Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tableware Thursday - 2/19 - Shenango China Memories

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Front Porch. There are always oodles of people playing (I mean participating). Blogging is serious business you know!

That last line was for Mr. Dumpling who hasn't caught on to the responsibility of blogging. He thinks I might be addicted or even worse, wasting time. I take this seriously. It takes time and dedication. Yes, he reads my blog so my apologies for airing our dirty laundry for the world to see. ;-)

Today, I decided to use some plates which I treasure. These belonged to my paternal grandfather known as Pa Pat.

He was a creature of habit and my grandmother put these on the table every day for him. It kept his mashed potatoes separate from his field peas. He put ketchup on his potatoes but I digress. He was such a character so let's have fun with his dishes!

I have four and wish I had more. I just can't bring myself to spend $25 plus each on eBay. I'm hoping for a bargain.

The plates are grill plates. Don't these make you think of those diners in the 1950's where you got the blue plate special for the day? They were made by Shenango probably in the 1920's - 1930's.

The scene on the plate is just adorable. The carriage is pulling in to a home or rest stop called the Red Lion.

Today, I brought in some of my cranberry glass. I love sugar shakers and this is one of my favorites. I fell in love with sugar shakers after a plantation tour. The original owner had a fabulous collection!

I only have one cruet in the cranberry. I definitely need another but I just love the crystal top. Both are probably made by Fenton in the coin dot/spot pattern.

The cranberry pitcher is Fenton and is in the Daisy and Fern pattern.

The napkin and placemat were bought several years ago from Dillards (big sale).

The silver is First Love by Rogers. Mr. Dumpling found this at our friend's "junque" shop before a Christmas party several years ago. I have gradually added to it.

Here's a closer look.

The crystal goblets are also First Love and made by Duncan & Miller to match the silver. There are so many pieces of the crystal that I want but I will have to gradually add them.

The pattern is so hard to get in focus so here's a different shot:

The little picture just adds just "love" to the table.

Friday is Show and Tell Friday. Hmm, I need to start looking don't I?


Katy said... Best Blogger Tips

Very unique placemats! Great job!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh JudyBug..I love your table! The cranberry glassware.... the silverware.... and the dishes (oh my)



ellen b. said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh those plates are just amazing and the silver...yikes. Oh and the goblets, sheesh, I love it all.
Happy TT to you!

Kathy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a delightful table! Those dishes are a scream. I adore the cranberry glass and especially the sugar shaker. It's all wonderful...Kathy

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your table! How sweet to honor your loved one like this. The dishes are so pretty and it's great with the dividers in there. I don't like my juices to mix either on my plate. The napkins are great and love how you've folded them. I could go on and on. I just love it all!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susie Homemaker said... Best Blogger Tips

You have beautiful things...I love it all...and your Pa Pat sounds like a special guy!

Thanks for visiting...stop by for a cup of tea anytime!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said... Best Blogger Tips

What a wonderful tribute to your loved one..I love your plates, they are gorgeous..and your cranberry is just so eye catching. Great table... hugs ~lynne~

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, I have to say your dishes would look just lovely with my dining room draperies. I love the way you paired them with a stripe napkin. Charming, for sure.

Chandy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely setup! I love your plates!

I want to complete my wedding silverware soon. All of these great tablescapes are making me hungry for a complete set!


Linda (Nina's Nest) said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful setting - but an especially fun remembrance. I needed that plate for my daughter who, growing up and still today, never liked for her food to touch! Linda

Lois Christensen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the dishes!!! And that they belonged to your grandfather makes them all the more special. My hubby thinks blogging is like my job!!! Pretty funny!!

Jewel Sauls said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never seen divided china like that! When I got married my mother said it was a shame they didn't make it because I always wanted sauces and runny foods on the side. Like Sally in "When Harry met Sally." What a great table! Love the flatware and the crystal and had never heard of them! :D Jewel

BECKY said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely table! I am really just becoming intrigued with tableware from the past, and I love the Fenton piece of cranberry. I made my first purchase of some green depression glass sherbert cups last week, and can't wait to include them for TT next week!!

In the meantime...looking for a couple more pieces and totally enjoying the inspiration of talented ladies like you!!!

Love your blog and will follow so I can continue to drink it in!!

