Noritake china mark

Vintage Dinnerware Look Alikes

A question from a reader, Beck, prompts this post. Do you ever see dishes in the marketplace that look a lot like your favorite pattern?   And, when you flip, you see a frilly scroll mark with “made in China” under it. Probably not the match to grandma’s china. I’ve seen this kind of mark […]

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Country Diary Edwardian Lady Noritake china

Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

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 […]

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Garden theme dishes

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes! Earth Day is on Monday this year. That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things. Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already […]

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Birthday cake vintage Noritake china

Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

This birthday greeting post is a bit late. The real date is in February. But we DID eat cake, twice that month, and pie as well. The hunt for vintage dinnerware goes on, in many of the same places. Currently, I have no avenue to offer them for sale, but there is work going on […]

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glass and china pickle or relish dishes

Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

Glass relish dishes, and china ones, too, have been a mainstay of holiday dinner tables for many years. Because, you need them to serve the pickles! At home, we always had a relish tray for any holiday or special occasion. Pickles and deviled eggs were favorites on the menu. A relish tray can include lots […]

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Older Noritake China | Vintage Wedding Colors

This vintage Noritake china caught my eye the first time I saw it. The dinnerware decorated with a large floral motif in beautiful autumn colors and gold handles — so dramatic. I’m usually a fan of blue, green and silver dinnerware, but I could not leave this classy china on the shelf. This china has […]

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Charming Wedding | Vintage Noritake China

Many vintage Noritake china patterns lend themselves to a vintage wedding table setting. It’s no surprise. The company has been making beautiful china for more than 100 years. These dishes have classic design and quality craftsmanship. One of these Noritake patterns is Sezanne  (upper right) which I included in yesterday’s post about the dishes that […]

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Tuna Salad Sandwich – Vintage China, Cool Lunch

So simple, tuna sandwiches are easy to make as the weather warms up. Keep the filling cold and bring it out for a quick lunch around the pool, or even a picnic if you can keep the sandwiches cold and eat them promptly. Never had an exact recipe for this one. I like lots of […]

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Noritake Buttercup Features Big Vintage Color

Buttercups are bold? They are when they are featured on dinnerware from the vintage Craftone line by Noritake. Many of the patterns in this product line are decorated with big, dramatic flowers. Many dinnerware patterns from the 1970s have something bold about them. Many of those are classic retro in shape or color, like another […]

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