Wednesday, October 7, 2009

VTT Little China Bits and Pieces

These are all circa 1970. Just vintage I think.

The first were gifts from my Mum, purchased in England when we were all there traveling around together, my Mum and Dad and youngest sister, DH and me and three oldest sons.
There is a little crazing on these, I guess that shows they have been well used? The handles on the spoon and knife are china too.
The brand information is clear- I use them for butter and jam.

During the same trip I purchased these two little dishes in Scotland as souvenirs, the Scottish Thistle is the National Emblem of that country. They are handy for butter and other condiments and I think they are very pretty,

Again, the brand is quite clear.


This last item may not seem strange, but these are rather different from ordinary forks, and were a very popular item in the 60-70's for buffet style entertaining. They were called "splayds" or "sporks"! Anyone remember them? This set [there are actually six of them] were won by my Mum at a tennis tournament over forty years ago so they have sentimental value as well as historical! These are really a blast from the past and we actually do use them.
Now swing over to Colorado Lady's blog to see the Vintage Thursday Thingies displays.


20 comments:

~~Carol~~ said...

That first set of china is so perfect for fall! And that second set is just plain gorgeous! I love the name of the pattern too. The English sure have always made the prettiest china, haven't they?!
Happy VTT!

LV said...

Regardless of their age those little dishes are very pretty. Their size makes them useful for a lot things. I do not believe I have ever seen forks like these. Nice job.

Elizabeth said...

I love your little dishes, especially those with the thistle.

Postcardy said...

I never heard of sporks or splayds, but they look very useful and I wish I had some.

Kathi Fly said...

Your china dishes are beautiful and I love the imprint on the back. The sporks are so funny. We got plastic ones in a fast food meal last weekend.

Maureen said...

Sporks! Too funny. Meant for dessert, yes?

marian said...

lovely little butter/jam dishes..i love the thistle designs!..i remember when splayds were the 'new' must haves :)

JEWELGIRL said...

I like your little floral china pieces. I always
buy them if I see them when I find them. cute!

jojo said...

pretty pieces...seems like I must be getting old..1970 is vintage now. I was looking on Etsy the other day and they had some vintage items from 1980 and I almost cried a little~~!

Debbie said...

The Scottish thistle plates are beautiful.

Miri said...

Lovely plates! and oh my, sporks!

JoJo's comment made me both laugh and cry :).

Ulla said...

I love the thistle design!

Diann @ the thirfty Groove said...

Oh, I just love all your items shown today!

Keetha Broyles said...

I LOVE those little dishes!!! LOVE them.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Sporks? I need to get out more...
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I love the little dishes, Ive seen alot of things called butter pats, especially in silver or silver plate. I think they are adorable! I've never gotten any because - oh well, you can just have so much.

Well at least thats what my family keeps telling me darn it!

happy vtt!

farmlady said...

All great vintage things. The little dishes are so sweet. I have a few and I use them for teabags after they come out of the tea cup. I think the original use, though, was as butter pats. Cute, no matter what the use.

Coloradolady said...

I really love the forks...you don't see them very often. The patterns are lovely on your little dishes. Love them.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful VTT!

Becky said...

Your dishes are so pretty and carry wonderful memories for you. Sporks?!? in stainless?!?! Who knew?

Happy VTT and thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

I love the first set of dishes, so fallish!