(Sort of) Found Friday #39: Not Quite Fine China

I more or less inherited these little decorative plates after my grandmother died. My dad’s mom, that is.

I don’t remember a time when these weren’t hanging over the stove in her kitchen, and I always liked them. Graham had to be convinced to hang them in our house, but I put my foot down. Fond memories make a house a home.

I hadn’t really thought much about them for years until I saw a post over on Suzassippi’s Lottabusha County Chronicles, talking about her fondness for fruit motifs and small town variety. Yet another thing we share, it seems.

I don’t really know much about these plates. There’s no maker’s label on them, other than a sticker that they were made in Japan, and I don’t know where my grandmother picked them up or how long she had them. But they certainly have a place in my house.

Funny, how little things can become beloved heirlooms, isn’t it?

10 thoughts on “(Sort of) Found Friday #39: Not Quite Fine China

      • As usual, Katie, I could not stop myself from searching! Apparently during the mid-century period and even earlier, Japan exported pottery with paper stickers (as did some in the US, like Fenton, for example.) It is possible the sticker was lost to the ravages of time. Among the companies who produced similar products were Enesco, Ucagco, Ardco, Norcrest, and Trimont, plus some without any markings. The fruit motif as pictured was in many of the plates, and either the same brush stroke gold trim or similar, with and without the embossed scrolls. It was a popular piece judging on the variations I located on Etsy, Ebay, and other sites. I suspect what you most want to know is when and how your grandmother got them. They still appear to be in pristine condition, though, and I raise a glass to you for hanging them on your wall–they are beautiful (aka “fancy.”)

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      • I love, love, love that you found all this information!! Thank you!! My parents are actually in town this weekend, and so I was able to share this with my dad. It made him smile. 🙂 He remembers them fondly, too.

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