Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Mother's China

Mom used her china for all big events - family gatherings, graduations, first communions, etc.  I thought there was service for eight or twelve.  When I received the china though I only have service for six (exactly except only 2 coffee cups).  What's really neat about the set is it's in excellent condition (nary a chip or crack anywhere) and it  has many serving pieces - a gravy bowl, three meat platters, a large salad bowl, and another bowl with a lid which I can remember mom using for mashed potatoes.  I thought I remembered a sugar/creamer and a salt/pepper.  
I especially like the fall theme - I'm going to start setting it out in September and leave it through Thanksgiving. I have Christmas china that I currently set out every year and it will be set out when our tree goes up.  I would love to add to this set, and make it service for twelve, if it's still available.  
Does anyone recognize the china or the markings? The back says HGB in large letters and Bavaria in smaller print (all within the circle in the middle).  There is also in a red print (just to the right, above the circle) an 'A' and what looks like one number. You can enlarge the picture by clicking on it.  I have no clue as to the age or time frame of the china...I have no history behind it, it was just there for our enjoyment.

Technically this china belongs to my daughter but I'm storing it for her until she has a need or use for it.
Mary Post Warren
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  1. Love this post. I too have a set of my mom's "good dishes" and wrote about them on my 'other' blog way back when. I think I'll re use that post for this upcoming Treasure Chest Thursday! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the idea! -cindy

  2. Thanks Cindy, I'll be looking forward to reading it.

  3. Mary,
    My mother had several sets of dishes, but no really good set of China. However, one of her older sisters had a set of Spode dishes -- for 12, which I was the recipient. I always think these dishes are too good to use. Of course, when I had a herd of grandkids and their friends running thru the house, that was indeed true.

    i must rethink using these beautiful old dishes.
    Thanks for sharing about your mother's china.

  4. Thanks for your comment Joan. Actually I'm not positive this is china...on the back it says "Bavaria" so I 'assume' china. My Christmas dishes are Spode...I collected over the years. I also have a set of china that my hubby got in Germany (50 years ago) but many of the dinner plates are chipped or cracked.