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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Turkey Plates Plates of Turkey - Happy Thanksgiving to All

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Hi! Happy Thanksgiving! We are having a stormy day today, oh it is so dark! The wet dunes are showing nice Fall colors though.

I am setting my table and doing some cooking so tomorrow I can loll around and be thankful, lol.

I wanted to show you my turkey plates and platters.

These are mostly English Staffordshire transferware. Most are repros / new, except the large serving platters.

The big platters are my favorites. Sometimes you need a big platter, or even two (or six?).

I have a girlfriend who says the platters are just incredibly tacky but I like them. I love the tiny New England farm scenes and the borders with Autumn fruits, berries, brambles. Some are hand tinted, like the one below.

I didn't intend to collect a set of Thanksgiving Turkey plates. I bought them over the years because they are nice brown/ polychrome fall themed pieces.


I have extra sepia plates, too, in case I have lots of guests. This is a New England saltbox farmhouse with the Eastham, Cape Cod, Mass, windmill perhaps in the background?

For many years I didn't do much at all for this holiday. It was rather a sad day as my family were always elsewhere for various reasons. A few memorable Thanksgivings in Cape Cod, yes. My dad loved showing us where the Pilgrims first came ashore, on First Encounter Beach in, I think, Eastham or Wellfleet. Corn Hill where our not-so-nice ancestors stole the natives' cache of winter corn. Plymouth Rock, of course. And one awesome year we watched the Macy's parade from my office windows, on 34th Street, NYC.
But many years I was home alone with my doggy.

But life changes and now the holiday is spent with children and friends. A few years ago my daughter asked me to use the Turkey plates. 

I was so surprised she liked, or even noticed them. Or...maybe I asked her what she thought? Who knows but now I look forward to setting my table with them each year.

This is a smaller German plate. I use it under the gravy boat. I like the blue and gilt rim.

Maybe some flea market day, I'll discover an all-blue turkey platter! Or that rarity, a black version. Something to look for on Sunday at the flea when folks don't want to be bothered putting stuff away

Have a wonderful holiday! The turkey and fixings will taste delicious whether served on granny's Haviland china or on paper plates. What counts is sharing a meal with the ones you love.



.....gone to the beach