Downton Abbey Tea
May 8, 2016 at 1:30 and 3:30pm
Here’s a preview of the 19 items being offered in the Silent Auction at the Downton Abbey Tea on May 8. If you’re going to be at the tea, you can bid on them then. If you’re not going to be at the tea, you’re welcome to submit bids ahead of time. It’s a good way to support the tea and get something you like at the same time. Just give the name and number of the item, the amount of your bid, and your own name, phone number, and e-mail address. If you don’t mind one of us knowing how much you have bid, you can e-mail that information to one of us by Sunday morning at church time, or if you prefer to keep your bid secret, just put it in an envelope with the item name and number on the outside and get it to one of us by the end of church on Sunday morning. Each item will be sold to the person who offers the most money for it. Winning bidders will be notified by phone or e-mail.
Linda Cohn and Barbara Wagner
The British Basket
This basket is chock full of traditional treats (Walker’s shortbread, Cadbury chocolate, Earl Grey tea, orange marmalade) and also a set of recipe note cards featuring the designs of Charles and Margaret Mackintosh as well as some reading material and British souvenirs.
Donated by Judy Miller, Linda Cohn, and Barbara Wagner Value at least $50
Vintage Wine, Glasses, and Linens Basket
“Party like it’s …. Downton Abbey in the ‘20s!” This basket features 4 vintage wine goblets, 4 white linen and lace formal napkins, and a bottle of 2009 Bordeaux, a classic blend referred to back then as “claret”.
Donated by Andy Hart and Berman’s Fine Wines and Spirits, Lexington. Value estimated at $100
Mother’s Day Basket
We haven’t seen the details yet, but Nadine Lombard is creating a special basket full of items picked out to please Mom on Mother’s Day. More info to follow.
“Please look after this bear.” Paddington Bear needs someone to take care of him. That could be you. This brand-new Paddington is decked out in yellow Wellington boots.
Donated by Tim Durning and Barbara Wagner Value $30
Royal Doulton Bunnykins Dishes
Imagine the special child in your life using these adorable dishes. Fine bone china child’s plate, bowl, and cup. Bunnykins design reminiscent of Beatrix Potter.
Value at least $25
Denby Pottery 2-tiered Serving Dish
New English pottery 2-tiered serving dish, white with Imperial Blue Rim
Donated by Bonnie Hayner Similar items sell on-line for about $50
Lady Mary may have used something similar to this white jewelry roll with flowery brocade and lace overlay. It comes with a ceramic flower pin with pink and blue flowers in the English style (shows a little almost indistinguishable wear).
Jewelry roll donated by Merrith Sabo-Jones
Child’s Tea Set
Perfect for afternoon tea parties, this child’s tea set from Singapore comes in a red brocade box and has 6 child-size teacups, a teapot, and tray.
Donated by Rachel and Gretchen Durning
The Downton Abbey ladies in the 1920’s likely carried something like this pink and silver compact, which comes with two mirrors, regular and magnifying.
Donated by Merrith Sabo-Jones
White Wedgwood Vase
Vintage Wedgwood Queensware vase, white ceramic with embossed grapevine around the rim.
Donated by Linda Ziebell Similar items sell on-line for $30–$60 and more
Everything you need to start exploring the world of flowering teas, this glass teapot comes with 4 flowering tea buds and a mini Tea Time book with tea tradition, presentation and recipes.
Donated by Meredythe Schober Similar items sell on-line for $20-$30
Vintage Blue Jasper porcelain silver brooch with mother and child cameo. Dated 1954.
Donated by Barbara Wagner Similar items sell on-line for $85 and more. **Minimum bid $30**
Small pot of English fine bone china flowers, approximately 2 in. tall
$25 Gift Certificate for Henry Bear’s Park Toy Store
Donated by local toy store Henry Bear’s Park
Downton Abbey: A Celebration
The Official Companion to All Six Seasons
Written at the beginning of the final season, this book by Jessica Fellowes leads us through the house and estate, reliving the iconic moments of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as they navigate the emerging modern age.
Donated by Barnes and Noble, Burlington
Victoria and Albert Plate
This is a commemorative tin replica of a plate made in 1840 with the superimposed initials of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Donated by Merrith Sabo-Jones
For special occasions offer your champagne toast in Downton Abbey style with this pair of Shannon Crystal champagne flutes.
Donated by local gift shop Firefly Moon Value at least $50
Homemade shortbread cookies
Take home a delicious plate of homemade shortbread cookies.
Donated by Cindy Manson and Merrith Sabo-Jones
Teavana Artisanal Brewing Kit
This “Welcome to Loose-Leaf Tea” artisanal brewing kit contains one Perfectea Maker, four tea tins, one Perfectea spoon, Perfectea rock sugar (1 pound), and 2 ounces each of four tea blends: Youthberry & Wild Orange Blossom white tea/herbal blend, Maharaja Chai Oolong & Samurai Chai Maté blend, Peach Tranquility herbal blend, Jade Citrus Mint green tea blend.
Donated by Linda Kristian, value $69.95