Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grandma Rachel's Wedding China

For my first Tablescape Thursday, I am featuring my paternal grandmother's wedding china, which I inherited along with a list in her handwriting cataloging all the various pieces.  I have a mostly complete service for 24, along with three round and two oval serving bowls, platters in several sizes, sugar and creamer, and my favorite piece, a round covered butter dish.  The pattern is Heinrich H&C Admiral, but I have not been able to find out when it was made.  Grandma Rachel married in 1927.

Today's table is set for four in the dining room, and I'm using the cutwork placemats my daughter brought me from her honeymoon trip to Ireland, as well as some green linen-look napkins.  I don't have any gold-rimmed crystal (yet!), so I'm using my Lenox Moonspun.  The silver is Lunt Belvedere, and the simple centerpiece is a vase of pink tulips.
Here's a closer look at a placesetting.  The pattern includes lots of color, and I've used it with pink napkins and flowers in the spring and gold in the fall.  I had never noticed the little blue flowers on it until I took these closeups!
Even closer...

Here's a look at a teacup with one of two gravy boats in the background.  (Southerners need lots of gravy!)
And here's my favorite, the covered butter dish.  I also have Grandma Rachel's wooden butter mold, but that's perhaps for another post!
And here's my first attempt at a bird's eye view of the table.
I am linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks, Susan, for hosting this weekly event that brings us so much pleasure!


  1. OMGosh...those dishes are magnificent. Your table is just stunning. I love your vase of pretty flowers. NOW...I am about to have a hissy fit to know what your beautiful flatware is. O, it is just breathtaking!
    xo bj

  2. Yes, your table is stunning! I love the color combination of your china, gorgeous. Can't wait to see how you will be topping this table in coming weeks. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Those dishes and your entire table setting are amazing. Love how you put things together.

  4. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! Your Grandma Rachel's china looks beautiful on your tablescape this week. You've set a beautiful and elegant table and your placemats and silver and china compliment the look. The simple tulips are lovely, yet they don't detract from the beauty of those colors in the china. How special to have your grandmothers dishes -- I'm sure she would be pleased. Hope one of my grandgirls will want my things one day and enjoy them as you do.

    Hope to be invited to your table again soon.

  5. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! I'm so glad you decided to participate. Your grandmother's china is beautiful. I've never seen this pattern before. The colors are great! It's somehow both modern and charmingly old fashioned. You're fortunate to have so many nice serving pieces.

    Your photographs are really nice; I particularly liked the overhead shot. The tulips look really dramatic in that one ... very sculptural!

    Hope the rest of your week goes well.

    Warm regards,

  6. The china is beautiful, but I covet your Irish placemats!
    Love the name of your blog!
    Lovely table, T!

  7. Hi,
    What a lovely table. Your Grandma Rachels wedding china is delightful. I always count people lucky to inherit such lovely things.
    Your table is so elegant and your tulips, well, I just love tulips.
    Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing.

  8. That is gorgeous china!! How wonderful to have place settings for 24!! I love things that have been in the family, so that makes it even more special!!

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your china, it is just beautiful, what a treasure you have.

  10. Lucky-Dog~Lucky-Dog!♥ How wonderful to inherit such treasures! I hope my DGD appreciates all my things as much when I'm dead & gone.

    Everything is just lovely but I am especially drawn to your Irish cut-work linens. AWESOME! ♥ ♥ ♥

  11. Oh, your China is so lovely! I love that your Grandmother kept a catalog! Something I really should do with all my Treasures from our families. I am in love with the placemats! Lucky you to have a wonderful daughter to give such a lovely gift! I simply love the tulips with this setting! The flatware is so pretty! Thanks for stopping in to visit me for Tea Time Tuesday.

  12. Your table is lovely, Tricia! You are using tulips, too! They really make a table look pretty.

    I love your grandmother's china and what a nice treasure to inherit. There are so many soft colors around the rim, the possibilities for mixing and matching lines are endless. I love your crystal and silverware as well!

    Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thursday! :-)


  13. Oh, how lovely. YOur grandmothers china is stunning. Such a beautiful pattern and the colors are beautiful. What a thrill to have so many pieces and so many serving pieces. The covered butter dish is indeed a special piece. I love the tulips in the clear vase. That is my all time favorite kind of arrangement. A very lovely and inviting table set with precious heirlooms. Hugs, Marty

  14. I do love the pattern that you showed so well in the close up shots. A wonderful first effort. May we see many more in the future.

  15. Oh what pretty china, and how wonderful that you have so many pieces and that it belonged to your grandmother. The tulips look so pretty. Those place mats are stunning. Lenox Moonspun was our wedding pattern-the dishes and the stemware. I love their graceful shape, but I don't use them often, because I worry about the silver rim coming off if I put them in the dishwasher. laurie

  16. How pretty! You are so lucky to have your grandmas china! I would be thrilled to have mine. Though I don't think she even had any. LOL

    Your tablescape is not only pretty but it's full of memories and love.

    Very nice!


  17. I've gone back through some of your previous posts and so enjoyed the bakers rack that you decorated. It looks lovely with the polka dot plates and so spring. I would love if you would join us for Table Top Tuesdays. That is a party that I host and it is where we show off our vignettes that we create on any kind of table, shelf, hutch or any surface that we display things on. Your bakers rack would be a perfect candidate for the party. You can click on my blog for the details. Also, I would love to follow your blog, however I did not see a follow button on the sidebar. Hope to see you Tuesday. Hugs, Marty

  18. What a great family heirloom! The tulips are a great choice for these dishes.

  19. Beautiful tablescape! Love the flatware!!
    have a great evening

  20. I love this china pattern! The place mats are so sweet and what a nice gift from your daughter.

  21. Welcome to TT! Warning, this is addictive! ;-)

    What beautiful china, and so special since it was your grandmothers! How sweet she wrote everything about the different pieces. Your photography is wonderful! Great tablescape!


  22. Your table looks very pretty and you are so right about the gravy, tee-hee. The tulips are beautiful!

    Have a great weekend!

  23. What a blessing that you were able to inherit such beautiful pieces! I love how they have a history behind them, that makes them all the more beautiful.

    The pink tulips are just the right touch of spring and I love the placemats. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks also for visiting my tablescape and for your sweet comments! I saw more placemats that color at Home Goods the other day. :)

    -Ann Marie

  24. Your dishes are gorgeous!!! I love the battenburg placemats. What a beautiful compliment the tulips are. Your flatware sure stole my heart. Your first tablescape is one of many to come that I'm looking forward to seeing..
    hugs ~lynne~

  25. These are some truly beautiful dishes! The placemats are even better. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday.
    We all have a lot fun playing with our dishes. Your grandmother's set is exquisite and to have an almost complete set for 24 is just amazing. Enjoy it and hope to see you next week too!

    - The Tablescaper

  27. Your china is so unique and when you have a personal story it makes the dinner even better. To still have so many pieces is a blessing. The pattern gives you many options of colors which make it very useful. Lovely post. Thanks for your visit to my post.

  28. How fortunate you are to have this large dinner service from your must be wonderful to serve meals for special family events!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment,
    Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

  29. Great post, great table, great pictures...this is a great blog!

    So glad that you came to visit me as now I have found a lovely (and definitely NOT DULL!) blog to follow!

    Best wishes,

  30. Your tablescape is lovely. My favorite piece is the same as yours the covered butter dish. I know your Grandmother would be so pleased to see your beautiful table.

    Your photography is great. Thanks for visiting me and for your kind comments.

    It is fun to make new friends.

  31. Your table is so lovely! Pretty flowers, too.... I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! Thank you for your sweet comment :))
    Cheers, Andrea

  32. The china is beautiful, the table is gorgeous, and I love the flatware, the tulips, and placemats! Love this:)