Before I tell this story, I need to set the table for you. My friends and followers know how much I love dishes and "stuff" and how I have tried to replace some of the items my grandmother and mother had. I also wanted transferware but just couldn't decide what color I wanted.
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I found the candlesticks in Arcadia, FL which has an Old West feel with lots of antique shops. The candlesticks were made by Fostoria and the pattern is Queen Ann which later became Colonial. And in the back of the store on a bottom shelf were the dishes. Transferware! Yup and it had all the colors so I didn't have to choose. There were luncheon plates, cups and saucers, fruit bowls, bread plates and one serving bowl. The dishes are Woods Ware and the pattern is English Countryside. I follow Nancy Daily Dish. Nancy is the queen of transferware so I quickly checked her Etsy shop and she had some of this pattern. She had dinner plates, soup or salad bowls and an oval platter. She doesn't have them any more....
I found the sherbets covered with dust in another shop. They are needle etched. I love the green base. I will look for some goblets to add just a little more green to this setting which I know I will uses again. The glass plate underneath is American by Fostoria as are the water goblets.
The wine goblets are Kent York by Val St. Lambert and although not terribly old are a nice match for the table setting.
While we were waiting for one of the stores to open, we went into another store. I like to look through the silverplate flatware and look for some of the patterns that I remember and that my gram had. There was a chest with a service for 8 in a lovely pattern. It was very reasonable and shortly thereafter was mine. I came home and went through my book and there it was. Replacements.com was my stop and listed all the pieces made in this pattern. I had them all but the cake and pie server. The name of the pattern is Fortune.
I love the fact that the design is on the back as well.
I keep my silver in plastic bags and store it on a shelf in my dish closet. I thought I would just check and see if I had a pie server that would look nice with my new pattern. I certainly did. My grandmother had the matching pie server. I was thrilled. I happily set the table with my new dishes and silver. I used pieces that had belonged to my grandmother as well.