Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Currier and Ives - Part One

Hello, Dear Ones.
Today I would like to share with you the first in a series of my very first collection of dishes.
It all started in Estes Park, Colorado while staying at the historic Stanley Hotel.
We stayed in the back of the Hotel in a large old suite with a kitchen, I opened the cabinets and found some dishes...

 Currier and Ives dishes by Royal China.
My tiny heart skipped 15 beats! 
Yes, it did!

 I set the table in our suite with all the dishes, took a picture and I was totally hooked!
One little tidbit ~ there is a Stephen King room in the hotel.
Seems while he stayed at the Stanley he got his inspiration to write "The Shining".
Too much info? :)  No more scary, I promise!

 Anyway, here is the design on the plates.
I've seen that some of you have a few of these plates too.
I have one million gazillion of the plates! :)
They kinda have an old western look to them, don't they?

 Then the soup bowls have this design.
Don't you just love these little scenes of a time long ago?

 This is the little bitty berry bowl and I just love this scene of the little children taking turns swinging on the gate. 
I know, you can't tell they're taking turns but I can! :)
The scenes on each piece is different. 
The designs are taken from scenes and parts of scenes from the old Currier and Ives lithographs.

 So I've set my table with my sweet little old fashioned dishes.
I even made new yellow napkins to add to the hominess.
(is that a word? it is now)

 Starting in the mid 1980s I traveled high and low adding to my collection.
I found only four of the ice tea glasses. Cute, huh?

Here's the butter dish.
Who ever owned this must have kept it on her hot hot stove as it has some of that "I'm scorched!" look about it.

 Cutie Patootie salt and pepper shakers. 
I just expect to see Miss Kitty and Marshall Dillion come in and sit down at my table.

 Creamer and sugar bowl. I have two sets of these.
These have traveling scenes on them.
Zoom zoom! ;)

 I have two gravy boats with the under plates.
This couple in the sleigh show up on other pieces.

 Very nice vegetable bowls. 
I have two of these.

 Love my cheese plate and dome ( I use the dome as a cloche all the time).

 Thinking about what to do for a centerpiece, I grabbed the covered casserole dish and started poking flowers in it. Fauxs, that is and if you visit me often you know how I love my fauxs and my fauxs love me! :)
The scenes are so enduring, old fashioned and just make me happy.
I just love to be happy! ;)

 The Currier and Ives dishes first hit the scene in the late 1940s and early 1950s. 
This was the most popular pattern from the Royal China Company and was made in these
colors: blue, green, pink, brown, and black. 
The blue being the most popular.

During the 50’s they were distributed as premiums at the A & P stores.
This must be why so many mothers and grandmothers had these delightful dishes.

I have more pieces from this pattern to show you and hope you'll stick around to see them.

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days

Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
Sometimes it feels like this worlds gone crazy
Grandpa, take me back to yesterday
When the line between right and wrong
Didn't seem so hazy

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say 
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away
Woah oh, grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days

Grandpa, everything is changing fast
We call it progress, but I just don't know
And grandpa, Let's wander back into the past
And paint me the picture of long ago

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other come what may
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say and then forget
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away
Woah oh, grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
Woah oh, grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
~ sung by The Judds


  1. Shelia, the S&P shaker set is the cutest I have evah seen. I remember A&P's. Your table is beautiful. hugs, olive

  2. I'm in love with that gravy boat & butter dish! The table setting is so inviting!


  3. What a great and pretty set, Shelia. The S & P shakers and glasses are so cute....Christine

  4. What a find! These dishes are fabulous.If I had to pick my favorite, and you know I will, it would be the covered casserole dish. Just the handle alone makes me want it. So cute! I'm lovin' the blue and white dishes these days.Your table looks so welcoming and the daisies just finished it off perfectly. I think this is my favorite post of yours. I'm waiting for more :) Hugs, Deb

  5. I have these dishes also; they were my Grandma Brewsters and when she passed away I got them. I don't have the salt & pepper or butter dish or the sugar bowl set (do you want to sell your extra set hun??). I use these on holidays; LOVE these so much and love your table setting hun..


  6. Shelia, I so love that you showed these beautiful dishes. I love them, too, and can see why you were so smitten with them. My favorites are ones that we ate off of at a B& B, which I immediately had to go out and buy. Your posts always make me smile!!

  7. Lovely table, and the s&p shakers are the absolutely CUTEST! Thanks for sharing!

  8. WOW Shelia what a beautiful collection! I love the salt and pepper shakers with the little handles.

  9. Oh goodness darling Shelia...your dishes are gorgeous, such a wonderful complete set! I love it when they have so many extra pieces, like the sweet butter dish, adorable gravy boat, the S&P shakers and finally, the glasses! Yes, the yellow napkins are perfect for it! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  10. What a gorgeous collection! I love how you displayed everything in your table setting!

