Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Monday, November 23, 2015
A few of my green and white dishes
Today for No Place Like Home, I thought I would share some of my green and
white dishes. I have several different partial sets of dishes in this
color scheme. I guess green and white dishes are on my mind because I will very often use my varied green and white dinner plates at Thanksgiving. They would be pretty for Christmas too!
When I was growing up, the family summer cottage kitchen was furnished
with a complete set of "Colonial Homestead" dinnerware. It had
everything from the usual plates, cups and saucers, etc. to tumblers,
butter dishes, salt & pepper shakers, and even trivets for hot
dishes. I loved those dishes and always wished for a set. The
different pictures on the various pieces were deeply fascinating to me.
(And now that I think about it, I think that the very completeness of
the set had its own fascination.)
One day, as an adult, I was at another lady's home for a tea party and
noticed she had some teacups in this pattern. I mentioned how much I
had always liked these dishes and how I had never seen any, other than
in the cottage of my childhood. From that time on, this dear lady kept
an eye out whenever she was anywhere old dishes might be -- thrift
stores, yard sales ... even the town dump. And slowly but surely my
cupboard began to hold quite a respectable assortment of "Colonial
My friend has moved away. By now, in addition to cups and saucers, I have sugar bowls and creamers, dessert plates, dinner plates, a salt shaker, little sauce dishes -- that may be all. I did have a perfectly lovely platter, sort of squarish, but it broke, unfortunately. You can see the salt shaker and the teacup below. Oh -- and also some green and white Fiesta salt and pepper shakers! And one day a few years back, my mother-in-law called to
offer me some old vegetable dishes she thought might look nice in my
kitchen. Yes, they also are "Colonial Homestead"! There are two sizes of bowls and they are wonderful, in perfect shape. Here is the sugar
bowl and creamer from the Colonial Homestead set (also seen at top of post):
And here is one side of a teacup -- a cameo. There's a cameo of a colonial gentleman too.
Here is the other side of the teacup -- a "God Bless Our Home" sampler. In her search for these dishes, my friend began to find a few other
green and white pieces which looked as if they might be "Colonial
Homestead" but turned out not to be. So I have a few pieces from a set
called "The Old Curiosity Shop". This creamer is one I found at a yard
sale, but I also have a few odd saucers, a bread plate or two, and some
dinner plates. The creamer depicts an oil lamp, a pair of reading glasses, and what I think of as a Bible. I also have another creamer, with a design of a sailing ship, which I believe is from a set called "Currier and Ives". All of these are by Royal. As I was looking over the teacups in my cupboard, I also noticed a
couple of other green and white ones. These are from a set called
"Pastoral" and I have also some saucers, some bread plates, and some
cereal bowls in this pattern. The one side of the teacup (I apologize
for the blurry photo) shows a man driving a horse and wagon.
The other side of the "Pastoral" teacup shows a house and barn. The
different pieces all feature various scenes from rural life.
Someone mentioned this in the comments (I think it was Bernideen), and I just had to add to the post, that these Colonial Homestead dishes were their everyday dishes growing up, and that the set had been acquired through collecting stamps earned at the grocery store. Several guests in our home have told us that exact same thing -- "These were the everyday dishes I grew up with!" -- and my mother-in-law told me she acquired her pieces at the First National grocery store. So there is more history for you. Thanks, Bernideen, for sharing that, as it jogged my memory.
I find that I am drawn to green and white dishes, and have many more of them -- just odds and ends -- in other patterns. I wish that I had pictures of all of my green and white dishes, but alas, I do not. Perhaps later this week I can get a few photos and add them to this post!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.