Asian tea cups with dragon motifs that American soldiers acquired in Japan during World War II and the Korean War are a common antique in the United States. Other common, old-fashioned tea cups include Royal Albert tea cups from the late 1800s and 1900s.
Old Country Roses is one of Royal Albert's most popular patterns, and the company has manufactured and sold many pieces in this pattern since 1962. Traditional Chinese tea cups, which are older than English tea cups, usually have no handles. Old-fashioned tea cups from Japan also have no handles and are similar to bowls. Tea and tea cups were common in China and Japan before they were in Europe.