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21 October 2012

Gwynneth, Ironstone, and Bakelite

I love china; I always have.  And, I have way too much of it!  Not necessarily whole sets, but pieces of this and that.  And not nearly as much as some fabulous bloggers have--I have major storage issues!  Somehow, I've managed to find places (read:  nooks and crannies) for them all (so far)!

I came across this Crown Ducal pattern some time ago, but have very, very few pieces.  It's Gwynneth, and I think I was attracted to it because of the coloration, which, I think, is great for fall.  And I love the little touch of blue!

It's displayed here in our Wisconsin home in one of those great cheese boxes I found last year for sale on the side of the road (none, sadly, this year).  It shares space with a whole bunch of other stuff, including the vintage linens that do a great job of picking up the colors.

Another obsession interest is vintage bakelite and ironstone.  This Red Cliff pitcher holds bakelite knives and forks.  And those osage oranges/hedge apples smell soooo good!  I hope they last for a while.

This little creamer I found when we stumbled onto a flea market that was packing up; it's so sweet, and holds vintage butter knives.

It also has an embossed design on the side, which I think is so sweet on this little piece.

Another piece is this cute little tureen with lid and ladle, not old, but holds my cough drops!

Also in the cheese box is this collection of eight ironstone plates.  You can't see very well, but there is a nice beading along the edge.

Then, there's a chamber pot (!)...

 the duck tureen from this post (holding my breakfast bars)...

.. and the pitcher and basin from this post.

And, my latest find, a sweet covered serving dish that I found for a steal!  It's coming south to Louisiana next week!

It's fun to collect these pieces and I'm always on the lookout for more!

Thanks for visiting and allowing me to share with you and at some of these fabulous gatherings:

Inspire Me Monday ~ Create With Joy
Masterpiece Monday ~ Boogieboard Cottage
Mop It Up Monday ~ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party ~ Debbiedoo's
Mosaic Monday ~ The Little Red House
Show Me What You Got ~ Our Delightful Home
Metamorphosis Monday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
A Return to Lovliness ~A Delightsome Life

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  Coastal Charm 
Time to Shine ~ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Table Top Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life 
One Project at a Time ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Tuesday's Treasures ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show Me What Ya Got ~ Not JUST a Housewife
Be Inspired ~ Elizabeth & Co.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Create With Joy
What's It Wednesday ~ Ivy and Elephants
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday ~ Primp
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style 
Show & Share ~ Southern Lovely

Home Sweet Home ~ The Charm of Home
Home and Garden Thursday ~ A Delightsome Life
Tips and Tutorials ~ Stone Gable
Let's Dish ~ Cuisine Kathleen

Potpourri Friday ~ 2805
Vintage Inspiration ~ Common Ground

It's Fall, Y'all~ Thrifty Decor Chick

Furniture Feature Friday ~ Miss Mustard Seed

Saturday Nite Special ~ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Hahahaha!! I too have an obsession, no, a problem, I mean a healthy appreciation for dishes and all things related to it!!!At first I only bought (* almost) whole sets and finished them off at antique stores etc. Now I just buy! :-)
    Your collection is beautiful..
    Today I am thinking of maybe looking for some myself :-o Don;t tell the Mr.

    Cheers, Gee

  2. Nancy, I, too, have the same obsession!!! I have a couple of complete sets but to tell the truth I don't use them. When I do come across the whole sets priced individually, I don't buy all of them because I just don't use them! I would love to collect more ironstone but don't really come across to much of it! Blessings,

  3. The wee pitchers are darling. I also have great affection for china, ironstone, and recently brown transferware has caught my attention. I hope it passes.

  4. Oh My! When I saw the edge of that plate in the first picture, it was love at first sight. That is a gorgeous pattern. Your cheese box is filled with such lovely treasures, and it's wonderful that you've found a use for each of them. Your mosaic at the end is so pretty. laurie

  5. You have an amazing collection! I love the gorgeous plate in the first picture. So beautiful. Visiting from Debbiedoo's. :)

  6. I am in love with Gwynneth - she is so pretty and I do not usually like frilly china. Very clever the way you arranged the cheese box display. You will be relieved to know I am coming from the latest Blogger list where your post came up right on time!