  11. These are one of my favorites Shelia. They have LOTS OF MEMORIES for me growing up because THEY WERE ONE OF OUR EVERYDAY DISHES! Hmmm, I wonder if Mom got them with GREEN STAMPS way back then? Your table is GORGEOUS! I love the yellow napkins with the set. Oh Yes, Miss Kitty and Matt would have LOVED the setting!
    Thanks for the memories,
    Big Hugs to you,

  12. What fun!! I've seen these dishes around forever, and they are delightful. Can't wait to see your other pieces. Sally

  13. What a beautiful set Shelia! I pretty much adore anything blue and white so this is right up my alley! :-)

  14. Shelia your collection is charming! I love that you have so many pieces of this dinnerware. Love the blue and white! I'll be back when you show us more! Hugs, Linda

  15. Such a great collection! How lucky you are to have so many wonderful pieces from the set. Your table looks so inviting too!

  16. Hi Shelia: I'm a new follower and I can't believe I haven't found you before. You are a hoot and I love the Currier and Ives dishes. I remember my grandmother had the set, but I haven't thought of it in years, don't know what happened to it. I'm hoping you will come by and visit at the Cottage. We would love to have you..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  17. Oh Shelia what a decent and dignifying tablescape... verygrand looking ...
    Love the butter dish so much...
    Hope you will enjoy a visit at
    With love

  18. I grew up eating off this set, and all I have is 2 soup bowls. It brings back such memories. I would love a set of these and yes A&P is where my Mom got hers. Over the years of raising 5 kids, I guess they all got broke. I am 56 yrs old and remember them well. Your table looks beautiful!!! I would love to sit down at it and have a PB&J sandwich...LOL

    God Bless~

  19. Shelia..your set is wonderful and so complete. YOu seldom see a set of dishes with so much to it. Everything looks so nice! So..what time did you say dinner was? Should I dress up or come in my jeans..jammies? :)

  20. HI SHELIA!!!
    Oh this post makes me sad.....you see My hubby's Great grandmother gave us a set of Currier and Ives dishes for a wedding gift back in 1976....she probably got them as a bank promotion or something like that....well me being the YOUNG dumb bride I was thought they were "old", so I traded my sister for some more modern brown pottery dishes.....I think my sister still has them ...she lives in Chicago....I have asked to BUY them back....she says Oh one day I will get those dishes to you....that has been over 10 years ago....I hate to keep asking...in the event she really wants them or longer has them....when I visit her I would never ask....but Praying one day those dishes find there way back to me...mine were a royal blue color......
    I love yours!!!A
    AND a stay at the old historic STANLEY HOTEL is on my bucket list!!!Scary and all!!!!!
    big hugs,

  21. So pretty! Love that cheese dish!!! You have a lovely collection. My Mom had a set of these at one time.

  22. Oh I love Currier & Ives. I have only a few pieces that belonged to my grandmother but I treasure them so. Beautiful tablescape! Pinning again~ Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  23. I have many of these pieces too, Shelia! Especially the dinner plates. They are so sturdy and never break. These used to be my winter every day dishes but then concerns arose over the safety of eating off of them- possible lead based paint? Do you know anything about that?

  24. Pickle you had me at Blue/white girl..Your a collection you have my friend and to find even the glasses WOW!! I'm be looking for these now when I'm out and about to see if I can add to your collection..
    I got a whole set of Blue willow glasses over 15 years ago plus the spice holders..
    May you have the BEST Mothers day ever my dear Pickle..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  25. Hi darling, Gorgeous inviting table. I have many of these dishes as well. One of the last things Mother gave to us as a Christmas present before she passed. I've never seen the glasses, they're fab!!! It must be blue and white day for tablescapes, mine is do to post later. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your collection.
    hugs ~lynne~

  26. I love the Currier and Ives, Shelia. Your collection is wonderful!

    I seem to remember that little tidbit of info about Stephen King and The Shining.:-)

  27. What a beautiful collection of dishes! The table is very pretty.


  28. I LOVE your dishes! Thanks for your kind comment on my thrifty treasures!

  29. Sheila!

    What a lovely setting for Mother's day! Keep them there and maybe someomne will make a meal on par with the settings!


  30. what a beautiful set....I have never seen anything like it before.
    How could you possibly collect it...a little at a time..where would you find it.
    anyway, it is lovely.

  31. Sheila, I love Currier and Ives! They are simply charming and what a lovely setting they make! The little cloche is adorable! LOVE it all! Thanks for sharing and I cannot wait to see the rest. Have a delightful day.


  32. Shelia, Pairing your beautiful Currier And Ives dishes with the butter yellow and white flowers is just beautiful!
    No wonder you heart skipped 15 beats when you first saw them. These are a real salute to early American life and a more simple time. Don't you love all the scenes? I especially love the sleigh scene on the gravy boat!!!
    How blessed you are to have these...
    And sweet so share them with us!

  33. Love that china and pretty table Sheila!
    I have always admired that pattern and I do have one of those plates hanging on a wall.
    By the way, Dan and I visited that hotel too, very pretty but creepy too!

