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Amazing Transferware Finds for Thanksgiving and My New Website!!!

A couple of weeks ago I told you that I had some killer transferware I wanted to share…well…guess what transferware treasures I have found? 

 From England to the long gone Copeland & Thompson, Inc. store at 206 Fifth Avenue (owned by Sydney Thompson, the sole agent in the United States for Spode at the time), to a buyer in New York to a barn in Connecticut and now to me at Nancy's Daily Dish in Tulsa, Oklahoma and just in the nick of time for Thanksgiving, is this mint and unused, circa 1930's  Copeland Spode Game Birds Turkey Platter in it's original box…



…complete with straw packing material, original shipping label and Spode logo!
BUT WAIT…that's not all….if you order in the next 15 minutes we will include the straw at no additional charge…oh wait that's the Shamwow commercial…




…but seriously, there are 12 matching dinner plates, each depicting its own unique game bird.
 Circa 1930's Copeland Spode Brown Transferware 13 Piece Dinnerware Set

Circa 1930's Unused 13 piece Spode Copeland Game Birds Brown Transferware Thanksgiving Dinner Set still in original box.
Unheard of!!!

This is such a rare and exciting find and what's even more amazing, is that there were two matching sets of this dinnerware… one for YOU and one most definitely for ME.  Being an avid collector of English transfer ware and a lover of Spode, I snatched these up as soon as they were offered for sale over a year ago and have been hoarding them ever since.  I have repeatedly asked myself, "Do I really need BOTH sets?" and I have repeatedly convinced and justified to myself that, "yes I do".  Some day all my kids will be married and then I will need at least 14 place settings to accommodate them and their spouses, right?  The problem is that I have been unable to convince Shawn of this necessity.  He keeps telling me to consider that this is a business and that I need to think about the bottom line, plus he mentioned the fact that he didn't appreciate dishes stacking up in the tv room to the point of not being able to watch a football game.   It was a very tough decision to finally decide to sell one set, hence the one year hold!

I did get to use part of my set for Ashton's 16th birthday dinner but never really finished the table or lit the candles…my family likes food and couldn't wait to eat.


I have just listed this set to my NEW website…did I say new? Yes, I believe I did.  NancysDailyDish.net 
My shop and blog will now be at a new home, my own domain, which has been a long time coming.  It has been a standing dream to have my blog, shop and other interests under one domain that I can control and more importantly, that I own.   I began work on this a couple of months ago and then just two weeks ago I was asked to work on a project which is by far the largest and most exciting one I've been involved in to date.  I'm not yet at liberty to discuss what the project is, other than to say that it is pretty massive in scope and has had Shawn and me working solid 18 hour days which will continue through the end of the year.   I hadn't planned to announce the new site until it was professionally designed (in progress now) and all of my inventory is listed there, but I've gotten a ton of messages asking about my Etsy store which is closed while working on my site and the project that I can't wait to talk about!

My kids have been troopers, which they usually are.  Michael and Ashton cooked dinner tonight and served it to Shawn and me at our computers where we ate and worked.  I am so thankful for them.



I am also so very thankful for all of you who read my blog, hire me to design for you and buy transferware from me, because without you and your amazing support of me and my business there is no way this could ever have happened.  Thank you so much.






Comments

  1. So excited for you!!! And have missed you and all your interesting posts and exquisite table settings!!! Best wishes and Blessings to you.......hugs.....

