Today we’re headed into my küchen schrank to take a peek at some china. I’ve bought lots of fun things from all over the place, but today I’m highlighting some pieces that I have inherited. These are closest to my heart!
Now, I promise I’ll get to the show n’ tell of these precious pieces, but first here’s some background on why they are so dear to me. My grandmother was an avid collector of china – I also inherited her shoe addiction and travel bug! From what I remember, she had at least 6 major china collections. Unfortunately I was away at college when she passed away and there was a massive estate sale that took place, without me knowing. My grandmother had always promised me that her things were my things, as I was the sole granddaughter, so I was pretty devastated. I did find out later that the family did keep some of her things, including one of her sets of china. I was told that the china would be mine after I married.
Get married = get china? Too easy!
Well…years passed and I was not married. I would longingly stare at her china during family holiday get-togethers. I did finally marry at age 36, but at that time, her china was living with family, out of the country. This past year my father sold his home in Canada and brought back all of the belongings from the house there. Guess what was on the truck? MY china! So, 22 years after my sweet grandmother passed away, I was finally going to receive what she had always promised me.
The day that the truck arrived, I was both nervous and excited. As each box was handed to me, the grin on my face grew bigger and bigger. I brought all the boxes home and dove into them. To my surprise, there was not just one china pattern packed away, but three! Three! I guess the saying, “good things come to those who wait” could apply here. I treasure these Dreamy sets so very much because of who they belonged to, and also for their vintage beauty. Ok, I can’t wait any longer…let’s get on with the photos!
This is the set that I was expecting. It’s Wedgewood’s Columbia pattern.
We always referred to this as the Christmas China, because that’s when it sat before us every year.
The next set was a nice surprise. English Staffordshire’s Biarritz pattern.
These are extremely fragile, so I don’t use them very often at all.
This is what we refer to as The Adams China.
This is the china that our family had commissioned back in the 1700’s. Is that cool, or what?
You can see that there are lots of boo-boos, but I’m sure I would look wayyyyy more tattered than this if I was born in the 1700’s…
So if you stayed with me through this entire blog, you are a trooper! Photos are fun to look at, but I had to tell the history of these, to convey why these hit my list for All Things Dreamy. Now it's my turn to see what Dreamy things you all have written about this week...
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