Continuing on my quest to find the Holy Grail in Northwich Market, I scoured the knick knack stall.
One section shows particular promise. Plates, bowls, glasses, ornaments and geegaws stack up and keel over, revealing chips and cracks and glued on appendages. But I know that somewhere in all this tat lurks buried treasure, it’s only a matter of time. Today I found a Regency saucer lacking its cup, and on the back, glued on, two strips of tatty paper:
“CUP AND SAUCER GIVEN TO M.T. BY DOROTHY STARKIE, BORN 1892. THEY HAD BEEN IN THE POSSESSION OF HER GRANDPARENTS”
The saucer has no rim, but deep sides and a faded indigo willow pattern scene. It was 50p. I asked the man with the magnifying glass what had happened to the cup… he thought for a few seconds before remembering that; I tossed it, too smashed, you wouldn’t have looked at it…
On top of the saucer was a pink and cream French faience cup, beautifully painted inside and out. Pink and lemon blossoms and blue fruits, and in the bottom of the cup a little scene of vase and flowers, about 180 years old, it too was 50p. It’s saucer probably in the bottom of the bin with the Regency cup.
One Great British Pound, what larks.