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  2. Oh my gosh -- in the original boxes??? You can tell it's from a long time ago ... the address doesn't have a ZIP code! :-)
    I'm really intrigued by your post, and can't wait to see what you are up to. It sounds like a LOT of work, so I hope that it pays off beautifully.
    I'm sorry you aren't keeping both sets of the Spode for future gatherings, but I'm jealous that someone else will be sharing in your good luck! I hope they find the perfect Forever home.
    Happy November! -- Cass

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  3. I LOVE the Spode dinnerware and platter! What a wonderful find for you. I hope you get to enjoy them often. Blessings, Pamela

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  4. My husband and I married in 1984. When we married, I was 30 and he was 40. We didn't do the whole "wedding gift thing", preferring to purchase those items we might still need on our own. Choosing what would be our china pattern was going to be interesting. I loved the outdoors and flowers. He loved hunting (which I do, too) and sporting motifs. I walked into an antique shop in Wisconsin one day and found this set in blue and white. Tentatively, I purchased it without consulting him for his opinion and took it home. He loved it as much as I did and we've used this "hunter's set" as our formal set ever since. It's called a hunter's set because men prefer mostly meat and potatoes and the set didn't require all the other serving pieces (told to me by a Spode expert years ago). Spode's "Blue Tower" pattern has the same floral border, so I have since augmented the set with a few serving dishes. Every Thanksgiving, the turkey goes in the center of our platter, with all the side dishes arrayed around it. Our family has eaten off these dishes for the past (almost) thirty years and we love the set. Thanks for showcasing it in brown and white.
    Happy upcoming holidays!
    Donna

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  5. My husband and I were married in 1984. He was 40 and I was 30, and had our own homes at the time so we didn't need to do the "gift" thing. The only thing we still wanted to do was choose our own china set. He liked a more masculine look and I preferred floral. One day I walked into a local antique store and my eyes settled on this exact set in blue and white. Tentatively, I purchased it and took it home, hoping he'd approve. He loved it as much as I did. It has served our family and friends for nearly thirty years. The border on this matches Spode's "Blue Tower" pattern, so I have since added a few other serving pieces. However, this is a "hunter's set" - as told to me by a Spode expert many years ago. Men, preferring their meat and potatoes to additional side dishes, we happy to have their dinner plate and one big serving platter. There was never another piece specifically made for this set. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, the main dish (turkey or crown roast) sits in the center of our platter, surrounded by the side dishes (roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, carrots, etc.). This set was a lucky find for me, and a treasured heirloom for our family. (I think I paid $250 for the set when I purchased it all those years ago.)
    Thanks for the post.
    Donna

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  6. What an amazing story! These look so lovely on the table and what a great family you have!

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  7. Nancy, This is a beautiful set of transferware! Congrats on your new blog and shop site and thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  8. Hi lovely lady.
    Your new dishes look Gorgeous in your Tablescape. I also love your sweet and amazing story about your new blog. so happy to see you are back Nancy.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  9. Beautiful transferware Nancy! What an amazing find!! I am your newest follower, and would love for you to follow me back at maddiebellahome.blogspot.com . I can only hope to be as fortunate as you and find such a beautiful collection the next time I go shopping.

    Betty (maddiebellahome)

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  10. Amazing find! Those transferware are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  11. Wow! That is amazing! I went over to your new sight and it's looking great. I wish you so much success. I've been reading you for a long time and I hope it all goes well for you!

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  12. I just love finding things like your new old stock platter
    I know somebody will buy it for this years Thanksgiving diner since I can't find it on your new web page I bet it's sold already
    I just love looking at all your transferware

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  13. wow! God is just blessing your business big time. so happy for you. i pinned one of you table settings last fall that has been one of my most repinned ones. :-) suzi

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  14. Gosh! I wish I could buy that set....I've been looking at the salad plates in this pattern and dreaming for quite awhile. Congrats on the new site and domain....can't wait to find out what the project is.

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  15. Hello Nancy, not sure if my previous comment made it - I love your new set - it's amazing - I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  16. this is one amazing find Nancy, just gorgeous!!! love all the different plates that are in the set. Glad to hear you have a lot going and that you have a new site up and running, thanks so much for joining in I'll be featuring this post on Be Inspired this week!

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  17. What a wonderful parcel that is, Nancy, with such a remarkable history! (And I know precisely how you feel about having TWO of something and struggling with whether you should part with one or not....) Your new site (and mystery project) sound so exciting. I'm catching up with your blog today so I apologize for being a bit out of step with your news!

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