About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Fire King Swirl – Vintage Classic

Anchor Glass 22K gold

This white glass dinnerware with golden edges is my newest collection. I found several pieces within days of each other, in thrift shops in the area.

Was it a sign?

This Swirl pattern reminds me of days long ago, eating egg sandwiches around the kitchen table. I liked the pieces, and the memories.

This dinnerware is part of the Fire King line by Anchor Hocking. These dishes can go in the oven, but not the microwave, due to the metallic decoration. The edges are highlighted by 22 Karat gold.

This is classic 1950s dinnerware.

I was happy to find these in excellent condition. The serving bowl still has the label attached. If this pattern interests you, watch for wear on the rims, as well as “dishwasher haze” if the pieces have been cleaned that way.

Golden edge detail on Anchor Hocking glass dinnerware

There is a version of this pattern with no gold on the edges, as well as other colors, like pale pink, blue and peach lustre.

If you’re searching online venues, terms like Swirl, Golden Anniversary, Golden Shell, Fireking and Anchorglass should bring up likely candidates for your collection.

Note the differences in the shapes of the cups if you’re looking to match. One version has a full, round cup. Another has a more tapered bottom section.

On larger pieces like the salad and dinner plates, and serving pieces, the ware generally carries embossed marks. The surface of the pieces should be shiny and the gold bright with no wear. The lustre variations should be dewy.

If you’re shopping for Fire King, you might also like the page I made to include more versions of this dinnerware.

I like my Swirl for the memories, and its practicality for use, the way we eat at our house. We’re not wed to the microwave or the dishwasher, though we have and use both.

I’ll collect a few place settings and serving pieces, enough for a few guests. I am not too concerned about exact match, as long as the pieces look good together in a table setting.

And I’ll be serving a few egg sandwiches, too.

My latest collection of Vintage glass dinnerware

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7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

How to make a list of only a few special patterns? This is a challenge.

I decided to review prior posts that have gotten the most comments so far, over the 8+ years that I’ve been writing on Diary of a Dishie.

I enjoyed this review of favorite wares. It was like stopping by a friend’s house for a chat to catch up on things!

You might like these, too. Just pour a cup of coffee or tea, and read on as you wish.

Readers had a lot to say about long-time favorites like these:

Federalist by Sears. This . . . → Read More: 7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

Glass party set Orchard Crystal

When my grandmother’s estate was settled, I got her party dishes. That was what we called them: three boxes of glassware snack sets, in an unknown pattern by Orchard Crystal, a total of 12 sets.

The plain boxes, somewhat the worse for wear, did not attract anyone’s eye, but I knew what they were.

It’s not that us kids got to use these dishes, however.

My grandmother used her glass party dishes when she hosted card parties in the afternoon with her “club.” This was her special group of church women who met at each others’ houses once a . . . → Read More: Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

Corelle mug Shadow Iris

Corelle dinnerware has been popular since its early days in 1970.

At our house, Corelle is the workhorse dinnerware we use first every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We use it to serve food just cooked, as well as warming leftovers in the microwave. We like the Country Morn pattern.

Corelle is practical, hands down.

Here’s a list of reasons why we like Corelle, and others do, too:

Stylish – the Corelle line includes many patterns as well as plain white wares. It’s easy to build a matching set, or mix and match. Durable – this dinnerware . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Vintage glassware Swedish Modern

Shiny glass in gold or amber is just right to give some extra pizzazz to your dinner table for the coming holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not so far away on the calendar.

If glassware in gold is not on your permanent shopping list, now is a good time to add it as you hunt for other vintage items, online and in secondhand stores.

I like glass myself, because it’s easy to find (at least, as vintage items go) and flexible to use along with plates, bowls and other dinnerware pieces. It is also generally . . . → Read More: A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Salem china candle holders

It’s time to plan for holiday dinnerware, especially if you’re using vintage patterns. The special pieces you want to use for your menu, and to enhance your table setting, can take time to find.

These candle holders in the Noel pattern by Salem (made in Japan) are the kind of sweet little addition to add charm to your holiday table setting.

The applied pattern – a Christmas tree with toys and packages tucked below – is used on some other vintage dinnerware patterns. This means you can mix and match them with other, similar holiday patterns, or any pattern . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Glass Chip and Dip Set

Anchor Hocking glass chip and dip set

I love it when I find vintage glassware in the original box. This chip and dip set by Anchor Hocking was mine as soon as I saw it.

Its first use at our house: a treat to use for serving some salsa and chips. The larger bowl is especially generous in size, to hold a lot of chips at once.

The pattern is called Country Estate, and it’s in avocado green.

Online sleuthing shows that this set was also made in honey gold, and there are some other pieces in the pattern out there, such as candle holders.

I’d . . . → Read More: Vintage Glass Chip and Dip Set

Tiara Glass Honey Dish – Vintage Sweet

Tiara Glass Honey Dish

Here’s a cool vintage find: a green glass honey dish by Tiara. This piece is studded on the outside with all kinds of bees and related motifs, such as the bee skeps on the sides.

It is designed to serve honey in the comb, which was more common in grocery stores in past times than it is now.

Both the dish and the comb honey are elusive to find, but if you’re determined, they are out there.

I stumbled on the glass dish at a thrift store. I was surprised and happy to find it had no nicks or . . . → Read More: Tiara Glass Honey Dish – Vintage Sweet

Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

Mikasa Desert Flower dinnerware

Dinnerware that shouts Retro: china in the Mediterrania product line by Mikasa qualifies. Perhaps it even sets the standard.

This salad plate in the Desert Flower pattern is a cheerful yellow, and bold. If you’re a fan of 1970s style, or mixing it up with a bohemian flair, this dinnerware is worth seeking out in vintage marketplaces and secondhand stores.

The product line includes patterns in white and a color, including black, avocado green, espresso brown, blue, gold, pink and burnt orange. There are also patterns such as Blue Bird, Petals, Capri, Dominique, Rick Rack, Tiny Bubbles and Genie.

. . . → Read More: Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

Happy Easter Carnival Color

Indiana glass egg plate

Iridescent carnival glass is made by applying a finish while the pressed glass is still hot, then firing it one more time to bring out a rainbow of colors.

I got out my vintage Indiana Glass deviled egg plate, in the Hobnail pattern in green. It is a cute piece, and inspirational for an Easter table display.

This dish has the colorful, carnival finish, though this piece is a 70s version of the older glassware given away at carnivals, where the name stuck (even if most of the glass was bought by admirers to brighten their homes inexpensively).

. . . → Read More: Happy Easter Carnival Color

Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

The cake is eaten, the dishes washed. It was a lovely birthday cake, and delicious, too.

I asked the bakery to use the motif and colors of the dinnerware as inspiration for the cake, and they did a wonderful job (thanks, Adam’s Cake Shop!).

The plate is from the Meadow pattern by Corelle, which I’ve written about several times before. It’s just the right note right now, for the coming spring season, with its pretty soft colors.

The ware was made for about 10 years, from the 1970s into the 1980s.

As far as I can tell, this Meadow . . . → Read More: Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

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