Vintage Feature – Three Vintage China Patterns and their West Virginia Connection

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As I have researched the vintage china patterns I have collected for Southern Vintage Table, I have also learned about the companies that designed them. Here are three wonderful vintage china patterns with variations of lovely pink flowers. The three patterns were produced near West Chester, West Virginia by three different pottery companies, none of which are in business today.

Rosebud Bouquet by Harker Pottery Company

I remember the first piece of Harker Pottery I found years ago when I was collecting plates to break for my mosaic projects. The pattern was teal green and had this rope design around the rim. I fell in love with it, and even though it had obvious defects, I could never bring myself to break it. Since then, I have collected more Harker pieces and still marvel at their story. Touted as the oldest pottery company in the United States, Harker Pottery started in a log cabin in 1840 in East Liverpool, Ohio. In the 1930s, it moved to Chester, West Virginia and remained in business until the early 1970s. This pattern, part of a series called Royal Gadroon, was popular during the 1940s-1950s.

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Rosebud Bouquet by Harker

Green Arbor by Continental Kilns

This lovely hand painted pattern was one of the first pieces I found for my vintage china rental business,  Southern Vintage Table.  I love not only the raised design but also the pink and green color combination.  Continental Kilns was based in West Virginia and operated during the 1940s through the late 1950s.

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This vintage china pattern features hand painted flowers.

Appalachian Heirloom by Taylor, Smith & Taylor

I remember the day I found a set of this china pattern at the thrift store. They were dusty, dirty and priced to sell. When I brought them home and washed them, the stunning beauty of the pattern emerged. The company, Taylor, Smith & Taylor, existed from 1899 until the early 1980s in Chester, West Virginia. I couldn’t find the date of this pattern but I believe it’s from the 1950s.

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The band of dark teal sets off the pink flowers of this vintage china pattern.

Three beautiful vintage china patterns, all produced in West Virginia by three different pottery companies, are part of our dinner table past. Pieces from each of these vintage patterns are available for your next gathering from Southern Vintage Table!

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Vintage Feature – Remember the ’60s Jingle, “Mix and match, it’s fun to do…” ?

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These three floral vintage china patterns are lovely!

Okay, I’m revealing my age a bit, something that doesn’t bother me at all, but this 60s jingle has stuck with me for over 50 years!  I was really into Barbie when I was young and I loved to change her outfits.  “Mix and match, it’s fun to do, what Barbie wears is up to you…” spoke to me as a young girl of the 1960s.

Well, this jingle now goes perfectly with the table philosophy of Southern Vintage Table – love to mix and match patterns in every color, in any pattern from every decade. It’s like bringing together generations of families who sat at their dinner table throughout the century.  Mix and match is still fun to do!

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The vintage glass bowl gives you a peek of the rose in the china pattern underneath!
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Three charming vintage patterns look sweet!

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Mixing and matching three fabulous brown vintage china plates!

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Vintage Feature – Wisdom from Ronald Reagan

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All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
– Ronald Reagan  (www.brainyquote.com)

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The perfect setting for great conversation with this beautiful blue vintage china patterns!

Southern Vintage Table is ready to help you plan for your upcoming events this fall.  Have a wedding, anniversary, birthday party, baby shower or a dinner party coming up?  Let us help you set the table and get the conversation started!

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Vintage Feature: The Blue Vintage China Table

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Clementine would be pleased that her Blue Willow teapots will be enjoyed by many admirers of her favorite china pattern.

What do The Andy Griffith Show, The Munsters and old Westerns have in common?  Well, yes, they are all midcentury classic television but there’s something even cooler – they share a common dining table setting,  the Blue Willow vintage china pattern. These famous shows set their table with this blue and white pattern because it is crisp, vintage and full of history. First designed in the 18th century, Blue Willow has been on generations of family dining tables and continues to be popular today.  Read more about this fascinating pattern on Wikipedia.

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As told in the Blue Willow legend, star-crossed lovers were transformed into doves after their tragic deaths. According to Wikipedia, these birds did not appear on the early willow patterns.

There’s something special about blue vintage china that many folks appreciate.  Blue Willow features dark indigo against white that’s so striking. Blends of light blue vintage china are soothing and inviting.  Vintage turquoise has a romantic flair while blues with greens, pinks and yellows present a cheery table.

Whether it’s the classic blue and white vintage china table setting, a myriad of blue vintage china stoneware patterns or a mingling of soft elegant blue vintage china patterns, your guests will love it.  Check out more blue vintage china patterns available at Southern Vintage Table on our Pinterest Board! plate

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A Vintage Feature – “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra

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Beautiful vintage stainless steel flatware patterns!

Especially if it’s vintage!  These vintage stainless steel beauties are mid century patterns, mostly made in Japan.  I love the engraved patterns and when they are mixed and matched, the place setting is delightful!  Did you know that the knife was the first piece of flatware to be invented?  You probably would have guessed that one…

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These early and mid century silver plated flatware patterns are also very lovely!   The process of adding a layer of silver, called silver plating, was invented in the mid 1800s in England.   This process has allowed many of us to enjoy the beautiful sheen of silver on our dinner table.

Southern Vintage Table has both stainless and silver-plated flatware available along with our vintage china, glassware and linens.

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A Vintage Feature – We Love Toes and a Foot – On Dishes!

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I have always loved dishes that stood tall off the table.  They had a regal air about them with their straight pedestal and flared foot.  As a child I didn’t know they were called compotes or footed dishes, I just knew I liked them.

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Footed dishes (some folks call them compotes or pedestal dishes but I like footed way better) come in all shapes, colors and sizes

Now the toed dishes – they are just cute!  Some have pudgy toes and others are long and lean, but nonetheless, they add an adorable factor to the dish.

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Toed dishes

When I’m out looking for new dishes for Southern Vintage Table, I can’t resist ones with a foot or ones with toes.  They just add elegance to the tablescape that everyone appreciates.  Here is a full view of some of our footed and toed serving dishes in our collection and be sure to check out more photos on our Pinterest board.

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We have an extensive collection of these beautiful serving dishes!

These as well as beautiful vintage china, glassware, linens and flatware are available from Southern Vintage Table!

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