|Crown Burslem Pitcher Staffordshire, England|
|Antique Hand-Painted Teapot|
Mistake #1, I took my Maid of Honor, Lisa with me to make my bridal registry selections. Now I LOVE Lisa, but our tastes are not exactly the same. I picked out some dishes that I adored. I loved them; I wanted them, I NEEDED them, but Lisa did not like them. In fact, I think her exact words were, “You’re not getting those granny dishes are you? Those are horrible. And if you buy those dishes, your life will be completed ruined; you will be miserable, fat, unhappy and friendless.” Maybe those weren’t her exact words, but that is what she was thinking, and she added a long meaningful stare to communicate her full meaning. I felt so much pressure. I wondered if maybe she was right.
Mistake #2, I doubted myself. I caved. We kept looking and I picked up another set of dishes, meekly suggesting, “If I can’t have those other ones, I guess these might work.” I showed the dishes to Lisa to determine if I indeed did like them. She nodded approvingly that yes I DID like these. These were “good” dishes, these were “acceptable” and would bring me great happiness, or something like that.
|Mikasa Classic Elegance|
Over the years I would longingly look at Desert Rose dishes any time I was in a store that sold dishes (which is a lot, as you can see from these photos from my house.)
|Antique French Armoire with Silvering Removed from Mirror|
|Antique Hand-Painted Syrup Pitcher|
I had a few love affairs (buying a Desert Rose salad plate here, a teacup there) but at the end of the day, I would go home to the dishes I was married to, Stafford Blue. These dalliances would have to do because I already had a full set of dishes (73 in all) and well I was stuck, until recently. A few months ago, I was in a store that sells dishes (shocking, right?) and did a double-take. What was wrong with my dear, sweet Desert Rose dishes? They looked horrible and cheap. The color was all wrong and the hand painted detail was gone. They looked like they belonged in a Dollar Store. Then it hit me; they are making them in CHINA. I am sure China is a nice place, but they were ruining my Desert Rose dishes. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself. The first plate is the “Made in China” plate and the second one was “Made in England.”
|Made in China|
|Made in England|
I admit that I panicked a little. Was it already too late for me? Had my fate been sealed all those years ago? I know that you can divorce a husband but can you “divorce” your plates? And I wanted the good stuff, not this new, cheap imitation stuff. I realized that if I was ever going to have Desert Rose dishes (the Made in England ones) I had better move fast. I just “happened” to be in a store that sold dishes and there they were…. MY DISHES. I had found them…a service for 12, used but in excellent condition, and these are the good kind, the “made in England” kind. I bought them on the spot.
|Breakfast Room Buffet|
|English Chintz Cups and Saucers|
|More dishes (antique and new) on the shelves above the wet bar|