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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Vintage Wedding | Buffet Dinnerware

A chef called me not along ago, about some silver plate flatware she needed for a vintage wedding theme rehearsal dinner.

She’d been collecting plates and flatware for a while, but with only 30 hours to go, she need more, and some dinnerware, too.

One thing let to another, and a number of vintage china plates, in sizes for bread, dessert and salad, went to the party, along with the flatware.

The dishes that went to the wedding

Some of the china patterns are show above. These dinnerware designs follow a light color, soft and floral theme. Many vintage china . . . → Read More: Vintage Wedding | Buffet Dinnerware

Shabby Chic | Vintage Style

I’m a longtime fan of the design style called shabby chic. Whether you call it vintage, mix and match or romantic, this is a lovely way to set your table and decorate your home.

There are many, many vintage dinnerware patterns that fit into this style.

I remember watching Rachel Ashwell on one of the cable home channels more than 10 years ago. She is a well-known English designer, creator of the shabby chic style, and author of several books on decorating in this style. She has a new book coming out this fall, Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Places.

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Indiana Glass | Style Old and New

vintage Indiana glass

Indiana Glass was made for so long that the available styles cover a number of timeless design trends.

While much of the glass produced by Indiana is now vintage, the styles are still relevant, making this glassware a good candidate for today’s table settings.

This beautiful glassware can fit into many table setting themes and color schemes, as styles come and go over time.

Just look at the modern and traditional contrast of only two patterns made during the 100-year life of this company.

The large piece is a salad serving bowl in the Luau pattern. This item is . . . → Read More: Indiana Glass | Style Old and New

Indiana Glass | Loganberry

Loganberry bowl Indiana Glass

Indiana Glass made a number of patterns that I’m especially fond of in glassware. These pieces are based on nature, with motifs that include leaves, fruit, berries and flowers.

When I look for vintage glassware from the 1970s, color is one of my guidelines. Colors like golden amber and olive green are a telltale sign.

Remember the metal cookware and kitchen appliances like stoves and refrigerators, which came in Harvest Gold and Avocado Green?

The Loganberry pattern is on my list. It fits into the colors and motifs I look for.

The leaves and berry motif is molded . . . → Read More: Indiana Glass | Loganberry

Glassware Shapes | Table Setting Charm

Sample shapes clear vintage glassware

Clear glassware goes with many table settings, kinda like white dinnerware. The shapes and motifs also come into play, as does the quality of the glass. Some patterns are elegant, some are casual, and you’ll want to harmonize your glassware choices with your overall theme.

In addition, the beverage menu comes into play.

Goblets in various sizes are designed for water, iced tea or other cool drinks. These are footed, and may or may not have a stem.

Tumblers are “flat” which means the bottom is flat. These come in capacity sizes from a few ounces, up to . . . → Read More: Glassware Shapes | Table Setting Charm

Glassware | Lots to Love

When I’m scouting, choosing between the glassware and the dinnerware can be a tough choice!

Both have so many charms to tempt me, though I often find the china dishes to be easier to work with.

Glass has its challenges, in both identification and condition. I presume that glassware in the secondary marketplace has some kind of condition defect, unless my close inspection proves otherwise. It’s easy for a chip or crack to go unnoticed, especially when the surface is textured.

Even so, glass is often worth the challenge.

Why I love glassware

Shiny glass is charming; nothing shines like . . . → Read More: Glassware | Lots to Love

Cranberry Glass | Berry Red

Cranberry glass has a lively berry-red color that has fascinated collectors since Victorian times.

This color remains popular today, due to its distinctive beauty and clarity.

The cranberry I’m looking for is a cheerful claret or burgundy red, as compared to rich ruby red glassware, though they both have gold in common. It takes a tiny bit of gold to make this beautiful glass.

It’s tough to find glassware in the right condition in the secondary marketplace, because the fine glass pieces are often delicate and don’t hold up to rough handling.

The cranberry cookware was put to work in . . . → Read More: Cranberry Glass | Berry Red

Tremar Pottery Cider Mug | Vintage Cornwall

Tremar Pottery was made in Cornwall, and this cider mug is returning home!

A kind customer clued me in about this distinctive vintage pottery and the name Tremar, because on this piece the impressed stamp was near the edge. It had lost its second “r” and read Trema.

I looked at several websites that had photo galleries, illustrating many Tremar pieces. The matte finish glaze is subdued, emphasizing earthy quality of the pottery. I can imagine this ware in Hobbit homes, perhaps the houses of Bilbo Baggins or Samwise Gamgee.

The village of Tremar is a few miles outside the . . . → Read More: Tremar Pottery Cider Mug | Vintage Cornwall

Sears Federalist China | White Ironstone

Federalist dinnerware is one of the most popular vintage china patterns I find when scouting. It’s a beautiful white ironstone pattern.

A name like Federalist recalls the American Revolution and the years after, when the young country was refined. It shouts “traditional table setting” by name alone, and even more when you see the shapes.

Federalist pieces are durable with classic style. They are on the heavy side for their size, but too heavy. They compare well, in weight and glaze quality, with many of the best contemporary stoneware dinnerware lines.

This dinnerware was made in solid white, solid yellow . . . → Read More: Sears Federalist China | White Ironstone

Peacock Blue | Bright Bold Dinnerware

Dinnerware and glassware makers choose the peacock blue color for its rich intensity and striking boldness.

You can see the inspiration, from the peacock’s feathers. The male peacock has lots of showy color. It’s a distinctive color choice for dinnerware, glassware and home decor.

This blue is one of the standard colors in the revived production of Fiesta dinnerware by Homer Laughlin.

Newer Fiesta introduced the color around 2005, and you can set your entire table with it if you choose. There are different four and five piece place setting combinations available, and lots of additional plate and bowl sizes, . . . → Read More: Peacock Blue | Bright Bold Dinnerware

Vintage Mikasa Serves Comfort Food

vintage Mikasa Potters Art

Retro style Mikasa dinnerware from the 1970s is another one of my favorites. particularly the Potters Art stoneware china line.

I’ve written about Mikasa Potters Art before. This dinnerware line includes patterns that were designed by Ben Seibel, a well-known designer in the mid-20th century.

Mikasa brought out these dishes in the 1970s and into the 1980s. It is heavy, substantial stoneware, and was made in Japan.

It harmonized well with the handmade/handcrafted home design trend that was popular then — a trend that is coming back now in a different way.

By the mid-1980s, glaze designs on Potters . . . → Read More: Vintage Mikasa Serves Comfort Food

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