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 Dinnerware Look Alikes

Noritake china mark

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 on dishes a number of times in my travels. I’ve never bought them, though they look perfectly fine.

When I want my favorite patterns and brands, I know the marks to look for.

Beck’s grandma’s china reminded me of a Noritake pattern that I’ve seen, . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Look Alikes

Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

Vintage dinnerware for holiday table setting

Two of my favorite vintage china patterns are based on calm and classic color palettes that work well for a holiday table setting.

Why? Because blue, silver and gold – on a white background – work so well with the monochromatic color palettes I like for the holiday season.

If you like to base your holiday décor around these colors, and enjoy vintage dinnerware, you might like these dishes, too.

The subtle details in these dinnerware patterns caught my eye from the first time I saw them: the silver, blue and pine elements in Duchess by Style House, and the . . . → Read More: Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

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

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

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 have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Welcome Spring With Vintage Noritake China

Retro stoneware Hello Spring by Noritake

Hello Spring is the name of a vintage Noritake dinnerware pattern, from the 1970s. It’s funky and chunky, representative of the full-on design sensibility of that era. We call it retro these days.

The yellow flower especially makes me feel happy. I also enjoy the handcrafted feel of the stoneware, along with the big, orange tulip and purple accent flower.

This kind of dinnerware is heavy, but it will give grounding to any table setting build around its weight and color scheme. Bold pieces hold their own in any style, or in an eclectic and creative combo.

Hello Spring pieces . . . → Read More: Welcome Spring With Vintage Noritake China

Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

Birthday cake vintage Noritake china

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 behind the scenes. Cannot say when or how, just yet.

In the midst of major change – as many people have seen in the past few years — what is it about vintage dishes that gives a bit of soothing light? After all, they are . . . → Read More: Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

Vintage Noritake China | Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies

Hermit cookies recipe and vintage Noritake china

I think it is fun to serve cookies on a plate that goes with them. Vintage Noritake china often makes that easy, with so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

I know that Cookie Monster would not be so picky. Probably wouldn’t even bother with a plate, let alone choose one that makes the cookies look especially tasty. But when you have the choice of so many pretty china patterns, why not?

The vintage Mardi Gras pattern by Noritake has great warm colors, on white, in late 1960s to 1970s vintage style. This dinnerware features design that is just as . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake China | Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies

Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

glass and china pickle or relish dishes

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 of different finger foods. The choices include pickles (sweet or dill, homemade or commercial) in all shapes and flavors. Then there’s pickled watermelon rind, cocktail onions, radishes, carrot and celery sticks, olives, dilly beans, pickled beets – you get the idea.

And that doesn’t include . . . → Read More: Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

Green and Yellow Vintage Dinnerware | Cheerful Wedding Colors

There are lots of choices when it comes to green and yellow vintage dinnerware sets.

Floral motifs, abstract and geometric patterns – with so many pleasing tones in these colors, dish designers have made them long-time favorites.

So, it was no surprise when looking through the real weddings on the vintage wedding blog Ruffled, I saw a lot of occasions where green and yellow figured into the color scheme.

Check these links for a few examples:

Romantic Chic Atlanta Wedding Yellow New Mexico Wedding Green and Yellow Rustic Wedding from California

Those bright and sunny colors provide lots of options . . . → Read More: Green and Yellow Vintage Dinnerware | Cheerful Wedding Colors

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 so many possibilities for a color palette and theme for a fall wedding.

White flowers and background Gold edges and the outsides of the handles Rusty red in the flower buds Warm brown in the twigs Green leaves in at least three tones

The colors . . . → Read More: Older Noritake China | Vintage Wedding Colors

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 went to the rehearsal dinner.

This pattern features leaves in tones of gray, blue and green, along with embossed white flowers and tiny red berries. Sezanne was made from the late 1960s into the 1970s.

Once you set your theme and color palette, you can . . . → Read More: Charming Wedding | Vintage Noritake China

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