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