Muffy:How fortunate you are to have such beautiful Christmas china, all we have in our house is Chinese ( made) Christmas everything!Thanks for sharing.
I adore the egg coddler in this pattern.http://www.presentations2go.co.uk/royalworc-1317315272-15073.jpg
Spode Christmas tree here. There's something about switching out the dishes in the cupboard on the first Sunday of Advent and getting out the Christmas music that is a wonderful start to the season. I wonder if the choice of Christmas dishes reflects some sort of personality trait? Enjoy the season and thank you for writing TDP.
Your Christmas china is so lovely! Who makes the pattern?It puts me in the Christmas spirit just looking at i!
What lovely china and silver! Your table will look beautiful.
Holly Ribbons is such a lovely Christmas pattern - so cheerful yet with understated elegance.
I love dishes and china and those are lovely! I don't have Christmas china due to lack of storage space, but I love to look at all the pretty patterns. Happy Holidays!
I love the Holly Ribbons pattern. That's one of my favorites.
We've got Pfaltzgraf basic Christmas stuff; I need to bring it up from the basement. It's nice having Christmas dinner ware. The Pfaltzgraf is very easy to deal with and add to, if we need to.Hoping to go to the Chicago Christkindlmarkt.
A nice set of Royal Worcester for the Holidays. Very festive. I'm buying place settings of Nantucket Basket for us as a Christmas gift.Thanks for sharing The Daily Prep with us.Cheers
"Real Silverware!" Better have some Noxon silver polish handy!Paul Connors
Beautiful Christmas China! Love the pattern, not too clever or cutesy, just classic and tasteful. --Holly in PA
May I ask what your silverware pattern is? Beautiful.
A stunning pattern---it is elegant and lovely. I love seeing what others have selected or inherited for in home use. I have a holly and berry pattern for formal with Fitz & Floyd Gregorian serving pieces. I am very fond of the Nordic Pfaltzgraff we use for everyday from now til the snow melts, usually by the end of February. Such pleasure there is in celebrating holidays with these and other traditions!
@Beth - I wish I knew! It was given to us by my husband's grandmother, but she is not alive to ask.
I believe your silver pattern is "Grape" by Whiting. Whiting made this silver pattern between 1850 and 1855. Whiting manufacturing was in north Attleboro Massachusetts.Whiting was a very prestigious early silver company.
Kathy, I'd share your guess. Whiting and Whiting/Gorham made much of Shreve, Crump and Low's silverware. I have Louis XV from SC&L. It was produced for them as well as Birks and several regional jewelers. I stopped by SC&L this summer to look at wedding bands and skipped out quickly when I realized how much the place has changed under new ownership.Muffy, Thanks for sharing your table with us. It's nice to see more than one pattern represented. I have lots of random monogrammed family silver that never gets used because it doesn't match my services. This year, I think I'll mix it up (at least the serving spoons).
You china is lovely. Did you buy it for yourselves, or did it belong to a mother or grandmother first? I wish I had thought to ask for my grandmother's china when she passed away. Hardly anyone asks for china when they get married now, do you notice that? That used to be a given, but tha last three weddings I went to, not one of the couples had registered for china or silver. They did however ask for flat screen televisions and video game systems. YUCK! Tacky in my opinion.
@Kathy - Thank you so much! I had never given the pattern much thought, aside from the fact that I liked it, but will now. @Anonymous - I haven't been in SC&L in a while and it is sad to hear that it has changed. It always had that faded, slightly dusty feel which I liked so much. It was the only store with which we registered and hence a lot of our wedding gifts came from there. And I too have a lot of old family silver in various patterns, some matching, some not, resulting in a harmonious eclecticism, which I prefer.
@Susan R - Most of it we bought ourselves. I so agree with your sentiments about the wedding gifts - they should last at least twenty years, not twenty months.
Ah, if only most of the marriages these days lasted more than 20 months! We are rareties in the 20+ years category. Cheers!
