Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Vintage Dogwood Dishes


My mother had these dishes when I was growing up. They are nostalgic for me. I bought these at an antique shop some time ago. I gave them to my daughter and thought I would do a tablescape at her house using them  but time passed and that never happened. I kept thinking about these dishes and asked if I could bring them home and do a table. I think that was two years ago and now I have finally done a table. The vision in my head for a tablescape had to include fresh dogwood flowers. So this year I found flowers at the right time and got a table together.
I love the shape of the cup and saucer.
 The dogwoods were found in the woods. I felt so blessed to find any. Anthracnose has killed all the dogwoods in my yard and they have suffered severe damage in our area.
Aren't the blossoms beautiful? 
The glasses I'm guessing are probably from the '60s or '70s. I haven't checked that. I drank a lot of sweet tea from them at my MIL's home. I just googled dixie dogwood dishes and found the glasses that were handpainted that went with these dogwood dishes.  Here is the link. They are so pretty and delicate so it is amazing there are still some out there!
 The tablecloth was loaned to me by my dear friend, Charlotte. I thought it was just what the dishes needed. 
The silverplate flatware is Simeon L. and George Rogers Company. I had to use a magnifying glass to read it. I was pleased to find the silverplate flatware in a Liz Claiborne shoebox that my MIL had given me a number of years ago. It was badly in need of polishing. I felt I needed flatware that was a little vintage for this tablescape but  after googling I think it is older than the dishes.
The dogwood dishes were made by two companies.  I have four plates and two say Dixie Dogwood handpainted by Joni. The others just say handpainted and underglazed. 
If you can't read this above, it says, "The legend of Dogwoods dates back to the Crucifixion. Early lore likens the dogwood petals, shaped like a cross and stained with red, to the Cross of Calvary. "
The other company was Blue Ridge/ Southern Potteries. The prices vary and some sources say vintage 1950's and others say vintage 1940's. It was interesting to read on one plate it was oven proof.
I saw the sugar and creamer online and they are such a cute shape. I can visualize sitting at the breakfast table and my parents putting sugar and cream in their coffee. 


By the way, I was happy to find the fourth napkin that  I mentioned  I could not find in this tablescape last summer.
Seems like I have been reminiscing a lot recently. Is that a sign of getting older? I have fond memories of picking dogwoods in the woods around Easter as a child that I blogged about in an Easter tablescape here.
Easter is this Sunday. May this Holy Week be especially meaningful to you this year. Have a blessed Easter. He is Risen!

Joining : Celebrate and Decorate  Tablescape Thursday     

7 comments:

  1. Just so refreshing Bonnie! Love the dishes. Of course you know my name is Cindy and I am a dishaholic? LOL! Love the warm and yet refreshing feeling that your beautiful tablescape gives me. Your flatware is so pretty too. I am in need of buying more flatware but never seem to come across a deal with a decent price. But I keep looking. The legend of the Dogwood always makes me smile. I was gifted an 80 piece set of dishes and can't wait to show you all. Happy Resurrection Day to you dear Bonnie. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. That's so pretty, Bonnie. The lore of the dogwood is so compelling, and your vintage table setting really is a bright ending to a sufferable week in history (and reality). Happy Easter.

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  3. Bonnie, your vintage dogwood dishes are a treasure! Not only beautiful but hold special memories for you. The cloth is the perfect backdrop for the dishes with it's pretty checked pattern. The glasses and silver add the perfect touch to complete your setting. The dogwood with it's own special meaning is beautiful. I'm sorry to hear about the damage to these trees there. Blessings to you and your family during this Holy Week!

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  4. Bonnie, your dishes are lovely. They are wonderful memories for you and it so special they remain in your family. They set a cheerful table.
    It is sad about the disease killing the dogwoods in your area. Our area has suffered a disease killing our beautiful birch trees.
    Wishing you and your family abundant blessings this Easter.

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  5. Bonnie, what a beautiful and memorable tablescape. The dogwood dishes are so lovely and I have never seen this pattern before. The tablecloth sets the dishes, napkins, and glasses off so perfectly. It seems that the dogwoods have been more beautiful this spring than ever before and I hope the disease doesn’t travel up here. It is so sweet to think of your parents using the sugar and creamer with their coffee. Wishing you a most blessed Easter.

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  6. It's a fabulous vintage pattern and perfect with the live dogwood too. Love the tablecloth, glasses, too. It really works so beautifully together and screams SPRING!

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  7. I simply LOVE dogwoods. Your table and vintage plates are perfect for an Easter celebration. Well done!

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