A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA Footed Teacup & Saucer with Matching Ornament Size Tom Hegg Book Circa 1992
Vintage “A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA” FOOTED TEACUP AND SAUCER produced by Waldman House Press, circa 1992.
The set is accompanied by an ornament size copy of the book, A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg and illustrated by Warren Hanson.
The bone china FOOTED TEACUP AND SAUCER is decorated with green holly, red berries and gold trim. The inside of the teacup is trimmed with holly leaves with the words, “A Cup of Christmas Tea” framed with springs of holly leaves and berries. Both pieces are marked on the bottom (see photos) and are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing. The miniature book has a gold string for hanging and has a copyright date of 1982 (ISBN 0-931674-21-2)
The story of why the publisher, Ned Waldman published the Christmas book when he learned it was about go out of print is touching—and why he produced matching tea sets to accompany the book.
In 1992, he was asked in a Pioneer Press interview, “how does a Jewish fellow get so involved and passionate about a Christmas book?" Waldman shared his personal story about living with a "fantastic lady" named Adele Molitor, near the Basilica, from the time he was only two months, when his mother died, until he was six years old.
Waldman said of Adele, “She was an extraordinary human being who filled their one-room home with inexpensive Woolworth teacups and a tree at Christmas.”
Waldman considered his publishing of the book, "A Cup of Christmas Tea," which was the story of a man who finds the meaning of Christmas when he visits his elderly aunt, his special tribute to Adele, and one of his most important legacies.
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