Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Grandma's china

When I was putting the dining room back together I decided that I was going to be very selective of what went back in. We moved the hutch cabinet back in and I sorted through the boxes of stuff that I emptied out of it. I have a very old set of dishes that my mother passed down to me with all the junk I had stuffed in the hutch you really couldn't see them. Now all the junk is gone. I put the dishes back in with a few selected wine glasses and a small bud vase and nothing else.

My mother gave me these probably almost 30 years ago (darn I feel old now) and at the time she said that they were over 100 years old. She didn't know exactly. I don't know how many generations they have gone through but I do know that they had belonged to my great grandmother, grandmother and mother before me. Eventually there will come a day when I am ready to let go of them and pass them on to Amanda. But for now they look so pretty sitting in their newly cleaned home.


Sandee said...

They are pretty indeed. I've got my mothers dishes and at some point I'll hand then down too. It's a wonderful thing.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Julie Harward said...

What a real treasure you have Ann, on many levels! These dishes are really beautiful and now they look perfect there! ;D

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

That is a lot of things I like all together- blue, leaded glass doors, old china- very, very nice!

BeadedTail said...

Those are very pretty! My grandma always had china tea cups but I don't have any of it but I sure wish I did and I think of her every time I see a set.

jeanlivingsimple said...

My grandmother had china like yours. I didn't get the set but always thought they were lovely. You are lucky to have them and I like the way you are giving them a place of honor!

gayle said...

I love how you have arranged your china cabnit. I have my moms and my grandma's china in mine.

Miawa said...

Absolutely beautiful and what a special thing to hold on to. I have my grandmothers cookie jar and it amazes me each time I take it out and look at it. It's much older than I am (60). She fed her own children treats from that same old jar. I know how warm and special those dishes feel to you. Enjoy Annie and Amanda will enjoy one day too.

tahtimbo said...

Those are very nice!!!! It is great that you have a place to display them. I just love the color and the design.

Lin said...

Ooooh, I love the blue and white! I have a blue and white quilt that I just adore--because of the simplicity of colors. It's nice how you have them displayed and treasure them so. :)

Anonymous said...

That hutch is gorgeous! Me want! At one time I had the idea to collect all different plates and such from thrift shops and use them instead of the matched dinner wear most of us have. I like plates like you have - of course you probably don't use yours. Does the Antique Road Show ever come your way?

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

They sure do look beautiful on your china cabinet!

Ginny Hartzler said...

The hutch is beautiful! I have a few old dishes that look very much like this from my family, probably just as old. But only a few bowls and maybe a plate. My mom always wanted to take them to Antiques Road Show and get them appraised.

Jackie said...

The hutch is beautiful and the china is truly a treasure. I love old china and have quite a bit of my mother's too.

I love the colors and you did a wonderful job on arranging! My you have been one very busy person!

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!:-)

booahboo said...

This is a most lovely set... and would cost a bomb if its available at some antique shop.

I do love the plates that i used before as a child. My mom kept a lot of them in the cupboards. It always makes the food taste nicer when we are eating from them. My love to Duke :)

Unknown said...

Okay, I was just mouthing off about the only dishes that catch my attention are ones with fool on them. For those dishes would catch my attention, as well as your exquisite hutch. (I hope Duke is not too disappointed in me.)

Duni said...

I think a selection of pretty dishes is always nice to look at. Yours certainly are!

Catherine said...

So beautiful Ann! It would be wonderful to hear some of the stories these dishes have! :)
xo Catherine

I couldn't get the video of Duke to work below - I will come back later and try!

allotments4you said...

I have a tea service that was passed down to me from my auntie...I'm sure it isn't this old but i am just as proud of it. Unfortunately I have no daughters to pass it down too but maybe a daughter-in-law or grand-daughter some day!!

Out on the prairie said...

You can look up the pattern and maker online to find out more. It is fun to see what you have.I had a set someone had given me and was shocked to see what I was using as everyday use was worth.I gave it to a friend who still uses it everyday.

Christie Cottage said...

Beautiful china. The coffee cup is exquisite. I love the shape!

Have a wonderful day!


Bossy Betty said...

So pretty!!! You are inspiring me!

Erika said...

Very pretty! I try to give my china away and my mom thinks I am nuts. I would much rather have hers (which belonged to her aunt) than what I have.

Russ said...

Great set of dishes Ann. I also love the China Cabinet. I had a set of matching glass lamps that I handed down to my daughter.
It is nice when you can do a hand me down of some sort. Keep it in the family.We also have a porcelain table that was handed down from my wife's great grandmother.

MadSnapper said...

they are for sure a treasure and beautiful shining like jewels from their lovely home.

Tammy said...

What a treasure! They are really beautiful I love the blue. I love old hand me downs. I'm sure your daughter will love them too when it is her time to get them.

livintheblues said...

Oh boy that stuff makes me nervous when my Mom brought that stuff out I was scared to death I would break it..good china is not for a klutz like me...:)

Ann said...

Sandee they are very nice and sometimes I'm afraid to even touch them to move

julie yes I agree. and they do look so much better now that I took all the junk out of there

sharkbytes same here,

beaded tail I only wish I knew more of their history

Jean too bad you didn't get them. I guess I only lucked out because I was the oldest daughter :)

gayle thanks, it didn't look so good before though

miawa thanks,I believe that these are my most prized possession. Every once in a while I'll take one out and they just feel so delicate, I'm afraid I'll break one

tahtimbo they are nice and I've always liked the look of the blue and white together

Lin blue and white is a great combination.

Grace It is rather a nice hutch, probably one of the nicest pieces in my house. I don't know about the antique roadshow but I've thought about having them appraised

LDH I think they do too

Ginny Surprisingly this is a whole set at least as far as I know. There are 6 plates, cups and saucers

The painted veil it is a treasure. I love looking at them. You should have seen the way they were in there before, didn't look so

anny thanks, I can't imagine how much you would have to pay for these today.

Fishhawk Duke will get over it. If I was thinking I would have put some food on the plate

Duni I enjoy seeing them there and even more so now that I've cleaned out all the junk

catherine I wish I knew some of the stories that go along with the dishes. But all I know is that they had belonged to my great grandmother

allotments4you I can imagine. It's always nice to have something that has worked it's way down from one generation to another.

outontheprairie I started to do that at one time and for some reason gave up. I've never used these I would be afraid I would end up breaking them

christie cottage they are beautiful, even more so because I know where they came from. I love each little crack that shows in the glass

bossy betty thanks, glad I could be inspiring

erika other than these I don't have any good china, just every day plates in my

russ hand me downs are real treasures, I love them :)

sandra they would probably shine even better if I would have cleaned them up a bit before I put them back in the

b boys mom I sure hope she enjoys them as much as I have.

earthtoholly said...

Those are beautiful, ann. Are those called Blue Willow? My mother has a very good friend whom I keep in touch with at the holidays, and I remember seeing dishes similar to these in her china cabinet...45 years ago! I assume she still has them and remember her calling them Blue Willow.

I love old dishes...I have a lot of my mom's pink depression glass that she's collected over the years.

Ann said...

earth to holly. thanks, I'm not sure what they are called. I know that they are considered flow blue china (not sure of the spelling there) but that's about all I know. I have a sister in law who really likes the pink depression glass. it is quite lovely

Carole Barkett said...

they make a wonderful display :O)

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