I absolutely love the pattern on this this teacup. I donít know enough about china, etc. to identify. I would like to find more pieces to match, but itís been impossible since I donít know what Iím looking for, lol. I would love any ideas or suggestion for a possible id.
Thank you, Brigid. Isn't this forum great. I love looking at all the old stuff and great stories.
I've looked on ebay (trust me, a Lot)lol. The only thing I have to go on is putting "red transferware" in the search engine. Which can pull up thousands of results. It would be so much easier if I had more to go on, such as name of pattern or maker.
Thank you for replying tho, it bumps me to the top...increasing my odds for identity ; )
Anything for a friend. I guess you've tried putting in "DO" and "willow" to narrow it down.
I have service for 12 in Blue Willow, thanks to ebay. I had a tea set of it when I was little, and have always wanted the dishes. I need to look up the story, as I forget the details. I had a book of that legend back when I had the tea set.
Ever wish you could go back to when you were five and set aside stuff to keep until you were grown up, instead of finding your mother gave it all to a neighbor's kid while you were at camp?
Here you go... There are fancier versions, but they all come down to this basic story. I have a 12 place setting with pretty much all of the serving pieces, including some of the newer/non traditional ones. I fell in love with Blue Willow around age 5 and never fell out of love.
I love the red pattern you have - I sure hope you can find the name!
THANKS, tgif! I remember also a bit about the guards chasing the lovers -- they're the figures racing across the bridge from what I remember. It's just nice to have china that tells a whole story. I need to get it down in my head so I can tell my granddaughter next time she comes for tea. (I love having a GD who loves tea parties... have to take advantage of that while I can as it won't last long...)
brigid - You're right - Not long at all... Google Blue Willow Legend for more expanded versions and put together the best version in a permanent form - cross stitch, framed print, etc, and give it to your GD on her birthday or at Christmas.
And save her a set of your dishes (the ones you are using with her now) for when she has children of her own and then she can pass it along. Some would say its a little thing, but it can be a very *big* thing to her later!
Lulu - I don't think the pattern is related to blue willow. There *is* a red version, but it is the same pattern as the blue.
Willows don't flower like that. I am still combing my books, limited as they are, for anything that looks similar to the pattern or the mark. Don't give up yet - sooner or later, we're sure to find *something* that will give the hint needed to find the answer. It is such a pretty pattern - it needs to be saved!
It works fine! I can see three men (one with a lantern) chasing the lovers over the bridge. The ship is arriving with the betrothed. The fence goes down to a raging torrent of water and the fence goes halfway around the cup. The two birds are flying face to face.