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Showing posts from November 14, 2010

Spode Byron Tablescape ~ My Favorite Transferware

When I first began collecting transferware, I was buying only red pieces.  I had started off with Old Britain Castles and then discovered Vista by Masons.   I began selling some of my pieces in order to trade up to some of the Vista pieces I wanted.  Then one day while perusing the internet I happened upon this platter and I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT!     The platter I purchased came from a dealer in South Africa.  Once I'd confirmed my purchase, he emailed to say he had other pieces in the pattern for sale. I have such an affinity for pieces with bucolic scenery so this pattern, named Byron, by Spode instantly became my favorite. I've been collecting this pattern for about 10 years now, selling the duplicate pieces I've acquired along the way.   Tonight I set the table for all 8 of us and set up the buffet for dessert and coffee/tea.  I don't have 8 of these cream soups and saucers but wanted to show them to you.    This is the scene inside the soup bowl and a close up o

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mayo Hotel

My nephew got married this past weekend at the recently renovated Mayo Hotel. Listed on the National registry of Historic Places in 1980, the Mayo Hotel is  located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. Built in 1925 during Oklahoma's oil boom, the Mayo played host to notable 20th Century visitors, including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin, Elivs Presley, President Richard Nixon, Will Rogers and Mae West. The Mayo hotel also served as residence to oilman J. Paul Getty. Once the tallest building in Oklahoma, the hotel originally had 600 rooms. Ceiling fans in each room and Tulsa's first running ice water made the hotel a haven from summer heat. A failed renovation attempt in the early 1980's left the building unoccupied and missing many of its original fixtures and interior ornamentation.  Abandoned for many more years, the Mayo was destined for the wrecking ball until June 2001, when the Snyder family purchased it for