  7. Such pretty dishes - I love the soup tureens!

  8. Your treasures are delightful. Valerie.

  9. The Gwyneth pattern is absolutely beautiful! I have never seen the patter before. I too am obsessed with china. I think it is a good obsession! I also love the white milk glass pitcher...collect that too!

  10. I am like you and LOVE white dishes. These finds are so sweet. The little creamer with the spoons is just darling. You cant go wrong with white dishes for a tablescape or to mix with pretty floral pieces or for wall art! You name it, and it works!

    Found you through Debbiedoos!

  11. All of your treasures are fabulous. Love those dishes with the beautiful flowers and of course anything white is wonderful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. yea for you!! your china is just beautiful! what treasures!

  13. Wow, your china is stunning! You have very beautiful treasures:) Thank you for sharing - hopping over from Home And Garden. Have a lovely day!


  14. OMG your floral china is drop dead gorgeous! I came over from the Delightful Life blog. I am your newest follower!

  15. I love the floral china! Love your pitcher and basin and the duck tureen/covered casserole too. I too love thrifting for china!

  16. That Gwyneth is such a pretty pattern! I can imagine it's very special to you. One thing nice about collecting an unusual pattern like this is you can make it a task for many years! Great reason to go to sales!!

  17. The Gwynneth pattern is beautiful! Hope you will find many more pieces to add to your collection, Nancy.

  18. Totally beautiful post! The collection of china is so beautiful with so many speciall pieces. My favorite is the Crown Ducal pattern with the embossing and the blue trim. Hope you have a safe trip to Louisiana. We just spent several days antiquing in Shreveport and along the way to Monroe. I stopped at each town and found so many beautiful pieces and my husband and I had a fun time. I made my last stop on the way back at the Libby glass factory outlet in Shreveport and found many great finds. By the way, have you visited the Glenwood tearoom in Shrevepost with the delicious scones?

  19. Hi Nancy, I just jumped over from "cozy house" I love your collections, I also love china, I too have too much but it is so much fun looking for more!

  20. Your blog is wonderful! I'm visiting from Brenda's! I love your sense of style and the way you display everything!

    Have a great day rock star!

  21. You have a beautiful collection of ironstone and dish ware. I love the first plates with the embossing on them. Have a great weekend! Blessings, Pamela

  22. Nancy...Hello!
    Nice to find the Head Mistress...and her BLOG.
    Loved looking through here...
    I'm your newest fan...
    Have the best Fall weekend .
    xo, Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  23. I too, have an obsession for dishes! I blame it in my Mother. She had the most fantastic collection and started us girls out with our own set of Depression glass. Your collection is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    I came from Cozy Little House


  24. Oh, I can certainly relate to you, girl friend. I also adore dishes, (obsession, it's better)and you have done sooo well..Loving your collection of ironstone and of course, the dishes are gorgeous, I can't seem to have enough, I keep buying them and the other day I had to stop myself from buying MORE C'mas china!! Have a blessed Sunday.

  25. That Gwynneth pattern is GORGEOUS -- I love the texture of it! Love the ironstone too -- that sweet little tureen is a precious place to store your cough drops!! Loved my visit today!

  26. I share your addiction, Nancy. And I constantly wonder WHERE I'm going to put my new finds! I've slowed up a bit recently but I truly love china and pottery and bakelite anything. I love the Gwynneth pattern - so lovely. Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  27. I am absolutely loving your collection. I completely understand the need for good storage. We just have to be creative! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  28. Each of those pieces is so lovely, Nancy. I'm like you, I cannot pass up odd dishes when I see them, and I love putting them to use in special ways. A beautiful assortment of lovely treasures!


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