Sunday, November 22, 2020

Older Than Dirt

I've been busy giving some of the Blue Willow and Staffordshire Ware pieces a bath. 
I'm not sure why, it seems I often get the urge to spring clean in the fall. 
I think it has something to do with the changing seasons, the coolness of the Autumn air, the heady scent of spiced-mix candles magically weaving their spell.



This gathering of antique 'blues' are collectively over a half millennium in age. They are still beautiful after all their years of service, and oh, what stories they could tell !
I often find myself wondering what tales the little creamers could tell, if only they could talk.
Sitting around a Victorian ladies tea table, listening to the latest fashion news from Europe.
Or quietly displayed in the cabinet of a fine Southern Antebellum home laying in wait to be used for a special dinner, in celebration of a loved one, returning home from some foreign war.


 
Lots more to go.....

11 comments:

DJan said...

Yes, I am sure that they would have tales to tell. They are so lovely! :-)

Susie said...

Jo, Some times we sure can take on a busy job. I really need to clean all my china...But then again, it's not like I am going to be needing it. LOL. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Rian said...

Jo, I do the same when cleaning my China Cabinet... although generally it's thoughts about family members that previously owned pieces or places we've been where things were picked up (guess that would be 'my' memories more than the pieces themselves). Either way it's a pleasant way to spend time.

Beautiful china.

Yvonne said...

I feel like I'm as old as some of your lovely china. You take care of them so nicely, and they reward you with a bit of their mystery.

The Great Ethan Allen said...

I respect good China that is actually used. We had wonderful stone ware that Mom REFUSED to ever use... even during Thanksgiving or Christmas! IT sat in the cupboard unused for years. I didn't mind because no one liked doing dishes, but what a shame to have something so pretty and never use it... even for special occasions.

Bonnie said...

Would love to help you clean them. I packed away some collectible mugs because my husband with dementia would pull them off hooks rather than find his. I didn't want any broken, I can't replace them.

happyone said...

Beautiful china. Yes, what stories they could tell.

Rob said...

We were brought up using Willow Pattern. It's looks like you have a nice collection.

Edna B said...

I remember this beautiful pattern from my childhood. Your collection is so very beautiful. And I agree, oh the stories it could tell! You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

I think the urge to clean in the fall has something to do with your birth month. I'm a November baby and, although cleaning the house is not high on my list of fun things to do, I more likely get the urge in the fall.

L. D. said...

They are such beautiful dishes. I think of my older ones in the same way as to where they originated and who did use them. I don't have any old blue willow except one plate from my grandmother on my dad's side. I can still see the cabinet that it was stored in in a little house in Murray, Iowa. That house does sill stand. I always enjoy seeing your dishes.