I picked up this cup and saucer today at a yard sale in the nearby-to-Queensborough hamlet of Actinolite. I got it for 50 cents, and truth be told I wouldn’t have paid any more than that for it, because I don’t really like the style, even though it is a member of the highly collectible Fire-King family. But I bought it not because it’s Fire-King (though that doesn’t hurt), but because it’s exactly the cup and saucer that all of us of a certain age have drunk tea from at church-basement luncheons and suppers from here to eternity – or Kaladar, whichever comes first. Open the cupboards in any still-active rural-Ontario church kitchen and chances are good that you’ll fine dozens and dozens of these white-with-gold-trim Fire-King cups and saucers. They are just waiting to be filled with high-test church-basement tea (the stuff that’s so strong and dark that you can’t tell till you taste it whether it’s tea or coffee) to be enjoyed as the accompanying beverage while one consumes a ham supper or turkey supper or those wonderful, wonderful church-basement sandwiches that I can never get enough of.
Will I ever use my newly purchased vintage cup and saucer here at the Manse? Probably not. But I’m glad I have it, as a reminder of that church-basement tea that tastes extra good in those white Fire-King cups and saucers.