Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Family Heirloom China

A few years ago I was contacted by a woman who is a relative on my husband's side that I have never met.  She had a china set that she wanted to go to someone that would keep it in the family.  I was thrilled that she called me. 

The china is Havilland France and it is the most lovely, delicate china I have ever seen.  The cups are so thin they are translucent.  I'm not sure how they have survived so long.  I guess she really loved and took care of them, as I will!

The set has SOOO many plates.  Even these itty bitty tiny ones.  I have no idea what they are for.  If anyone knows, please tell me.  I'm dying to know. 

Enjoy this family heirloom tablescape.

For more really great tablescapes, visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. Oh Jen... I love it too!! I'm not sure about the tiny plates but think they were for salt.

  2. Beautiful ... and so important because of the family connection. The tiny plate is a butter pat ... and you'll probably find that you have tiny bowls that were used as finger bowls ... usually put on the table during Edwardian times at the end of a meal, when serving fruit ... sticky fingers! Love the clean, fresh look of this china!

  3. How wonderful that she found you and gave you such a treasure, especially since you really appreciate it. It is a lovely set of dishes and so versatile.

  4. This is my favorite table this week...I ♥♥♥ the white with the little bit of green...beautiful!

  5. Oh, these dishes are gorgeous and such an interesting story how they came to you!!! I notice that Debbie already told you those little dishes are butter pats. Isn't it just amazing how there were dishes for every reason?

    Lovely table!!!

  6. Your lovely Haviland pattern is Ranson, Schleiger #1. The Ranson blank was used with thousands of different painted patterns, too. It was also a popular blank with china painters, for years. There are a number Ranson look alikes made by other manufacturers, mostly Bavarian. They look the same, but may vary in size, and they are never as transluscent. I think that I see the oatmeal bowl on your table. It's probably one of the more valuable pieces in your set, and somewhat difficult to find. If you will check eBay, you will usually find a catalog of different pieces in the Ranson pattern, & you can really learn what you have. The book will probably sell for around $25.00. The tiny plate is a butter pat. It was made in a variety of sizes...all small. I have a set of Ranson, and I've also bought a set for my daughter. I use it often, and it is always lovely. You have been truly blessed with this beautiful set of china. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  7. This is absolutely beautiful! I just love the green and white. You have so many cute ideas, can't wait to see more.


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