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Hazle Ceramics-collectable wall plaques- "The Tea Shop" from "The Nation of Shopkeepers"range.

Our Price: £110.00

THIS ONE WAS BOUGHT in 1991 and is SIGNED BY HAZLE on the front.

It was first issued in 1990 in one limited mould and it was one of the first 7 moulds ever made. It is considered a retired piece and an investment item for the future by UK antiques dealers.

Handmade and handpainted, described by UK antiques expert as the collectables of the future of antiques, here we have "The Tea Shop" with English telephone box outside it, from the street scene range "A nation of shopkeepers".

Based on a building in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the popular Tea Shop was originally a Tudor Coaching Inn, built around 1567 and was more recently a Barclays Bank. These hostelries were essential stopping points in the days of horse drawn coach travel, and can still be seen in many High Streets. Hazle present it as an English Tearoom, serving cream teas, and with two delicately painted hanging baskets over the gateway which would once have led to the stables. Outside is an old red phone box, sadly disappearing from our streets, as mobile phone ownership is now almost universal.

The Tea Shop stands 18.7cm (7 & 1/2″) tall to the top of chimney x 12cm (4 & 3/4″) wide.

Initials JC painters mark on the back.

The company has been going now for over 20 years. This particular plaque was bought when Hazle had just started up and was just catching the attention of antique and collectable dealers in the early 1990s.