This beautiful china belonged to my mother. When she moved to an assisted living facility I packed it up and stored it for my nephew.
I had no idea if he would want it or not, but perhaps one day he would value it? It was a longshot, I knew, but I had to save the china just in case.
Sets of unwanted china litter consignment stores. Really, you can’t give this stuff away…or so I’ve been told many times. I have four sets of my own and I love using the plates on Thanksgiving. But I don’t kid myself that anyone is hoping to inherit them.
Fast forward a few years, when my nephew’s parents assured me that the china would make a great gift for my soon-to-be-married nephew and his lovely fiancé. Oh, the joy! Last weekend I started the unpacking-scrubbing-stacking-counting process. This china had never lived in a house with a dishwasher, so I washed it very carefully in the sink.
Because there were pieces missing (my mother bought the set from her landlady back in the 1940’s) I searched the internet for pieces to add.
“Replacements.com” referred to the pattern as “BAV137”, but had nothing available. Neither did Etsy or Ebay, but I will keep looking. It’s very old, possibly from 1898-1903. Or 1898-1923.
I know china is a thing of the past, like wedding goblets and cloth diapers, but I think it’s still special.
Oh yes. I have a set of my grandmother’s Wedgewood -cream with blue grape vines – it is beautiful and brings back so many memories from early childhood. I’ll “will” it to one of my sister’s children and hope it has a good home!