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Pretty Transferware Plates for Valentines Day

I'm sorry I haven't posted in several weeks.   I have been super busy, business-wise, which I'm very thankful for, but have also had a whole gamut of other things going on in my life,  including some health issues that have kept me feeling fatigued for some time. Tomorrow morning I am having a minor surgery which should hopefully diagnose what's going on with me but I'm not sure how much I'll be posting over the next few months....even though I have  tons I want to post about!  I have missed blogging and my blogging friends sooooo much.

With Valentines Day fast approaching, I could not resist showing this sweet little plate of which I happen to have a pair of in my red transferware collection. 

  You know I love just about anything with a bird motif' 

This plate is from the Aesthetic Movement and combines asymmetry which was such a popular theme of the designs of that period but it also combines the sweetness of the Victorian era too.

The plates have the cutest little bird on a branch inset into an ornately detailed frame of  scrolls and such.  A partial border of flowers defined by a single row of geometric semicircles gives way to a casual flow of floral branches which cascade below and sort of frame the little bird cartouche.  

I thought the lovebirds necklace was a perfect little trinket to lay over the plate.    
The pattern is named Victoria and the potter is J F Wileman.
These were made between 1866 and 1891.

I had hoped to do a Valentines table for two with the bird plates but that's not happening this year.   If time had permitted, I would have layered them over these sweet plates by Alfred Meakin, suitably titled 'The Courtship' romantic are these?

These plates show a young Victorian couple seated next to a woodland stream.  The young man has a basket of flowers, of which he is offering one to the seated lady, holding her parasol.  

Well, that's all for tonight but I hope you'll be back on Valentines Day... I've already got a post ready... I'm sharing one of the sweetest love poems~


  1. Sending prayers and best wishes for your health!

  2. I've missed you! Prayers for your surgery tomorrow and for the doctor to be able to discern your problem. Hopefully, good health will follow!

  3. Will keep you in my prayers for a good outcome from the surgery. Feel better.
    I have closed my blog for the time being and like you stated, I miss blogging and the friends who come to read.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  4. I was hoping that you were just crazy bombarded with business-related stuff after your fabulous photo shoot!!! I'm sorry to hear that you've not been feeling well, and I hope everything is a thumbs up tomorrow. Hang in there, pal!!!

  5. I have missed your post. I love the red transfer ware. They are gorgeous.

  6. Nancy, you know I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that all goes well tomorrow. Look forward to seeing your Valentine's Day post of love poems. Take care........Sarah

  7. Missed you and so glad to see you again with this pretty plate. I pray everything goes well tomorrow and that you'll feel better soon.
    God bless,

  8. Sorry you've not been well! Best wishes to you with your procedure. Get well! The first plate you showed is exceptional. I love that era, and the darling bird!

  9. Glad to hear you are busy with business and sorry to hear you are having to deal with health issues. Good luck!

  10. Wishing you all the best with your surgery. I hope they figure out what's wrong and get you feeling great in no time!

    The asymmetrical plate with the bird is wonderful! I love it! I've never seen any like it. I imagine they are a very special part of your wonderful collection.

    Take care!

  11. I've missed you!!! I was beginning to think that fame and fortune had turned you away from us!!!! Love the plate with bird, that is my favorite era.......sending you many prayers for tomorrow and please keep us posted....hugs...cleo

  12. Wishing you well -- and don't worry. We'll still be here waiting to see red dishes when you get back. :)

  13. Thoughts & Prayers are with you for a very speedy recovery! Just know that I have missed your posts and can't wait 'til you are back at it. You are an inspiration for me personally--love you tablescapes. Hope you are feeling better soon and I agree with Jennie, one can never go wrong with red transferware!!

  14. Nancy, Missed you in blogland...hope you are feeling on the mend soon and I will keep you in my prayers...Your health is your #1 priority especially with a family..everyone depends on the mom..

  15. Love "The courtship" plates, Nancy! I am going to use red transferware to set my Valentine's table. I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I can relate to the fatigue as I have no energy and feel tired a lot. However, there are a few other complaints but I think it is part of the dreaded menopause starting. I had blood work done last week, so I'm waiting to hear on that. At any rate, I hope you feel better soon.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about your health. I hope everything turns out well. Your in my thoughts.


  17. These are so pretty! Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. Nancy, I have really missed reading your posts. I so hope that whatever is wrong is easily fixable!! Thank you for sharing all these sweet dishes!

  19. Sorry you've been unwell, I assumed you were just superbusy as a result of the article on Etsy.
    Take care of yourself Nancy.
    And Happy Valentine's Day. Gorgeous plates!

  20. Hope this surgery gets you fit and proper. You have taken a big break. Glad your business is going great. these plates are so beautiful -- you always have something beautiful to share with us. Joni

  21. I hope you'll be entirely well soon, Nancy, and that your procedure goes well and safely. Such pretty plates! Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day and good health.


  22. Sure hoping you will be able to get about after your procedure.
    Love the red & white plates ( of course)

    Happy Valentines Day

  23. Trying to get information on The courtship plates. Have two complete sets for total 16 place setting but can't find any information on them or what a never used set is worth. Can you help send me in the right direction please?


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