Brrrrr! It is frightfully cold outside today! We had a terrific winter storm blow in sometime last night and now the ground has a fresh coating of snow. The wind blows right through our warm winter coats, and despite the furnace’s efforts in keeping our house warm today, we are still walking around a bit stiffishly.
Anyhow. Today we get to review the plates found in my Hope Chest. Lets take a little look, shall we?
Aren’t these trays just darling? Mom found the large white, bright printed one while we were out perusing our local GoodWill. On another occasion I spotted the little glittery gold one right as we walked into one of our favorite antique shops. I bought both for a steal, and though I am really not a tray fanatic, these two had a way of melting my heart. Both of them have metallic gold outlining each and every flower and leaf, and the print itself is exquisite. They are versatile in being used as desert trays, or they could be hung up on the wall in a kitchen. Over all, I am a believer in making things look pretty, and these two trays will help make that possible in my own kitchen one day.
The two trays are made by Daher Decorated Ware company. The large one could easily hold two-dozen cookies (some layered), while the other could hold about six lemon bars. (Yum – Mom makes the best! Not to sweet, and just the right sourness. Doesn’t that sound good?) Both were made by the distinguished Daher Decorated Ware company found in England. If you would like to read more about this vintage company, click here.
Here we have a porcelain platter I believe I found at an auction in town. Now I know I keep mentioning estate sale and auction finds in these posts, but let me assure you, we have only made it to two of each! We just happened to find a lot of great items, so we kind of stocked up. Anyhow, the platter is made by Northridge, and was manufactured in China. Mm. Yep that about says enough. Lets just say I bought it for its looks, and not for value’s sake. Ha ha!
One of the big reasons I make myself invest in multiple trays and platters for my hope chest is for future hospitality’s sake. Mom, herself complains even now of not having enough pretty trays or even bowls sometimes when we have a big get-to-gether and pretty table wares like these are needed. So I have made it a practice of mine to keep an eye out for good “accessory” kitchen ware, thus when the time comes around, I am not wringing my hands off because I lack some lovely serving dish.
Last but certainly not least, I have my everyday plate ware. I have only a fraction shown here since it is a bit of a nuisance to retrieve the full set out of it’s nicely packed nest in my chest. I found this set at an estate sale in the early Fall, and would you believe that it was a full set of 30?! I know! You hardly ever find good table ware that comes (all in one piece) in a set of 30! But there it was, sitting quite comfortably on a table in the yard where the sale was being held. My eyes must have popped out, because I had a hard time believing what they saw. I marched right up looked at the price and said, “Nope. I will not pay a dollar per plate.” So I halved the set, and bought fifteen for $10. Much better. The set is made by the Pfaltzgraff company (pronounced: faults-graf), so they will be most suitable for hardy use…cue the future children please. Ha ha!