I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Antique Turkey Platters and Old Fashioned Silverware

Hi! Happy Thanksgiving to all  my friends here. I love Thanksgiving, such a warm and loving holiday. I always enjoy the preparations---I can't even call it ''work'' ---that many of us do each year.
I thought this page from Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer was so handy. I cut it out and taped it inside a cupboard door. Sure I've made a zillion turkey dinners ---I still have to try hard to get it just right.

But first I have to dig out the turkey plates and platters. I'm not sure if I showed you the platters, or just my plate collection. But since I get the platters out each year, to unwrap and enjoy---we can take another look. Turkey platters are I think, so fun and festive. I believe they are an American tradition, though many of the best platters were English Staffordshire china. Maybe every home should have just one, but somehow I have accumulated five. Sofar!

I usually only use the biggest Spode platter. I like its weight and shape.

It's English.

This one is marked Japan.

Unmarked, maybe USA, by Johnson Brothers. Similar to the one above but not exactly the same.

A small size, of good quality but unknown origin.

A delightfully garish Woolworth's style tin platter.

The details are so charming~! They almost always show the turkey in a field, with a house or cabin in the background.

They almost always have a fruit border. Though the Spode platter has dainty flower baskets instead.

One side  of the scene always has naturalistic etched design of wild seeds, weeds, brambles---and leaves and underbrush.

I love this one, with its prickly pods, so familiar, though I don't know what the tree is. [we called the pods gumballs?] edit: a sweet gum tree.

The scenes are transferred designs, usually in brown / sepia, though all colors were made. [I yearn for a blue version, and black], then the colors were tinted by hand, some more skillfully than others.

Another nostalgic chore is polishing the silverware. I know it's not fashionable to use silver utensils nowadays. They do need light polishing if not used daily. But it's a family tradition and I love my set. Like having ''wedding china'', this is the only way I'd ever be organized to have enough flatware for a holiday party.

My dad made the box, with cherry wood from a friend's trees. The silver was given to me as gifts, from my parents, for years, as I accumulated a goodly set.

As a child it was my job to polish the silver.
 My brother never helped. [For some reason I feel like he and my dad went hunting on Thanksgiving morning, but--probably not. A mystery.] And I've never been able to convince my kids that it could be fun! And it's now their job. Nope, here I am, a few days before the holiday, silver polish and a soft cloth in hand.

This lovely set of Victorian pearl handled silver fruit utensiles was a gift from an antiques dealer friend, back during Brooklyn days.

When I opened the old flannel cover, inside also were also silver ladles [top left, below] plus a couple more, including a sugar shell,. For cranberry sauce, creamed onions, etc etc. Very useful and treasured for the memory of a good friend.  [He sold me most of my blue transferware...].

Mo loves to help! He is sharing his beloved Gator dolly, I guess we'll have gator wings, lol.
[no, Mo, not really!]

I hope your holiday is wonderful, with friends and family, and good memories. Good times.



gone to the beach....

Look east...full moon rises.

look southwest, the sun sets on another day.

The fence and pink moon.

The walkway. And the moon. The Hunters' Moon, November.


  1. Another beautiful post! I love your collections, and Mo!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Such a beautiful post. The Spode is my favorite. One of my aunts had one and I can still remember the colors.

    Just a quick visit to say "Happy Thanksgiving." Hugs to Mo and to you.


  3. Wonderful platters, no, I don't think you've showed them before. I'm partial to the fun tin platter.

    Beautiful box your Dad made for the silverware. So special. I, also, used to have to polish the silverware. My sister-in-law has my Mom's set now. Wonder if she's used it yet.

    Once again, the walkway sets up the most beautiful photos. A new favorite!

    Have a happy day tomorrow everyone!


    1. I m glad you enjoyed the platters! And the silver polishing, so funny--too bad it didn t come to you. Would you use it?

  4. So sweet that Mo wants to share. Maybe he's trying to bargain for a platter full for himself?

    I love the Spode platter although they are all nice. I have my mom's silver plate flatware, but some of it needs to be re-plated... SOMEONE used some of the spoons in the sandbox! I'd love to have it re-plated. Maybe now that the price of silver has come back down out of the stratosphere I can do that one of these days.

    Dumb question - MIL had a shell-shaped large spoon in her silver. It looked like a sugar shellfvgggggggg (sorry, that was Meekay walking on the keyboard) it looked like an oversized sugar shell. ??What is it?

    I love the silver chest your dad made for you! That's quite an heirloom, I do hope one of your kids will appreciate it!

    I love the picture of the walkway and the full PINK moon, too. You take such pretty pictures!

    I hope your Thanksgiving dinner goes very well and that you have a great time!

  5. I'm pretty sure I need t find a beautiful turkey platter this year!! Why isn't using silver fashionable these days? I guess I am out of the loop.


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