Tea Leaf club hosts ‘Home Again in Indiana’ Sept. 9-12


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This rare cake plate featuring the copper lustre Thistle design was a featured item in the 2009 convention auction. Photo courtesy Tea Leaf Club International

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Members of Tea Leaf Club International, a group dedicated to the study and collection of copper lustre-decorated 19th century ironstone china, will be holding their annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 9-12 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

Club vice president and convention chair Annalea Robeson has planned a fan open house Sept. 9 and barbeque bash hosted by Robeson at her 1920s bungalow. On Sept. 10, a bus tour of historic sites in the area is planned. Included on the tour is the home of President Benjamin Harrison followed by a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

The evening of Sept. 10 features the opening activities such as “In-Law & Outlaws Sale” (for items valued under $50) and a “Black Sheep Display” featuring non-perfect pieces that collectors have adapted into display items. There will also be an educational program titled “Kissin’ Cousins – Meet the Kin” where the various manufacturers of copper lustre variants of the Tea Leaf design will be discussed.

The major event of the weekend is the annual convention auction Sept. 11 and will feature some 300 top-quality and scarce pieces of Tea Leaf china and related designs including Moss Rose-decorated ironstone.

Saturday night there will be a lovely evening banquet with special presentations, including an educational program titled “”Kissin’ Cousins – The Family Album.” Photographs of pieces of ironstone featuring the numerous Tea Leaf lustre variants will be the highlight here.

The convention wraps up with Sept. 12 with “Table Sales.” That’s when dealers will set up to offer more quality pieces.

Members often find choice examples to add to their collections with more Tea Leaf china offered than they are likely to see during a whole year’s hunting.

For more details on joining the Tea Leaf Club International please contact the membership chairs Peg & Carl Schilling, 3120 E. Titus Ave., Des Moines, IA 50320. ?

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