  34. My husband found me a complete set of these dishes years ago. I loved them. I had put some up on a plate shelf on the wall. Unfortunately the shelf fell off the wall,so I lost several pieces. I now have them in a box. After looking at your beautiful table setting,I may rethink that.It would be nice to start using them again.

  35. Hi Shelia,
    I think your table looks just gorgeous! That pattern is so sweet with the scenes from a simpler time.
    Someone has a big serving platter like this, is it you? I guess I'll just have to wait for part two to find out, huh?
    Thanks so much for stopping back, we love seeing you there.

  36. Shelia,
    What a classic tablescape with the blue, white & yellow color palette! You have set a lovely table, dear friend. Those napkins are stunning...homemade! I've been trying to find readymade in that hue, no luck! Unique to this are all the serving pieces that you've aquired to go withthe place settings! I'll be back to seee more, indeed!

  37. The Currier & Ives dishes are amazing. I have a few strays that I've picked up over the years. I'm very familiar with the Stanley Hotel. It's a fun place to stay.

  38. Shelia, your set is wonderful. My mom had a similar set that she collected from the grocery. Her set was in greens. Enjoyed your post!
    Happy Mother's Day.

  39. Oh, how beautiful!! When I was growing up, my mother had four framed Currier and Ives prints above our piano. I've loved them ever since. : )

  40. You've done a great job completing your set! I bet that was fun finding all of those pieces. It's such a classic pattern. Every now and then I still see grocery stores offering dishes similar to that at reduced prices for shopping there. Old traditions never die!

  41. This pattern is so pretty and the fact that you have so many pieces is fantastic. love the S&P shakers and the glasses are darling. What a treasure. I have enjoyed this table very much! Happy Mother's Day. Linda

  42. Oh Sheila, your dishes are so beautiful. What a lovely collection. Wishing you a wonderful day!

    Jocelyn @

  43. This collection is fabulous, I love Currier & Ives. Beautiful tablescape, and Happy Mother's Day to you, your mom and daughter. xo

  44. What a wonderful story behind your amazing collection of Currier and Ives dishes! That photo of the little berry bowl is too sweet! That pattern looks terrific with the yellow napkins. And how fun to even find glasses that match!

  45. Wonderful post!! The dishes are absolutely beautiful. I love them. I have never seen this pattern before, but really enjoyed being introduced to them. Thank you!

  46. These dishes are new to me, and I love them. I may have to keep my eyes open for some as well.

  47. I know all about the"good old days". You truly have a a great treasure in those dishes.

  48. My mom had the ones available at the market! When I was little we'd go to the market every week and a new piece would be for sale and we'd pick it up. Sadly I live in a miniscule little house (WAH!) and was only able to keep a few pieces and gave the rest to Good Will. :(

    Thanks for the fun memories!

  49. So beautiful collection Shelia!
    They are all wonderful but the one with the children....oh! my prefered one as you can imagine...
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Besos from Argentina. Silvina.

  50. Oh, thanks for sharing such a beautiful tablescape. Your pretty dishes just made my heart sing. I love all of the "extras" that you have, such as the cheese dome, salt and pepper shaker, butter dish, etc. They really make everything come together. And your faux flowers add just the right touch. Beautiful!

  51. I absolutely adore this pattern Shelia and the tablescape is just beautiful!

  52. First of all, I LOVE your header! What program did you use to make it, if you don't mind telling! :) ....beautiful!

    And, Wow, what a wonderful collection of dishes! The cheese dome is such a nice addition, and the flowers in the center piece dish are so pretty!

    Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  53. Beautiful table Sheila, I do remember C&I. My parents always loved their Christmas cards but we never had any of their dishes that I remember. Lovely table!!

  54. What a fabulous table Shelia! I didn't realize how much I loved these dishes until I saw your table. Gosh they are so very beautiful. It's just perfect.

  55. I love this table! Black dishes like these are timeless.

  56. You are amazing! The yellow was just perfect for paring with this!

  57. Hi Shelia,

    Beautiful table setting! I'm actually on my way to pick up my own set from Craigslist. Can't wait! Lovely blog! :)

  58. Those are so pretty, I would love to have a gorgeous set like them. The scenes are so sweet and homey. They take you back to a simpler time, don't they.
    Hugs, Cindy

  59. Beautiful. I have a couple pieces that were my mother-in-laws.

  60. My grandmother had those dishes - my sister has them now.

  61. Thank you. How delightful to see your pictures. I collected all of the set and gave them away many years ago. I want them back. So far I have 14 plates, and am looking for the soup bowls. The prices are all over the map. I will be diligent.
    Thank you, they were so nice to see again.

  62. Thank you for your pictures. I'd like to buy some for everyday use. Is that wrong? Is the picture on the dishes lead paint? There's concern over eating on them. Thank you. indyreba@gmail.com

  63. Hi Sheila:
    Your collection and the beautiful way you set your table makes my heart sing!
    Thanks for sharing. Just wondering if you use your Currier and Ives everyday, and if they are dishwasher safe. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home as well. Love your garden and your starfish wreath! You have a warm heart. Hugs


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