Having everything match is so, well, middle class. And I have also known many couples who bought a lot in a short time, to the same flat effect. This is especially true of new items, but even when couples buy from antique shops and auctions. We all have blind spots that don't become obvious until a few years have passed.
I'm recently married but we didn't register for China. I inherited it from my grandmother. We registered for every day tableware, linens, kitchen things, etc. No flat screens. I agree that's a bit tasteless, but not the lack of china in and of itself.
You say middle class as if that's an insult.
Being middle class is not an insult. Having middle class taste is.
"Anonymous" I think that's a debatable assertion. Me, I would LOVE to have a Ford Model A for messing around town in. Surely a middle class hoopty-mobile if there ever was one.
It's very American to declare oneself middle class, even if it's obviously a ridiculous statement.But yes, buying a lot in a short time frame usually results in a bad look. It reminds me of that funny scene in Downton Abbey where Mary asks Richard Carlisle how they will furnish their new house and he suggests they buy everything..."Your people buy, my people inherit."
Am still dismayed by the earlier comment " having middleclass taste is an insult." I never believed that good tastewas determined by social or economic class but rather anindividual trait, usually accompanied by a genuine senseof graciousness.
This is "anonymous" at 10:25pm, the one who commented about SC&L and refrains from class labels... @Muffy SC&L, since they were purchased and moved, just isn't the same. Too new. Too polished. Gauche, perhaps? And, the staff that offered to help me would have been better suited to a mall chain store. It used to be an experience. The good news is that Firestone and Parson is just up the way.
Reading some of the comments here makes me glad to be middle class.
I will probably always be middle-class from an income perspective, but I hope never to be middle-class from a taste perspective. I shudder whenever I look at the gift card display at my local grocery store, not knowing what my wife or I would even do with one from: Kohl's, American Eagle Outfitters, Sephora, Outback Steakhouse, Applebee's, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn, Dave & Busters, Under Armour, Cheesecake Factory; Chili's, iHop, Nordstrom, Ruby Tuesday, T.G.I.F., GameStop, or Forever 21, just to name a few. I just have to go to an airport to be inspired to have higher standards.
Whatever happened to high brow, low brow, middle brow?
Me, I'm just in favor of GOOD GEAR. Stuff that's well-made, can take some abuse, works well and looks good. The best example of this is a pair of Vasque hiking boots that lasted me for about 30 years. Oh, and a Pentax camera that's lasted longer. I think one reason so many, many people dislike stuff from China is that they take a good brand name and make the product with plastic schlock and jiggles, instead of real materials.
THE SOCIETY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF NEW ENGLAND?Wonder what Groucho would have made of that.Jonny (from the real England)
He might have said I have half a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it. But then, I'm not a New Englander myself.Who here will speak for the founding mothers?
Royal Worcester "Holly Ribbons" is a nice pattern. Lenox "Holiday" is equally nice, which is what we've always used. Cheers!
Impecable taste, as always, Muffy.
Dear Muffy - lovely china. Such pretty photos of it also.I believe I have seen on your blog that you are fond of Portmeiron - I thought of you this past week when my mother gifted me some Portmeiron Holly and Ivy. Cannot wait to use it this Christmas season.
@seashoreknits - I have a bit of that. It is lovely.
I must disagree about the whole middle class,statements. Todays middle class is just trying, to pay the electric bill to keep the lights on. Im 42, we have china for christmas, and lenox everything, yet i know of no one, my age who even knows lenox. Most middle class today are staying up late at night , wondering what cool tattoo, to get next. Middle class has changed my friends.
My mother has a very similar pattern--always a special time when it comes out after Thanksgiving.
People sometimes forget that all individuals possess characteristics that could be assigned to social classes other than the one they resemble the most.It's also easy to denounce others' questionable practices as vulgar or tacky, but to cheerfully declare our own bad habits "eccentric" or "quirky". :)To paraphrase (or possibly quote) Evelyn Waugh, "Everyone draws the line of demarcation immediately below his own heels."
I am selling my beautiful Holly Ribbons due to downsizing. Great prices, made in England - like new condition. Please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake Forest, IL4/2013
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