacup and Salisbury pink and gold saucer.

Just add guests and serve your cupcakes and tea with a touch of vintage glamour!

We have lots of lovely teacups for you to choose from to mix and match. All of our vintage china was made in England in the Staffordshire Potteries. We spend a great deal of time searching for the best quality prettiest teacups so you're sure to find a pattern to fall in love with. 

To complete your tea set we stock vintage bone china teapots, cake plates and accessories too. This is a Royal Albert teapot in the classic Old Country Roses pattern.

The teacups featured in this tea set are all currently available to buy at Cake Stand Heaven whilst stocks last.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring 2014 Vintage China Tea Party

Celebrate Spring with a Tea Party

Start collecting your unique mismatched vintage china tea set today! We have a new selection of teacup trios, milk jugs and sugar bowls, teapots, cake stands and cake or sandwich plates to choose from.

Mismatched 5 Place Setting of Vintage Pink Theme China. One Each - Dinner, Salad, Tea Plates and a Teacup & Saucer.

We like this pink rose theme. All authentic vintage china and with each piece from a different manufacturer we can add both new and vintage china pieces to make our place setting as varied as we like.

Rose Chintz Dishes
These pretty Johnson Bros. dishes with a pink rose pattern are suitable for desserts, soup and cereals. Just £18 for a set of six.

We also have a matching teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl tea set available. 

These would make a lovely breakfast starter set. 
Rose Chinta Teapot, Milk Jug & Sugar Bowl Tea Set

A dainty way to hand round biscuits, sweets and little nibbles is on a hostess cake plate with a handle and comport base.

Hand Painted Vintage English China Hostess Cake or Biscuit Stand

A complete Tuscan vintage pink china tea set in the Windswept pattern.

Tuscan Vintage Pink Fine Bone China Windswept Pattern Complete Tea Set

Tuscan back stamp.

 Note the Made in England mark which will become a rarity in years to come. The famous Staffordshire fine china makers have all gone and even Wedgwood, Royal Albert, Minton and Royal Doulton have been made in Indonesia and China since 2009. If you have a piece of pretty, vintage, made in England china then you have a little bit of English cultural heritage. Although there were huge quantities of china goods made in the Staffordshire potteries, it was not limitless. Over time pieces get broken and sent abroad ensuring that authentic English vintage china will become rare and is already very collectible.

A teacup topped mismatched vintage china 3 tiered cake stand. Our teacup and teapot top cake stands are guaranteed to be a talking point at your afternoon tea parties.

Victorian Garden Gift Boxed China One Litre & 500mls Teapots

Maxwell & Williams Gift Boxed Teacups and Saucers

    We now have gorgeous new teapots in two sizes and with matching teacups and saucers from the Maxwell & Williams, William Kilburn Collection in stock. All beautifully packed in pretty gift boxes.
Pretty Teacup Top 3 Tiered Cake Stands

Yellow and Green Vintage China Teacup Trios

Decorate your afternoon tea table with pretty china and glassware. 

SOLD - Mismatched Vintage China Tea Set

If you are looking for vintage china which you have seen on our website and which is now sold you may be interested in the following information.
Vintage china sold by Cake Stand Heaven is just that – authentic  vintage.
The manufacturers either closed down or were taken over by another pottery years ago. Therefore the china is no longer in production and cannot be ordered.
We spend months searching antiques fairs UK wide to find beautiful china from bygone times and we never know what we will find.
As we only select the very best pieces to sell on it is a rare find indeed if we come across a full tea set with six teacups, saucers and tea plates, a milk jug and sugar bowl and a cake plate (21 pieces).  Most, in fact almost all tea sets were 21 pieces and did not include a teapot.
If you would like us to contact you should we find something that you are looking for then please email us at  so that we have your request and contact address on file. However, please note that as previously stated because vintage china is no longer in production we cannot say when or even if we will come across what you are looking for.

Dawn Chorus Blue

Dawn Chorus Pink

Little Dawn Chorus Portmeirion 2 tier cupcake cake stands. Ideal for children’s parties and modern tea tables.

Make the most of the sunshine and delight your guests by setting your afternoon tea party tables in elegant style. Lay a pretty table cloth and use beautiful china and glass. Fresh flowers are a must and look great in a jug or even a teapot. Provide napkins and polish up the cutlery and light some candles. Try cutting the crusts from bread slices and slice them into 3 equal 'fingers' - make double fillings by sandwiching 3 slices together.
Bake some cupcakes and serve them in pretty paper cases on a lovely cake stand.
Serve your guests 'Al Fresco' and enjoy!  


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