Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blue and White

 A blogging friend of mine at Garden of Daisies recently wrote about the blue and white dishes called Liberty Blue which were given out in grocery stores in honor of our Bicentennial.   I thought I would expand on the blue and white theme to share a few pics of some of my collection.

I have been using Blue Willow for many years since I was able to get it free from the Shop and Save grocery stores up in Maine, back in the early 80s. Since then I have added to the collection at yard sales, auctions and flea markets.   It is the standard blue willow pattern  but made to last a lot longer than the blue willow you can find from Japan which is often thin and somewhat fragile.

I use that too though. If it is blue and white I probably have a piece of two of it.

It really all started when a Canadian cousin of ours, Helen, gave me an Antique blue and white plate.
 You really can't tell the difference in this picture between new and old Blue Willow but here is the mark on the plate.

 The cup and saucer in the picture are from Japan in the Occupied era.  So that puts it in the late 40s.  I like the way it has the design in the cup too.  Newer ones do not.


 I decided right then and there I would start looking for blue and white dishes to display in a new (actually very old antique) cupboard we had purchases. (The cabinet was purchased in a group shop in Michigan on a trip to the Midwest.) At first I didn't have much luck but then the grocery store started giving these dishes out and I was set.

Because I own an antique shop and must constantly be on the lookout for inventory I am now able to find a lot more than I did back then (before shop).  Because all the plates and cup and saucers look pretty much the same I won't show them but here are a few other things I have.


And I won't bore you with the Blue Willow legend behind the designs... there are plenty of places on the Internet to learn about that.

I think that the clean crisp look of Blue and White is probably what appeals to folks and I have found that food looks pretty appetizing on the plates though some might not agree.

As I mentioned Liberty Blue was given out in grocery stores at the time of our Bicentennial.
 Here is an example.




And then Blue Willow in the 80s.  Another set of dishes was also given out in the area I live in now,(in Pennsylvania)and it was called Shakespeare Country.  I have been able to find a LOT of that to sell in my shop since it was given out in this area.  It probably was in other areas as well but I can't say for sure.
    





In addition I know there is another set of dishes called Shakespeare country manufactured by a favorite maker of mine...  Homer Laughlin (who made Fiesta among MANY other patterns.) I don't particularly care for this version of Shakespeare Country and unfortunately  I don't have any examples of it at the moment.  The other one... by Royal Essex is so much prettier to my eyes.

Blue and White china seems to be the most prolific of this type of china.  However the transfer ware is also done in  green, brown, red and even a few in black.  And of course they very pretty purple I showed you last week.  And there are a number of the brown and white versions that have some added color as well such as the Friendly Village pattern.   I will save that for another day.
 
I hope you enjoyed this very brief looks at my blue and white china.

After you visit my post today be sure to check out  these other tea posts today.


                                                                                    ALSO: Rose Chintz Cottage

7 comments:

Beth said...

Hi Beth, I loved your post! I have seen the Shakespere on the blogs - it is really neat. I also have Liberty Blue and I have Blue Bonnet and Currier and Ives which are also blue and white. I too am a dishaholic! There is a blogger (Martha from Lines from Linderhof) who always talks about her beloved blue and white. If you haven't visited Martha, you should. You would enjoy her china and her consummate hospitality. Again, I truly enjoyed this post. Great job!
Hugs, Beth

Beth said...

Hi Beth, I loved your post! I have seen the Shakespere on the blogs - it is really neat. I also have Liberty Blue and I have Blue Bonnet and Currier and Ives which are also blue and white. I too am a dishaholic! There is a blogger (Martha from Lines from Linderhof) who always talks about her beloved blue and white. If you haven't visited Martha, you should. You would enjoy her china and her consummate hospitality. Again, I truly enjoyed this post. Great job!
Hugs, Beth
p.s. Stop by my post to see my Delft - it is also blue and white.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Beth,
I love your blue and white china and it is very appealing to the eye. I don't have many pieces of it myself but rather collect the red/pink/white. Would love to visit your shop! Thanks for joining me for tea today and enjoy your week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Snap said...

I love blue and white ... it has such a clean and calming effect on me. Blue Willow is one of my favorite patterns. Liberty Blue is lovely, too. Happy Tea Day!

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Beth,
Thanks for sharing all this wonderful blue and white china!
English blue and white transferware is one of my favourites, too, specially older items...
Blue Willow was used in Portugal too, in factories that imported the prints from England, about 100 years ago.
It was very nice to be here.
Hugs

GardenofDaisies said...

These blue and white patterns are all so pretty! So many lovely pieces used as promotion-ware! (I think that's how lots of women got their depression glass years ago, too.) I bet they all look beautiful in the cabinet together!!

KathyB. said...

I love Liberty Blue dishes and have loved blue & white china and dishes for as long as I can remember.I once posted on my Blue Willow and came to the same conclusion as you, I did not need to write about the history and legends surrounding it as there are so many websites that cover the topic thoroughly.

I have noticed the antique and thrift shops around here ( Washington) are usually stocked with enough of both patterns you mentioned at reasonable prices so if I feel the need to add more blue & white to my table I can.That is a wonderful thing for me to know, because it seems I can always use blue & white on my table.