Hey! We’re back after being away for a couple of months. I want to thank everyone who has been patiently checking back to see if we’ve posted anything new. To be perfectly honest, the blog has taken a back seat while we tended the store and produced a new website. Our dealers have been working overtime trying to keep ahead of all all of our loyal customers. Our sales are way up over last year and we appreciate each and every one of you. We have also launched a brand new look to our website. Please take a few moments to check it out at www.AClassyFlea.com.
First, I’d like to thank Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for being our gracious host for Tablescape Thursday. If you didn’t get here from there, please be sure to click on the link and see her tablescape and then go on and look at the others that are participating this week!
Yes, I am lucky to be able to walk through the entire store, searching for inspirations to guide me on my tablescape. As I was walking through the store yesterday (Tuesday) I saw 2 different tables that would be perfect. When I came in today to take pictures, they were sold, and gone! Both of them! So, starting over today, I was really getting stumped because we have sold so many tables recently. What I did come across, though, was a set of old china stacked in one of the china cabinets. Here was my inspiration! (you can click on any of the pictures to see enlarged views.)This is Crown Ducal Ware in the A1476 pattern. More on the china later.
I found this crystal glassware in another cabinet. Four different sizes and I don’t know what each are used for. It may even be inappropriate to mix these but it only matters how they look. And they look marvelous!
After I first assembled the table, one of the dealers said “I have the perfect rug!” So, we disassembled the tablescape, moved the table to the rug and put it back together. And, yes, the rug does complement the china.
One of the interesting things about this china is even though it was purchased from the same person (it was her Grandmother’s), and all of the pieces are of the same pattern, there are actually three different marks found on the back. Crown Ducal was actually a trade name for the A. G. Richardson and Company, Ltd. This pottery was founded in 1915 in Tunstall, in the Staffordshire area of England. The mark on the top left dates to around 1925, while the mark on the top right was used beginning in 1932. The lower mark was not introduced until the late 1940’s, but you can clearly see the 1476 pattern number on the two more recent marks.
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