Today's post will finish the series of my living room renovation, and my collection of blue and white china.
I wanted to share with you the very first set of blue and white china that started me on my road to collecting blue and white dishware. It goes back to the early 1970's when the A & P grocery store sold different pieces of the the dishes every week. I bought service for eight, and have almost everything that was offered except for the candle sticks, dinner bell, salt and pepper shakers, butter dish, and clock. If a week was missed, you could order open stock directly from the Johann Haviland Service Center. I still have one of the order forms even though the company is no longer in business.
~ The pattern is called Blue Garland ~
I love the covered vegetable dish.
I've seen an image of a teapot in the pattern on the Internet, but it was never offered in the grocery store or on the open stock list. Instead they offered what was called a 'Beverage Server' which could be used for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or whatever. If I every come across a teapot I will definitely purchase it.
Because the pattern was sold in grocery stores across the country, you can find the dishware in many antique stores, reasonably priced.
Years later, Cracker Barrel sold blue water goblets that go beautifully with the dishes, so I purchased eight.
Also included in today's post are two other pieces of china that are not displayed in my new wall units. The trio below was made in Czechoslovakia.
I love this trio and have seen the dishes featured in Tea Time magazine a couple of times. It is manufactured in the United States [New Castle, Pennsylvania] by Castleton, and the pattern is Sunnyvale. Castleton is the US brand name given to German Rosenthal China manufactured by Shenango China Co.
On a recent shopping trip to Grand Rapids, Ohio, I purchased four Asian handleless teacups in blue and white. The price was right - four for $3.
Not all of the imitation Flo Blue china purchased at Cracker Barrel would fit on the wall units, so I put the remaining pieces in my curio cabinet.
A pitcher and two candlesticks sit on top of the cabinet.
The leaded glass teapot below is currently sitting on the sofa table in the entry hall. Can you believe it came from Wal-Mart several years ago?
~ Hall tree ~
This post concludes my blue and white series. I hope you've enjoyed it.