Had a great happening at the thrift store today, almost did not go, I do not go often these days. And there waiting for me was a great amount of one of my dish patterns, Wedgewood flying cloud in red. It is English made, since the 1960's when I bought my first of it. It will not take a dishwasher or microwave but crazes badly when used that way. It is a cheaper version of the classic Spode pattern Tradewinds, now discontinued I believe, as it has a real gold edge on it. I have but do not use a small service of the tradewinds which is made with the earlier shapes of Chinese export porcelain, with a helmet shape to the creamer and so on. I love many of the 20th century English Spode patterns which are copied from 18th century ones, green Fitzhugh, and Indian tree and on and on. I keep my kitchen cupboards always at the bursting point and enjoy setting a pretty table. When we were buying at estate sales Jack used to grin in resignation and say "We never met a dish we didn't like!"
Above are the ones I added today to an already good size service.
Spode Indian Tree, made in England and now in China.
Tonquin bought in the 1960's, looks nice in the kitchen of this house now.
And a basic blue, Spode Italian recntly out of China at a great rate.
The blue is not happy in my gray/green kitchen and I have passed most of it on to the daughters except a small set. Beth, Sarah and Cheryl all have some of the same things I do in glassware and china so we can borrow back and forth, with Beth having a large amount of Spode's Christmas tree and Sarah having the lovely Spode Woodland. We are out of step with the times but even dinosaurs can laugh and play. e