Grandma and Unc gave me a set of little bitty Blue Willow dishes for my playhouse, and I still have some of those little pieces.
What they really gave me was a life-long love of collecting china. Well, I also inherited the passion from my mother Alice Sanford who also had some collections.
One of her collections, that I have enjoyed continuing, is her blue and white commemorative plates. In the 1940's and 1950's, she bought a blue and white plate of the historic places she visited. Wedgwood was a leading manufacturer of that type of plate at that time...as far as I can tell.
Staffordshire has become more prevalent in that specialized market with a very similar style of blue and white plate. Of the plates we have, the Wedgwood plates are larger than the Staffordshire plates.
From my collection of marketing memoriabilia of the Mississippi DAR-owned Rosalie Mansion in Natchez, MS, I know that Vernon Kilns also produced plates of historic places.
I've seen green versions and rosy pink versions, but the blue and white is what I crave. The Wedgwood is my preference as well.
These pictures are from the Thomas Rodney Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon earlier this month in Winona, MS. This is the chapter to which my mother and I belong.
The members graciously allow us to participate in the tablescapes for many of the annual luncheons because they know I have never outgrown the playhouse in this area.
To be honest, we could not find one plate-protector full of Mama's older Blue and White plates of historic places. I won't tell you how many places we have dishes stored around the family farmhouse...because Gordon is not ready to accept the degree of his wife's addiction in this area.
But it worked out perfectly because Jamie Middleton's beautiful pink ice tea glasses worked perfectly with the quilt-themed plates we blended with the blue and white historic site plates and Spode's Blue Room Collection #1.
I just love those pale pink ice tea glasses. If you know the name of this pattern, please let me know. I believe this is Fostoria, is it not?
Barbara McClellan's magnolia tree grows the most perfect magnolias I think I have ever seen, and that tree does this year after year.
Jamie has a definite green thumb for orchids. These were blooms Jamie has coaxed out of this orchid for a number of years.This beautiful specimen graced the registration table at the luncheon.
When I find the pictures, I will devote a whole blog post to Jamie's mother, Ruth Hemphill, who, in her lifetime, grew such beautiful roses.
I forgot to take a picture of the quilt plates for this post, so I'll come back and add that picture tomorrow. I bought just the plates in that pattern in the 1980's when I lived and worked in Alabama. They are "Patchwork" by Ralph Lauren for Wedgwood. I have nine plates, and I wish I had more.
Here is the Rosalie plate by Wedgwood. I'm trying to collect more of this particular plate. So far I have five or six of these.
The other plate I'm interested in is Beauvoir. This one is made by Staffordshire. Do you know if Wedgwood ever made a blue and white commemorative plate for Beauvoir?
Do you know if there are other sites in Mississippi for which a blue and white commemorative plate was made? I keep hoping to find other historic Mississippi depicted in blue and white in this style, with the circle of flowers around the design of the historic site.
As always, I look forward to what you will teach me in this area! Learning from you as I share through this blog has been the equivalent to a daily treat of Godiva chocolate!
(Check back to this post for more pictures tomorrow, Thursday.)