I honestly can’t say when or how this happened but I’ve become quite fascinated with vintage tea cups and teapots. Because I have several china tea cups that were my grandmothers and several I’ve purchased, I decided to dig a little deeper and try to find out about vintage china tea cups. As it turns out, there are many things that will help determine the china pattern and the history of a particular vintage china tea cup. Porcelain production actually began in China and that’s why both Americans and Europeans call this “china.” There are several different kinds of china and each uses a different production practice. Manufacturers often specialized in a certain type of china so this helps narrow the possibilities when identifying your china.
There are three types of porcelain Bone China, Hard-paste porcelain and Soft-paste porcelain.