Friday, 30 December 2016

My China Cabinet and Royal Doulton Minden.

You can tell it’s that period between Christmas and New Year, I have no crafts to show you, so I am desperately trying to fill a few posts to cover it!
Over the past few weeks I have told you the story of how my flat has come together over the past six months, now I thought I would bore you even more with the minutiae of what I have actually put in my cupboards!
Royal Doulton Minden 1Royal Doulton Minden 2
Once The Castle was sold I made the decision that I wouldn’t take any of my day to day Ikea tableware with me, instead I offered it all to Lu, as she was moving at the same time with virtually nothing and it was gratefully accepted,  however there was a rhyme and reason to my madness.
Royal Doulton 4About ten or so years ago my Mother In Law gave me what was left of her “old” tableware.  It’s Royal Doulton, Minden design, Art Deco and dates back to the 1930’s. I had always loved it as the pattern reminded me of Mabel Lucie Attwell for some reason, but Shelia hated it!  She had inherited it from her family when she was a young housewife and dreamed of having a modern 50’s/60s design, but found herself stuck with old fashioned Royal Doulton, and so did her level best to break it, in the hope of one day eventually “needing” that new set!!!
Royal Doulton Minden 5That day came, and what was left was put in the back of the cupboard, not to see the light of day again until I came along.  When she asked if I would like it, there was no way I was going to say no, but though I loved it, I was frightened to use it, so it only came out for Christmas Day!!!!
royal doulton minden 3But, when I moved I decided that it was stupid to have something I never used, especially as storage was of a premium, so I was now going to use it on a daily basis, come what may.  At the time I had a quite a few dinner plates of varying sizes,  three oval platters, two cups and saucers and three vegetable tureens.  Then I got two Ikea cabinets that needed filling …… and that, was my downfall!!!!
Royal Doulton Minden 6I started looking on e-bay to see if there were any pieces for sale, and I started collecting!  An awful lot of pieces were right out of my price range, but slowly and surely a few things started to appear that I felt I could bid on and so my collection grew.  I have tried to collect eight each of the basics, cups, saucers, plates and bowls, and then added serving bowls, tea plates, teapots, jugs and soup bowls. 
13872808_10207740105275542_8246021016634423568_nThe teapots and cups and saucers are (were) the hardest items to find, in particular, the teapots proved to be the most expensive to buy, in fact I had to go to Etsy for the largest teapot. I have been very careful with my bidding, setting a limit, only getting carried away with one small teapot, and as a result had a few real bargains. I don’t think I need anything else, but as the original range was huge, I still look, but have found that the rarer, more unusual pieces are usually well out of my price range.
Evesham Cream Tea .I can now to set a table for all occasions and with friends coming over from Wolverhampton I am also slowly perfecting my Evesham cream tea.
It’s lovely to have beautiful things, but what’s the point if they are never used?


Cheryl W said...

Oh, my gosh, Helen, your table looks like it should be an ad in a furniture or food magazine (or both!) It's beautiful! Your home is beautiful, your dishes are beautiful and your spirit is beautiful! :)

I never did have a set of real china, so I opted to go to thrift shops and pick up china place settings for cheap whenever I could. Now when I set my "company" table, each place setting is unique. My grandchildren have their favorites, which change as they grow older. Thank you for sharing this. It's so much fun to see all the wonderful things you've done and continue to do to make a home for yourself.

PharmacyMichele said...

What a beautiful tea set-far too pretty to be hidden in a cupboard. Perfect idea to use it and let everyone see it.


tilly said...

what beautiful China, no use having nice stuff if you don't use it, I have had mine for 30 years and added to it from ebay, it is Colclough Royale and it is used every weekend and when visitors come

misteejay said...

Your china looks lovely in the cupboards and makes a fabulous display on the table. How lovely that you have been able to find some additional pieces for your collection.
Toni xx

Pamela said...

That's so lovely that the china has been 'rescued' and put to good use. Well done on finding matching pieces and on having the courage to use it.

valerie goodrick said...

I also have that China and I love it. Mine came from my mother in law, it had belonged to her husband and his first wife and she refused to use it, leaving it in the back of a cupboard till I fell in love with it. I tend not to use it as it doesn't go in the dishwasher, never thought of looking for any extra pieces, I may well do so now xxx