I love this week's Show Us Your Life topic - collecting!
Since college, I've been collecting Blue and White Transferware dishes.
I used to have these pieces in several areas around the house. But, my mom convinced me to move everything to one place. And, I'm so glad she did!
One of the things I love about collecting Blue and White is that it's easy to find, there are so many patterns to choose from, and you don't have to break the bank to buy it.
All of the pieces I collect are English. You can tell by the mark on the back of the piece.
In fact, the mark will tell you about how old the plate is and who made it. I like 19th century pieces, so I look for ones marked "England" versus "Made in England.
One of my favorite things about my collection is that 90% of it was given to me as a gift.
We received this Blue Willow platter for a wedding present from one of my mom's good friends. This is Wedgewood from about 1870 and is probably the nicest piece I own.
This oval bowl was given to me when I graduated from college.
My mom gave me most of my pieces. She worked for years in an antique and gift store and that's where I first saw the Blue and White. The owner would bring back pieces from England for the shop and I just loved how different each pattern was from another. To me, they are really works of art!
I have several pieces of Blue Willow (pictured above) and the scene depicts a Chinese love story. Many manfacturers made Blue Willow, but one piece is always different from another.
This piece is a Flow Blue Blue Willow. You can tell because the blue is more intense and "blurry."
Here's a regular transferware Blue Willow plate. You can really see the difference!
Some people, just collect Flow Blue
Some people only collect certain patterns, like this one - "Peony" from Johnson Brothers. (This was actually part of my great-grandmother's dressing set).
Some people don't like pieces with crazing
But, I love it all!
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