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Apr
A Tea Towel To Commemorate the Marriage of William & Kate | 2 Comments
Emma Bridgewater's commemorative tea towel

My friend Maggie with Emma Bridgewater's commemorative tea towel for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Last Saturday my husband, Anil, woke up at 5:30 a.m. to watch the 2011 World Cup Cricket match on his iPad (India was playing Sri Lanka—and happily for us, since my husband is Indian, India won). Two weeks from now, my friend Maggie plans to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29. “Maybe it’s my British background,” she told me, “but I just can’t miss it.” She woke up early to see the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981, too.

To my delight, Maggie shared her passion for royal weddings when she and her partner, Jay, one of my husband’s longtime squash buddies, joined us for dinner over the weekend and came bearing the gifts of a lovely bottle of wine and a tea towel commemorating the marriage of William and Kate. Designed by Emma Bridgewater, a well-known English potter, who has produced a line of earthenware products to celebrate the occasion, too, the towel and pottery are highly collectible—and would make wonderful gifts for your own royal-wedding loving friends. Emma Bridgewater’s pottery is made in the small Victorian English town of Stoke on Trent. Each unique piece is not only hand painted and hand finished but is also is dishwasher and microwave safe. You can order the products in Britain online through Bridgewater’s Web site. Or you can purchase them in America through Joanne Hudson or Annmarie’s. A box of 1-pint mugs costs about $73.

Maggie, who’s a talented designer and collector as well as a finance whiz, also shared with me her secret silversmith, who recently polished Jay’s many tarnished silver squash trophies. The place is called Jean’s Silversmith, which is actually a favored silver destination in New York for many silver lovers and anyone who needs to polish, plate or engrave silver or complete a silver set at a reasonable price. “They sell every pattern for about a third what you’d pay in a store,” Maggie told me. While I was glad to get some good advice on polishing silver recently from my friend Megan Fulweiler (see her post from March 22), I think I’ll let the pros handle the job of polishing my husband’s many squash trophies, which are due for a cleaning, too, and which I aim to have gleaming in the very near future—maybe even in time for the royal nuptials.

commemorative mug by Emma Bridgewater

A commemorative mug for the marriage of William and Kate by Emma Bridgewater.


2 Responses to A Tea Towel To Commemorate the Marriage of William & Kate

  1. megan fulweiler says:

    Many thanks to Maggie for letting us in on a great new source. Can hardly wait to visit Jean’s Silversmiths. A shop that can also repair favorite time-worn pieces is a treasure itself!

  2. Jean Nayar says:

    Thanks for your comment, Megan. Your tips on cleaning silver are a treasure, too!

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