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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Amber Depression Glass

Just recently, with fall on my mind, I have been gathering various amber glass dishwares. They are both new designs and depression glass. Here are two vintage patterns:

First, six Rosemary Dutch Rose 9 ½ in. diameter luncheon plates found at the local consignment shop.
They have embossed rose motifs around the rims and in the center.

This yellow/amber depression glass was made by Federal Glass Company from 1935-1937. The plates are quite sturdy and my mother and I have enjoyed eating off these lovely vintage dishes.

Also from the consignment shop is an 11-inch diameter plate in "Patrician Spoke" from Federal Glass Company. The pleasing light color is referred to as amber, yellow or golden.
Its gently scalloped edge is very attractive. This pattern was made from 1933-1937.
You can see where the name "Spoke" comes from – the spokes radiating from the center,
surrounded by a second row of spokes:

Aren’t depression glass dishes so pretty with their lacy patterns?

I wanted to use the Dutch Rose plates in a tablescape for today and started to gather the items needed. However, the past few days were focussed on getting things ready to take for consignment today. Here is a peek at the place setting as it is now:

There is a pale yellow tablecloth, golden flatware, gilt napkin rings, and an amber depression glass.

A modern amber glass might be substituted; however, since the table is on the formal side I think goblets will be better.
The setting is even more golden when the plate is set in gold chargers

Well it’s pretty late now, so I plan to have the tablesetting all done for next week’s Tablescape Thursday.

I am happy that you visited today, and hope you will come by again soon. Your comments rare most welcome.

See more Vintage Thingies Thursday posts listed by Suzanne at Coloradolady. Visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more Tablescape Thursday posts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Three or More Tuesday – I Love Berry Bowls!

Three or More Tuesday is sponsored by Tam at The Gypsy's Corner. Please visit her for more participating posts.

I remember using two small berry bowls my Mother had when I was growing up. They were white china with pink roses and were rimmed in gold. They were handy to use for a small snack of fruit, a scoop of ice cream, etc.
Berry bowls are also called dessert or fruit bowls. They usually measure from about 4 ½ to 5 ½ inches in diameter, and stand about 1 to 1 ½ inches high.

During the years that I’ve been accumulating various dish sets, I always try to get at least two to four or more berry bowls when they are available. They are not part of the usual 5-piece individual place setting. Here is a photo of the ones I have now:

My first set was for my formal dinner service in Spode "Consul Cobalt." I bought four berry bowls and always admire how exquisite they look:

The blue and white Staffordshire transferware, "Liberty Blue" has Betsy Ross as the subject of the berry bowls:

One of my parents wedding gifts included a set of these ruby red depression glass bowls and the matching larger serving bowl. They were the ice cream bowls we used during my childhood. I now have ten of them and use them to serve ice cream at family gatherings:

I also have a dozen Avon "Cape Cod" berry bowls, which are a Sandwich glass pattern. With the same ruby color, they coordinate very well with the depression glass ones.
These Johnson Bros. "Heritage White" have a lovely octagonal shape:

The vintage white pattern, “American Traditional” by Canonsburg was made in the town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. I find my plates and bowls in this pattern to be very versatile as I combine it with other dishes.

"Dreselda" is a colorful vintage china pattern by Noritake, made in Japan:

These Korean-made berry bowls are in a Blue Onion style pattern. They have lovely scalloped rims:

These little bowls can be used to hold berries, fruit, sauces, condiments, nuts, candies, and other food choices. I really find them handy, their small size makes them very attractive examples of their respective dishware pattern.
Do you have a favorite type of dish that you collect and enjoy using?

This post is also for Second Time Around Tuesday.

The following berry bowls are thrift store finds:
Two Johnson Bros. “Heritage White” berry bowls and bread and butter plate.
Three Blue Onion bowls Made in Korea.
These were vintage Ebay finds:
Two Noritake “Dreselda”
Four Canonsburg “American Traditional”
These were from an antique store:
Ten ruby red depression glass.

Diane hosts "Second Time Around" at A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words. See more participants at her blog.

Thank you for visiting today, do come again soon.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday and Blue Monday – Color On the Walls!

Metamorphosis Monday, is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Go there for a listing of more transformations.

Blue Monday is sponsored by our gracious Sally at Smiling Sally. Check her blog for a list of other participating posts.

All along, since moving in to my house in 1992, I have always had walls that are painted in off-white. My April 29, 2009 post, "Eclectic Wall Grouping" showed one wall in my center hallway. Here is a photo of how they looked on the off-white walls.

In July I had the dining room, hall, and adjoining wall in the living painted in Benjamin Moore "Quiet Moments," which is a very soft blue. With the new color paint on the wall the artwork now seems to pop:

The blue drapes in the dining room looks great with the new paint color.
The soft color also enhances the wall art and the dark mahogany furniture.

I am also linking to Cielo’s "Show Off Your Cottage Monday." Visit her to enjoy more lovely homes.

Next week I will continue to describe how new paint -- green in the living room and stairway, and soft yellows in the bedroom and bath – have transformed my living spaces.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday – White Ribbed China Patterns

As someone who loves dishes and enjoys doing research on various patterns, I’ve noted that certain patterns become classics and have been copied or modified by many different china manufacturers and in many different countries. I’d like to discuss one such case, dishes with a ribbed pattern.

My vintage subject for today are items similar to the Wedgwood "Edme" pattern, Made in England.

I got started collecting these when I found several pieces at a thrift shop -- 3 Dinner Plates, 1 Cream Soup Bowl and underplate, and 4 Bread and Butter Plates. I wrote about finding the cream soups here. Below is a photo showing a place setting where I used these Edme items:

This Wedgwood pattern is Queensware and is truly an elegant embossed ribbed design
The creamy porcelain has a starburst ridge pattern on plates. Cups have vertical ridges and a pedestal foot. The saucers have a starburst ridge pattern.The Edme pattern was made from 1908 until about 1997. The dinner plate for my new breakfast setting shown in today’s Tablescape Thursday.

Searching online, I’ve spotted several similar patterns with the ribbed design. The first is Mikasa "Italian Countryside" Made in Japan.

Gibson China "Claremont" Made in China, which was recently available at Big Lots in a complete set fserving 4 at a very attractive price. This set of dinner plates, cups, bowls, salad plates, saucers, napkin rings, etc. has been shown in tablescapes all around blogland.
Here are photos from Ebay listings:

The Claremont pattern is all white with embossed scrolls and columns. It was produced from 2002-2006 and is now discontinued.

Another vintage pattern is Meakin "Leeds" Made in England
"Backstamp: Traditional Ironstone - Leeds Shape - (Picture of the CROWN) - Reproduced from the original Leeds Pottery of 1760 in Timeless Elegance for Dinnerware Connoissuers by English Craftsmen - Alfred Meakin Staffordshire England."

The J & G Meakin "Classic White pattern" has a ribbed rim that is distinctly scalloped

Another English maker, Johnson Brothers, produced an ironstone pattern called "Athena." It was made in England from 1955-1999.

The Danish firm Dansk, also produced a ribbed pattern made in Japan. I do not know the pattern name.

American china maker, Shenango has a ribbed pattern called "New Castle" Made in USA
This Lenox ribbed pattern,"Temple Off-White" was Made in USA.
Another American manufacturer, Libbey, but Made in China, has a new ribbed pattern

Finally, we ends our review with a vintage ribbed pattern by McCoy:

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my VTT topic for this week. Leave a comment, please.
See more Vintage Thingies Thursday posts listed by Suzanne at Coloradolady.