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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The old family china...

is being packed away.
After only four short months. 
30 years of languishing in various attics and lofts, my grandparents’ ‘high days and holidays’ crockery is being carefully wrapped 
and squirrelled away again in the loft.
On Monday the builder is coming to knock walls down to enlarge the kitchen.  So away it must go!  The happy memories it evoked as I ceremoniously unveiled it was truly a step back in time.  A time of rocking horse, a swing under the plum trees, kittens playing in wood shavings, celery in a vase,
 wondrous ‘jewels in jelly’ brawn made by my grandfather from half a pigs head.
As a child if I had known the ingredients required, would I have enjoyed it quite so much?  
I think not!
Here it is in all its glory.
12 place settings: does anyone have that amount of china these days?  The worse bit of all this is, it is so lovely I’m petrified to use it!



Do you have old family china that 
has the same effect on you, or is it just me that is a sentimental old fool?

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    1. The whole set is strangely out of its time. I wish I knew the story as to how it came into the family. It is not at all the style you would expect of 100 years ago.

      LX

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  2. I have collected my grandmothers china. The original is still in the family but I wanted it so I searce everywhere to find the pieces. Loved my grandparents hot summers days everything was calm and peaceful. Still dreaming of those days. The china brings it back in my life. I will never let it go.
    Hugs from Lina

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    1. Have you now found all the pieces to make a useful set? It is so lovely to have a link with those happy carefree days... enjoy!

      LX

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  3. It's absolutely gorgeous. I love it totally.
    J x

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    1. Yes... gorg. is the word! Made and hand painted in Czechoslovakia. Boy would I love to know the story as to how they bought it, I never will now.

      LX

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  4. Somewhere there is a box of crockery that used to belong to husband's grandmother. We have the cheese dish on show in the sitting room, and occasionally I use the long " sandwich " plates that are in a drawer. The other day I looked it up on eBay, and discovered that someone was selling 2 napkin rings for £80 ! We have got 4 of them !! It is called "Crown Ducal Orange Tree " , and is most unusual. I love it.

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    1. Lucky girl. Orange Tree is highly collectible. So very Thirties and very much of its time.

      LX

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous crockery. However, use it, please! - it was made to be used. More joy is surely obtained in using such fantastic things than just looking at them in a display case/ on a shelf? Every day should be celebrated - we're still here to enjoy them. With that in mind, nothing should be saved for best - every day is a 'best' day :)

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    1. Couldn’t agree more. When the building work is done I will do exactly as you advise. The cups will have to be used for afternoon tea as I like a mug full of tea not a little finger out mouthful.

      LX

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