Belleek Classic Shamrock Basket Weave Mugs (Set of 2)
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- Beautiful basket weave patterns call to mind wickerwork baskets that have been in use in Ireland for centuries, an elegant nod to tradition in a modern twist.
- Hand-painted shamrocks make each individual mug a one-of-a-kind piece that you’re sure to treasure. To keep your special details looking fresh, hand wash is recommended.
- Our Belleek mugs are crafted in Ireland by skilled artisans and a company that has a long history of creating premium porcelain products. When you buy Belleek, you know you are getting the very best.
- Beveled rims help prevent drips and spills, while fine porcelain helps keep the contents hot (and looking stylish the whole time!).
- Each mug holds a steady eight ounces, perfect for your morning tea or afternoon coffee. They are also microwave safe, so you can rewarm your beverage if needed.
Manufacturer: Belleek China
Drinking tea is quintessentially Irish, and if you’re looking for a handsome set of cups to drink your tea from, you will love our Belleek Classic Shamrock Basket Weave Mugs. Just the right size for your afternoon cuppa, with elegant details and the highest quality porcelain, these beautiful mugs are perfect whether you’re having beverages for one or two.
Sweet and elegant, our Belleek mugs are the perfect size for a small cup of coffee, tea, or even a cup of milk for little hands. Crafted in Ireland by the finest porcelain artisans in the business, you know that you’re getting the absolute best of the best when you buy Belleek. It is the attention to detail that really sets our Belleek mugs apart from the rest of the field. The curved, gently beveled rim is designed to help prevent drips and spills, keeping your drink where it belongs, and gently curved handles easily accommodate all sizes.
The Belleek basket weave pattern is on full display in these distinctive mugs. First introduced by Belleek in the 1880s, this beautiful pattern is influenced by classic Irish wickerwork patterns, used by farmers and merchants for centuries. Hand-painted shamrocks adorn each mug, representing Ireland’s most well-known symbol and the island’s natural green splendor.
Available in a set of two and serving eight ounces each, our mugs are the perfect addition to your morning tea routine, as well as a thoughtful gift for any friend or loved one with a coffee addiction.
Since 1857, Belleek has become synonymous with the finest, most beautiful china in the world, and boasts its Irish heritage with pride. Belleek is a small village in County Fermanagh and was devastated by the Great Famine in the mid-1800s, much like the rest of Ireland. John Caldwell Bloomfield began searching for a way to help the remaining local population when he inherited his father’s estate in 1849 and discovered that the geological area around the village was rich in clay, shale, flint, and other minerals needed to create high-quality pottery. The power of the nearby River Erne was harnessed to grind the raw materials into liquid so that they could be transformed into pottery--and the company was born in 1857, about a decade after the worst year of the Famine.
Belleek’s earliest products were practical items for the kitchen and home, like tableware, mortars and pestles, and floor tiles. However, they quickly began exploring the more artistic side of their craft, and Belleek quickly gained a reputation for beautiful, high-quality products as they began exporting their distinctly Irish crafts to the US, Canada, and Australia while serving a booming market at home in Ireland and the UK. Queen Victoria herself was an early customer of the company.
Today, Belleek features a range of beautiful products, from teapots and tea sets, jewelry boxes, picture frames, flower vases, Christmas ornaments, and elegant dishes. This sophisticated bread plate is an example of the careful craftsmanship that goes into every piece Belleek manufactures, Irish pottery that stands as a shining light on a world-class scale.
Shamrocks are one of those symbols that evoke the thought of Ireland. The name shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg, and translates to “young clover” or “summer plant.” These young green sprigs have deep links to the history of Ireland. The plant was considered sacred to the Irish Druids due to its cluster of three heart-shaped leaves. Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is said to have used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Christian holy trinity. The shamrock has been used as an Irish national symbol since the 18th century, much like the thistle is used in Scotland and the rose for England. Today, it is featured on many buildings as a decorative motif, lampposts, postcards, and postage stamps.
The shamrock is also featured prominently in celebrations--it is a tradition for the Irish Taoiseach to present a Waterford crystal bowl of shamrocks to the President of the United States in the White House on St. Patrick’s day. The soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment of the British Army not only use the shamrock as their emblem, but they also traditionally wear a sprig of shamrock on St. Patrick’s day.
Product Features We Adore
A gently beveled rim helps prevent drips and spills
Basket Weave Design
A subtle nod to Ireland's traditional wickerwork baskets
Every clover is different and each brush stroke is unique