It was $35 and would have been far more costly in white, but I am happy with classic honey glaze. It's not a shape you see that often. Number 2095. It is 18 cm tall.
And then... went to the local junk shop and there was a shell which I was pretty certain was Crown Lynn.. only $15 so worth the gamble. And it is, shape number 630 (Thanks NZ Pottery Forum!)
This version is a bit garish for my taste; there's a gorgeous white one on TradeMe at present which is attracting a lot of interest - and no wonder. NOTE I have since discovered that Studio Ceramics made white shells in this shape, which were unmarked. I am not sure if Crown Lynn also made shells in white - I have seen them with this pink and grey effect and also in green and grey. My Crown Lynn shell (above) is unmarked.
And then... at the Waihi charity shop there was a Crown Lynn condiment set; not easy to find. One piece (a toothpick holder?) is missing, but the rest of it was in such excellent condition I couldn't leave it behind.
And this is another groovy cup and saucer - not often seen. The cup has 'New Zealand' on the base, the saucer is Cook & Serve.
Enough! This is our bus at the Miranda shellbank, almost deserted in midwinter, with gorgeous hot pools just up the road. George says that given my tendency to accumulate, we should have a truck not a bus, and sometimes I think he has a point.
More next week.