What would you say to your family if you only had a week to live? For my MIL, that week came, and one of the few things she said to me was that she wanted me to keep her dishes, silver, crystal and good furniture. Although it may seem odd that her focus was on her dishes that last week, in a way, this request didn’t surprise me at all. I knew it was important to her that we like love her stuff. She wanted us to cherish her things long after her death. She wanted her things to be handed down to her grandchildren, and then to their grandchildren. This was no small order, since she had 6 sets of dishes. Yes, six, and I have 5. Even I realize that 11 sets of dishes is too many. So I had to choose the ones that were the best. I selected the white ironstone and Johnson Brothers dishes.
The Johnson Brothers white gravy boat is part of the set of Johnson Brother’s dishes we inherited. This set is vintage, and not nearly as old as the antique ironstone pitcher and bowl. My MIL never bought anything second hand, so I knew that all of the old things in her house had to be handed down to her from her family. This pitcher and bowl are old family pieces.
The family tureen is also an antique. Sadly, it lost it’s lid long ago, but still has lots of patina and charm.
These crystal stems are also from my MIL, although these are some of the newer ones. I’ll show you the crystal from the 1940’s later.
This dough bowl is one of two that were my MIL’s. They are also family items.
Here’s a look at the whole table.
The small lidded tureen is a vintage one purchased form eBay, and the new tablecloth is Waverly.