Thursday, January 6, 2011

Good China for Ula

Souvenir dishes from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.

One of the things that DH and I share is an interest in is pretty dishes. We have a very small kitchen, though, with very little cabinet space. The people who designed university housing were not expecting people to really cook. They were expecting busy students who lived off of take-out pizza and ramen noodles. This means there is no place to store a set of fine china, let alone two sets, which is what we recently found ourselves in possession of. When DH's mother passed away, DH inherited a beautiful set of Noritake china. Only 2 teacups and saucers are in use. The rest of the set resides in cardboard boxes in the back of our storage locker.
My grandmother recently decided that my sister was getting her silver and I was to get her good dishes. Ula and my mother packed up all the china and took it to my mother's house. The dishes are pretty, but we really don't have a place for another full set, so I took a single teacup and saucer as a souvenir and gave the rest to Ula. She will probably leave the dishes with my mother until she gets a place of her own, but that might not be very far in the future. She plans to graduate from college in May.

DH's mother's set of good china, Noritake is the maker, Candice is the design name:


My grandmother's set of good china (now belonging to Ula). The maker is Mikasa and the design is called Monte Carlo (470):


My reason for choosing to keep a cup and saucer, was that my grandmother used to have a display shelf in her den, where she kept a collection of pretty teacups and saucers.


Tammy said...

Gorgeous, all of it. I have a love for dishes, plates to be exact. Might have to do a post on it sometime soon. :)

Anet said...

Very pretty... no dainty china here at our house.

Just some hearty old stoneware. Sigh...

Crafty Crow