Monday, January 12, 2009
I just love Tablescape Tuesday, don't you? Susan at Between Naps on the Front Porch hosts this event every Tuesday. So many great ideas!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Mr. Dumpling gave me a new set of china for Christmas. You just have to love a man who does that! Here's the story:
About a year ago, we saw this china. A local friend buys storage bins which have been turned over for unpaid fees. He comes across a lot of junk BUT a lot of treasures. We found the china buried under so many things and fell in love with it.
However, there were no dinner plates and no pattern name. Without the dinner plates, I wasn't really interest. At this point, there was service for 12 of cups, saucers, cream soups, dessert bowls, gravy boat, sugar and creamer.
Fast forward to this November. I kept thinking about this china so went to Replacements.com to find the pattern. I spent hours and I do mean hours searching every Noritake pattern. Lo and behold, I found it!! It doesn't have a "name" but is called Pattern no. 117. Guess what? They had 10 dinner plates!!
If you are familiar with Replacements.com, you know they are not known for their bargains. However, if you are trying to complete a set, it is the place to find the rare or unusual pieces. One week later, I had plates for Christmas!
I am not normally a blue person. I have very little blue in my house but this china just spoke to me. It has a tan scroll border with a background of blue. There are clusters of flowers in pink, rust and yellow with the green leaves. All the pieces are gold trimmed.
The mark is the Noritake Green M Wreath which indicates this pattern was made between 1918 and 1921. The pieces we purchases are in mint condition so it was lovingly cared for...except for whatever happened to those original dinner plates!
Mr. Dumpling also collects opalescent glass. I've added some of his blue opalescent collection to the pictures. Enjoy!!
This is another opalescent pitcher in a different pattern.
I just love the little tongs that look like hands on the pickle castor.
The blue harp cake stand holds a special place in my heart. It belonged to my Auntie, Mother's only sister. Harp cake stands were made by Jeannette Glass in the 1950's. This color is called iced blue.
She was actually going to sell it in a garage sale and Mother was just horrified. You see where I get this love of glass from? Mother purchased it on the spot. I always use it to hold my Italian Cream Cake. This picture shows it with one of the faux cakes I have. I just love to decorate with those.
Happy Tablescape Tuesday and don't forget to check out all the other posts for great ideas.