I love pretty tablescapes, so over the last few months I have added some new tools in the form of vintage plates to my tool box.
I have all these new toys to play with, now I need some creative ideas. Take a look and let me know the tablescapes you see me creating with these new tools. I need some help!
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Vintage Plates – Royal Cauldon Flower Series
Early in spring on a trip to the mountains I found a beautiful set of eight luncheon plates, each with a different pattern.
The back stamp on the plate shows this:
These are vividly colored and boldly drawn patterns and they just called my name. I passed them by twice as I wandered in the antique store, but the third time I succumbed to their charms. Replacements, LTD. shows the name is Flower Series by Royal Cauldon. In looking at their website it appears there are actually 12 different designs, of which I have eight. I have to tell you, I paid for eight plates the same price that Replacements wants for two and mine are in mint condition. I can’t decide if I will pursue the remaining four patterns.
In researching the pattern I found that the back stamp on my plates was used c. 1920-30 according to The Potteries, an index of Stoke-on-Trent potteries.
Every time I look at them I am struck with the beauty of the art. I see them being used in a garden table setting. Obviously! What do you think?
Vintage Plates – Unknown Pattern
A few days ago I was in a local antique store and found these beautiful plates. Usually plates of this style do not appeal to me, but the colors are gorgeous. They were priced very reasonably for a set of six, but only five could be found so I got a great price on the five. I will probably only use four at a time, if at all.
I am afraid these may have been made as decorative plates only. Unless I can find more information about them I will not use them to acutally eat from, but I still think they deserve a beautiful tablescape just for display. What do you think?
This is the back stamp which has not helped me identify them.
Each plate has butterflies on the rim and a couple of them have butterflies in the center. There are four different designs and one repeat. The coral/orange is what first attracted me. All the colors are vibrant.
I found several very similar plates on Ebay. Some were marked not for food use and others were made to be used at the table. I’m going to err on the side of caution and just use them decoratively.
What Do You Think?
I need some help with these plates. Leave your comments below with some styling tips for me: centerpieces, linens, colors, anything you create. I’ll see what I can do with your ideas.
The second part of this story will come next week when I will talk about current china patterns that are new to my toolbox.
I am linking this post with Tablescape Thursday, Over the Moon, Celebrate Your Story!, , Thursday Favorite Things, Inspire Me Tuesday, The Scoop, Feathered Nest Friday, and Sundays at Home where you will find some beautiful table settings and other good blog posts.
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