Yard Sale China Find

sudiepavMay 8, 2007

I'm so glad the weather's warming and yard sales are beginning in earnest. Found some neat treasures on Saturday, but one that took my breath away. Amidst tables of truly worthless junk, I found a stack of dishes. Before I even turned them over I knew they were Haviland Limoges. I asked the lady what she wanted for them, and she replied $3!! I packed them up lickety split before anyone else could eyeball them, although the sale had been going on several hours before I found them. On the way home, my mind was spinning with what to do with them. My first thought was to break them for a mosaic project. Then I thought "These were somebody's grandma's china!" I have my grandma's Haviland, and it's one of my greatest treasures. So now, I am sending a Xerox to Replacements, Ltd. to identify the pattern. Then, I may sell them on eBay or some such. I'd like to find someone who wants to add to their pattern. Here's what I got: 22 saucers (probably this was a service for 24 at one time!) one cup, marked with paint, which I have largely removed by soaking and scraping gently with my fingernail, 4 dinner plates, 6 salad plates, 4 bread and butters, and 7 fruit dishes. I am pleased I found them, but it makes me sad that someone's treasure was so badly treated. Other ideas? My husband is afraid that I'll just keep them!

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Oh you've got an amazing find with Haviland china! I have some Theodore Haviland china that was my great-aunts, and it's a cherished treasure of mine.

What does the pattern look like? There are some beautiful ones out there.

Congrats on your great discovery.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 12:34PM
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The dishes have a gold rim. The rim is then circled with a border of yellow, dark blue and green stylized leaves or flowers, with a dark red background. In several places around the rim, larger flowery things appear in the same colors, also with a reddish background. Connecting these places is a vine with leaves and a few actual small flowers. It's really a stunning pattern, now that it's cleaned up.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 2:45PM
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