Rita's Vintage Fortune Teller's Tea Cup - Have a Spot of Tea and See Your Future
Rita's vintage fortune telling tea cups are a rare find. Each cup has it's own energy and it's own origin of history. These tea cups are vintage so they have been used throughout their journey in this life, some may have tea stains from their past lives but all of them are in great condition and very, very beautiful. Perfect for the tea leaf reader or fortune teller, or for the witch who luvs tea and would like to sip theirs from a magical cup.
The saucer measures approximately 5 3/4" in diameter and stands about 3/4" tall. Decorated all around the edge with 18 different symbols such as horse shoe, key, spider web, bug, bat, dollar sign, ladder etc, in yellow, blue and red. Each symbol is framed in black.
Both pieces are marked in black on the undersides:
THE IAN MESSITER FORTUNE TEACUP & SAUCER
The set is in beautiful vintage condition. I can find no chips, cracks or crazing.
The art of tea reading or tasseography dates back to medieval times and evolved to fortune readings over time. Imagination, insight and symbolism are the three keys to be able to read your tea leaves.
"The Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology, Fifth Edition, Vol. 2 edited by J. Gordon Melton, notes:
After a cup of tea has been poured, without using a tea strainer, the tea is drunk or poured away. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now looks at the pattern of tea leaves in the cup and allows the imagination to play around the shapes suggested by them. They might look like a letter, a heart shape, or a ring. These shapes are then interpreted intuitively or by means of a fairly standard system of symbolism, such as: snake (enmity or falsehood), spade (good fortune through industry), mountain (journey of hindrance), or house (change, success)."
I am not a tea cup collector nor do I claim to hold all the knowledge of each antique piece, so I have done my best to describe them with what I have learned about them.