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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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Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

Country Diary Edwardian Lady Noritake china

Even if you know of the book, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, you might not know that this classic inspired a dinnerware set, made by Noritake in the 1980s.

The book was a publishing hit, when it came out in 1977, in a facsimile edition of the naturalist diary of Edith Blackwell Holden (1971-1920).

Originally the book was called Nature Notes from 1906. She was known in her lifetime as a teacher, watercolorist and book illustrator. This 1977 edition was a publishing success.

It would have been expected for a naturalist at that time to keep a sketchbook . . . → Read More: Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

Vintage Dinnerware – Pass on the Love

It is so nice to hear customer stories about how much they are enjoying the vintage dinnerware we helped them find. Sometimes they are finding the pieces to complete a collection. Other times, to start a new one.

A box of vintage dishes in the Blue Orchard pattern went on its way this week, to charm a new kitchen in a new home. This dinnerware is from the 1970s vintage Cook n’ Serve line by Noritake, which I’ve mentioned before. (Marguerite is one of the other patterns in this line.)

It is heartening to connect people with special china . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware – Pass on the Love

Vintage Noritake Relish Dish – Easter or Anytime

vintage Noritake relish dish

China serving dishes made specifically to serve relish trays are not as common today as they were in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. If you are looking for the fine china and glass versions of this dinnerware, many times you will be heading for the secondary marketplace.

Many relish dishes were made as an oval shaped plate with barely raised sides. This is the single-compartment “plain” relish dish. Some of these relish dishes doubled as an under plate for the gravy or sauce boat in the dinnerware set.

Then there are the fancier relish dishes made two, three, four, . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake Relish Dish – Easter or Anytime

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