Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Great Grandma's Dishes

I have had a horrid back problem lately. It does not ache it just hurts to move. I don't know what I did to it, but ever since I fell on my tailbone a few years ago I get this every so often. It came on after Steve and I were in the car driving to and fro on his vacation.

Yesterday I worked in the yard fertilizing my plants and trees. I had already done some but needed to them all. Then afterwards I came into the house and cleaned all the shades in the greatroom every slat, the windows and windowsills. I had let my shades get to much dirt and dust on them. Yuck!

This is a share of some Vintage Family Heirlooms. I have a lot. I feel very very blessed to be given so many family heirlooms from both my paternal and maternal sides.  

Many years ago my mom gave to me her grandmother's dishes. Which would be my great grandmother. Her mother (Amanda Beck) from England brought them to America after her visit with her family and gifted them to her daughter Della Mae Southard. I am guessing they are about 100 years old at least.

They are the Normandy from Johnson Brothers England.

 These are tiny little plates, they are so cute..... they are good for sauces or your tea bag. The tiny kitty on the top was purchased for me by my daughter Kirsten when we were in Solvang many years ago. Solvang is an adorable Danish Town in CA. She thought the kitty would match the dishes and she was right he was a good fit.

This is my mother's family, her grandmother Della Mae Southard and her grandfather Perry Benson Sparks. The little girl is my grandmother Rose Hazel Sparks.
In this photo if you see my great grandmother's eye is kind of funny looking because as a child she was shot in the eye by an Indian while they were in Indiana. After leaving Indiana as a child she grew up mostly in Ohio where my grandmother and mother were born.    

I love these two platters.
One platter on Ebay is going for $239.00
Here is a stack of the dishes we've never eaten from them they just sit in my kitchen curio cabinet.
Normandy from Johnson Brothers England.
Big Bowl
Sugar and Creamer

I do not own the full set, it was split between my mother and her sister, so my aunt Shirley who passed away in 2000 leaving my mom the only living sibling had the rest of the set and she gave it to her two daughters but I do not know if they have any of the pieces to this set, I am afraid to ask them. I guess I don't really want to know what happened to to teapot I love teapots. 

Here is my curio cabinet, the house across the street looks so very close. 

Close up, you can see I have other collections, which I started on my own. I will talk about those another time.

Do you like earrings? check out my earrings...I have made a bunch of Red, Clear and Blue and Red White and Blue Earrings. Also some cute star earrings.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  1. Hi Kat! It's nice to have family heirlooms. My mom had blue china from Johnson Bros. I found out that George (Jeff's dad) has a big box of shells from his mother's collection and they said I could pick some from the box for my dining room table centerpiece. That made me happy to know I could add some special shells that Mayma collected! They lived in Morro Bay for many years but traveled a lot so the shells are from many areas. (((Hugz)))

  2. Hi Kat,
    I hope your back is feeling better. Those are such lovely heirlooms. I like the colors. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Hi Kat!
    First of all, take care of your back. Ice in 20 min on and 20 min off can help.
    These beautiful family heirlooms are just wonderful! You have taken such good care of them. They look so pretty in your curio cabinet. Your dining area is also charming. I think it is really wonderful that you shared these with the family picture and stories. That is what makes your dishes so special, besides the fact that they are beautiful antiques! The blue leaves with the gold veins painted is really pretty! You are right, the kitty is perfect with them!


Have a wonderful day! ~Kat