I was delighted when I found these Vernon Kilns May Flower Vernonware Plates, Bread and butter plates with Copeland Spode Cups from the 1940’s. There’s something really special about dishes that have stood the test of time.
While this set can be used all year round; I think it is especially beautiful for Fall and Thanksgiving, especially since it uses brown and cranberry colors so beautifully!
It looks like a bouquet you might gather in your hands as you walk along an old mountain road. There’s something soothing about thoughts like that. An embossed rope-like border goes around the edge of each piece.
I love plate stacking.
As you will see in the video, I didn’t stack the smaller 6.5 inch bread and butter plate on top of the dinner plate. It covered way too much of the delightful pattern, which is described on the back as “hand painted under glaze”. By putting the bread and butter plate at the top of the knives, the visual picture was expanded on the table. I really liked the look!
It amazes me that the pattern is bright and colorful after all this time.
The pieces are in good condition, especially considering that they are somewhere around 80 years old. You will see in the last picture that one cup has some discoloration and the back of one bread and butter plate has a chip. It does NOT show from the front. Please look at the pictures they are part of the description.
Not Vernon Kilns May Flower?
When I got home and sanitized them I discovered that the cups are not Vernon Kilns May Flower. Instead they were manufactured by Spode. The bottom of the cup says 5245 Copeland SPODE, Great Britain Gainsborough with a tiny green mark.
These cups are close, but different.
Placing the cup in front of you with the handle on the right you can view the full bouquet of flowers that look very similar to the May Flower manufactured by Vernon Kilns. When you turn it to face you, you will see the yellow bouquet. Then you see the last bouquet of cranberry flowers with yellow centers. But don’t stop there, look at the cup handle while it is very different from the handle on Vernon Kilns May Flower, the row of flowers decreases in size as they travel down the face of the handle. The edge of the cup has a delicate scallop. But the thing that made me fall in love with these cups is the yellow flower that peers out at me from inside the cup. I love, love, love it when the inside of the cup is decorated also.
The lady that put this set together used the bread-and-butter plates which are 1/2 inch wider that the actual cup saucers. And the cups are even Vernon Kilns May Flower that made in California. The cups are Spode made in England.
I love what she did.
I’m not sure why she mixed the pieces from two manufacturers, but I love it! I would love to fill one of these cups with delicious hot coffee, sit the cup in a bread-and-butter plate in front of her, then I would have to ask her, “What were you thinking?
Did you prefer the Spode dishes from England, but only have the money for Vernon Kilns May Flower? Did the war limit the availability of cups? Were you like me and thought the Spode cups were more beautiful? I don’t know what she was thinking, but I sure like her taste in dishes. But I wish I could ask her.
Sometimes, I ask myself, “Pat, what were you thinking?”
And the problem generally is, I wasn’t thinking! When I don’t stop and think about things, I make blunders. Those blunders encourage me to think things through more carefully.
One of those blunders, is not being thankful.
When I think about the many blessings I’ve been given, I realize that most of the time, I stack them like I would a set of dishes and mindlessly shove them onto a shelf until next time. I offer up a quick “I am so blessed” or “Thank you for blessing me, Father.” So often that is done without engaging my heart.
Something happens in my heart when I think about the blessings, the good things that I’ve been given. Yet, when I dive deeper into gratitude by singling out a single blessing and giving thanks for it, I see it differently. I enjoy it more, because I have given it value by giving thanks for it. Thanksgiving gives birth to an attitude of gratitude. I have learned that gratitude is one of the most valuable gifts anyone can ever have!!!
When we don’t have gratitude, we don’t value what we have been given. When we don’t value it…we never have the wonderful feeling of fulfillment that comes with gratitude.
So…let me challenge you.
In your journey to enjoy life more, become more think-full.
Instead of thinking about everything you don’t have.
Think about what you do have and give God thanks for your blessing…yes, name a single blessing. Think-full and become thankful.
Psalm 118:1 ESV Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
You’ll enjoy everything you have more when you give thanks to the Lord.
I hope that this week you will add some happy to your table and some joy to your heart.
Would you like more inspiration? I’ll put a link to my blog where my granddaughter taught me to open my eyes are see the beauty in my neighbor. Carry Your Camera
Would you like to have to a beautiful table setting like this on your table?
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