After years of coveting it, I finally won the pieces of this vintage seashell shaped tea set on eBay! I already showed the sugar bowl and milk jug in this post, but I thought I'd share some pictures of the full set.
The teapot, cup, sugar bowl and milk jug are all in the shape of upside down conch shells, and the teapot and sugar bowl have little shell shaped handles on the lids. The saucer is I think meant to look like an oyster shell (?), and the rectangular plate which the milk jug and sugar bowl stand on is decorated with patterns of seaweed and shells. It is all painted in shades of green, cream and brown.
I really like this set, I think it is really unusual and interesting, and obviously perfect for a mermaid! I'm pleased that it isn't stereotypical pastel mermaid colours, as I think the green is more me. I was lucky to find pieces in reasonable condition, which can actually be used and which won't just be ornamental. I plan to use everything in this set, although I don't take sugar in tea so might have to find an alternative use for the sugar bowl.
I haven't had chance to make tea with the set yet but I have found that the rectangular plate is perfect for fancy chocolate seashell eating!
If you want to find a similar set, they often pop up on eBay or Etsy, as well as in charity shops and car boot sales. If you're searching online try keywords like "Majolica", "seashell tea set", "vintage shell tea set" or "Japanese shell tea set".