Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vintage thingy Thursday - Jan. 14



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I bought this platter (about 15 inches across) at an antique mall and I'll admit I immediately lunged for it because of the power of memory.


My grandmother - my mom's mom, had this set. Well, I assume she had the whole set. By the time the first grandchild (me) came along, she may have had 5 or 6 more or less complete place settings and some serving dishes. The rest had suffered and been broken in a house with 5 children. Turkey at special dinners were always served on a platter just like this, and I was able to use one of the few remaining dinner plates. Not many plates survived the ensuing 10 grandchildren.


Grandma passed away in 1990 but I remember her with love today. She moved from the big house with 3 bedrooms, to a large apartment, then a small apartment, then to a tiny apartment in senior assisted living. I don't know what became of what was left of her china and serving platter. But this one is here to remind me.


It was made by Edwin M. Knowles China Co., and made in the USA. Apparently that really is '22 karat [sic] gold' around the edge.
Grandma, I miss you.


viridian

23 comments:

~~Carol~~ said...

What a wonderful reminder of your Grandma! It's a really lovely pattern, and so cool that you were able to find a piece. If you ever want more, I'll bet there's lots of it on Ebay!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Postcardy said...

It's nice that you found a plate like your Grandmother's.

KK said...

That is so cool to have found that piece. It is beautiful with the gold edging.

LV said...

You were lucky to find something so special to your loved one as well as you. That is a very pretty platter.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very sweet reminder of your Grandmother. It is always nice to remember those special things that belonged to the ones we loved.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a lovely plate and a beautiful tribute to your grandmother :)

CC said...

That's such a loving tribute to your love for your grandmother. I'm happy you have this to hold close and remember. These are heart hug things we find..we touch and the flood of memories comes back. I love collecting.. Happy VTT..have a great weekend.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

Such a beautiful way to remember your grandmother.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

Such a beautiful way to remember your grandmother.

Maureen said...

I love such sweet and gentle reminders of childhood.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Thats wonderful! Seems alot of people have reminders today! And that is the best kind of vintage I think!


happy vtt!

Elizabeth said...

It's great to have a reminder of someone special. My sister has a platter from our grandma's set, too. I don't think she'd use the set if she had it, but having a platter is just perfect.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Such a lovely platter and post! The reminders of our Grandmothers and Mothers are such treasures and spark memories of special times. My Mom still has a few plates with the the gold lace edging...it's nearly faded away with so many washings. I'm going to have to rescue it soon! This is my First VTT and I've enjoyed visiting all the wonderful collectors and collections here. I hope you'll have time to stop by and see my Head Vases.

vintage-thingie-thursday said...

My grandmother's kitchen had jewel tea dishes. So now I am a nut about collecting them! Funny how grandmother memories have this effect on us.

Miri said...

A lovely platter and a wonderful way to pay tribute to your memories of your grandmother!

RainGardener said...

That's a very nice platter and how lucky you were to find just the one that your Grandmother had. Finding a special treasure like that is always so much fun.

Vonlipi said...

beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing :)

Coloradolady said...

This is a beauty.....I have one I think that is similar....but it is so special because it reminds you of your grandma and one like it! Happy VTT!

Charlene said...

I saw some dishese this past weekend that were just like the everyday dishes one of my grandmothers had--these things do bring back such memories--so glad you were able to get this--it's beautiful.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Maybe it really was grandma's just waiting there for you to find it? Wouldn't that be fun? It's possible, right?

Lovely platter and even lovelier memories.

Deborah said...

I love this pattern. I have a few pieces myself. In fact I know a shop right now where I just saw some of this. Unfortunately I have no space for more plus when I bought my pieces they were dirt cheap and I am frugal (never cheap:)). Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello. It is so nice to meet you.

GardenofDaisies said...

Gorgeous platter! Yes, we always seem to pick the things we remember from our parents and our grandparents homes. I think emotional ties to family are even stronger than visual beauty when it comes to choosing what to purchase. I have some things that are probably kinda ugly to other people, but I love them because they were my Grandmothers.

Karen said...

Beautiful plate!

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