Joyful Blessings,

Confessions of a Plate Addict said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judy Bug! I love your tablescape! So nice that you have Pa Pat's dishes! I love the pattern. All of your wonerful little extras make this tablescape really unique! It's gorgeous!...Debbie

Nanna said... Best Blogger Tips

sweet table Judybug! our local grocery store sells a pattern very simelar to that & if you don't have your glasses on they can pass for pink willow LOL close enough for me though I'm just waiting for them to put them out agan LOL

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the cranberry glass with your family's china. What a treasure to have something from your grandparents that brings back wonderful memories. Great job.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tablescape. i love the dishes and placemats alot. mishelle

Rattlebridge Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

I love red-and-white transferware with cranberry glass! Beautiful!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for visiting and please send the warm weather! I love your place setting. I especially like the striped napkins with the plates. One of my very best friends was born in New Castle, PA!!!

Miss Janice said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love the grill plates. They are awesome! I love the napkins and placemats and love the napkin fold for the cute!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this beautiful tablescape. Those plates are wonderful-especially since they are heirlooms. The cranberry accents are perfect, and what a beautiful sugar shaker. The flatware and matching stemware are gorgeous. Obviously, I love everything on your table today. laurie

Glenda/MidSouth said... Best Blogger Tips

Have seen a lot of divided china before, but not that pretty, and wonderful that there are nice memories that go along with the plates.

Designs on 47th Street said... Best Blogger Tips

What fun! I love how you have totally transformed the look of the transferware by choosing more trendy place mats and napkins. That is the joy of tablescaping, isn't it? Love what you have done. Also love the silverware and the cranberry glass. AND what a fun way you folded those napkins.

Thanks for coming for a visit at my blog. I'll look for you again!


Cami @ Creating Myself said... Best Blogger Tips

I love every single element about this table! And what sweet sentiment it carries.

Fifi Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW... LOVE everything!

The Quintessential Magpie said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy Bug, what a special table! You did a great job with it. I've never seen plates with the divisions like those, so that has got to make them much more collectible than regular transferware.

I love how you folded your napkin... very clever!

The whole table had a great feel.


Sheila :-)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I absolutely love this tablescape. Such sweet memories. I would love to have those seperated dishes, I think I'm like your grandfather and I really hate it when all my food mixes up. Such a lovely post and all the dishes are just wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy,I love,love,love those plates.And they're seperated aren't they.Nice.I love your goblets too.You and I have the same flatware,now we're kin,ha...Ann

Peggy Montano & Paintings said... Best Blogger Tips

Very beautiful! Love the photograph of your grandfather also.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips
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Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Miss Judybug!

What a beautiful placesetting/tablescape!
I think your Pa Pat's dishes are much too nice for a diner, though. I always think of diners having melmac dishes -- yours are lovely.
I also love your Pa Pat's tie!
And I don't blame him a bit for wanting his food separated -- I used to have a reall problem with that. Took me years to get over it!

I had a great grandfather we called Pa (we pronounced it "Paw" -- Is that how you pronounced yours?)

Oh! We pronounce Natchitoches -- "Nak-i-tish". One of our favorite cities in the United States (We don't travel the world -- that's why I just say in the United States!)
Man, I ramble on....


janet said... Best Blogger Tips

love your table, beautiful dishes and glassware

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty Judy..I just love coming here and seeing all your pretty things and how you put them together..another great post...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

LaurenFaythe said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful setting! Very elegant!

Sue said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi the dishs...I have a big stack of the divided plates by Shenango but mine are boring white...but I love eating on them theymake me feel like I'm eating out at a diner....also love the Fenton pieces....and thanks for stopping in at my blog today. I didn't know Tablescape Thursday would be so much fun....Sue in Atlanta

~CC Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy Bug, I adore all these precious little touches on your tablescape! I really think the cranberry glass is so stunning with your dishes! And the napkin is so unique, I love the way you have the silver tucked in! It's all gorgeous! Hey...stop by my place on Friday to pick something up with your name attached to it! ;) ~Ciao for now~ ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

American Homemaker said... Best Blogger Tips

Your dishes are gorgeous!

Kathleen Ellis said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty! I have never seen plates divided like them! Your glasses are absolutely beautiful...I will have to be on the lookout...I'm in LOVE!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I really like those plates...when I first looked I thought they were British Castle, but then saw the dividers and the coach.
A lovely table, and a great story!

Lady Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your plates!! Your glassware is beautiful! I love the little bouquet too!

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Those are wonderful. I'm really into tableware sets. I bought lots of tableware sets from Ballard Designs and i keep continue to buy another ones.

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