Demitasse (/ˈdɛmɨtæs/) = small cup used to serve Turkish coffee or espresso.
Set consists of: coffee pot with lid, sugar bowl with lid, creamer, six cups, six saucers and tray. A demitasse has typically about 60–90 ml (2–3 fl oz) capacity — half the size of a full coffee cup (not to be confused with a tasse à café which is about 120 ml (4 fl oz)).
The set bears the “M in a wreath” (or M-in-Wreath) handpainted mark – “M” stands for importer, Morimura Bros. This mark was used between circa 1914 until 1940 while this model/pattern code no. 37532 was discontinued in 1921 which puts this set sometime between 1914 and 1921. The pattern is white with gold encrusted scrolls. The gold is raised.
The set is in excellent vintage condition. No chips, cracks, or crazing. No fading in the gold either. It is the perfect Christmas gift for your mother, mother-in-law or just that friend who loves to entertain. You can buy it out here.
Little demitasse interesting/crazy/strange fact:
In May 2008 the international office of the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed the Ipswich City Council’s Mayor’s collection of 650 sets of demitasse cups (1500 individual cups) is the biggest collection in the world. The Mayor of Ipswich Cr Paul Pisasale has been collecting demitasse for over 15 years.