Thursday, September 28, 2006

I was reading a few blogs before bedtime last evening, and Libby, over at -A Simple Girl- (see my sidebar for addy) had a autumn valentine to share with us. The simple straight line stitching and primative "feel" got me to thinking about the appeal of line drawings. Sepia type color and the beauty of just a line.
Among my simple pleasures are brown and white English Ironstone. The little plate shown is the only one I have. Can't even remember where I found it to buy. Photo taken against my Rock Bottom Blues vintage fabric mini quilt. In the second picture, I'm showing you my ONLY tea cup. In all the years of collecting, it's the only one I've EVER found. And it
found at GoodWill for $2.49. Not a single chip out of it..*VBS*
The saucer is one of many I have, and is J.W. Hanley & Co. I prefer my ironstone to be from Johnson Brothers. But I will buy other companies except for Meakin. Their ink is a much deeper brown, and I don't care for it. I love the look of old faded ink in fine line penmanship. Back when penmanship was taught in schools and every young lady needed to be able to write an attractive hand. I've forgotten quite abit about Johnson Brothers, but I believe most of what I collect was made about 1850 and beyond. I'm not the least bit obsessive about it, and seem to go in "spurts"...buying nothing for years, and then adding some again. I'll show you the piece that got me started...but not til tomorrow..*VBS* Posted by Picasa

12 comments:

Hedgehog said...

I have a small collection of red, but the brown always tempts me!

Libby said...

What sweet pieces -- I have not seen these before, only blue. I am so easily drawn to earth tones *s*
I have two plates from California Pottery that depict a woman in the home -- one sweeping the other ironing. Based on the color and drawing style I would guess they are from the 40's. My mom always had them in the kitchen above the stove. My brother wanted them and that was fine. A few years passed and I received them as a Christmas gift. Seems he was not allowed to display them because his wife found them offensive *?* Sad for him -- happy Libby. I displayed them until one fell and chipped, fell again and broke. It's repaired but to avoid further damage I put them away. I check e-Bay from time to time to see if I can find them. No luck yet.

Dawn said...

Oh the saucer is my favorite piece! I can't wait to see what you have to show us tomrrow!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Hi Finn, I've been keeping up with you and your doings - just not leaving a comment. :-( I'm sorry! I do visit often, though!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Lovely Finn! I have see a lot of the red but not much at all of the brown!!! Its very pretty!

Angie said...

I love the first one, Finn! Isn't she adorable!! Can't wait to see more tomorrow. :)

Karen said...

Love the photos/china, Finn!

Sharon said...

I don't believe I've ever seen the browns before, Finn - but then of course, you make me see things differently now, so of course, I am certain the very next time out, I'll see them for sure! I love them!

Judy said...

I had hubby's grandmother greenware and packed it up to keep at my mom's and lost it. It's still in that house I just know it, but I've looked and can't find it to save my soul! Love the china. I collected tea cups and started with my nama's gold rimmed fancy ones. They are boxed up for the moment in the attic.

Maggie Ann said...

How beautiful and delicate. What a treasure...I'll think of you now if I see any...smile

Marcie said...

I love the Johnson Bros. also. I have some in red that was my mother-in-laws. Also two nice brown plates that are not JBs. I will put up a picture also! Love the darling cat quilt as well!

Lucy said...

What a great pieces. I love them and I am jealous !
Have we seen the quilt under the pieces??