Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Not To Be Used For Turkey

I went to a wonderful Estate Sale the first weekend in November -- in a great house built in 1852 in Independence, Missouri. It was the perfect fall day and I went alone -- the main purpose of the trip was not the sale per se but rather to see the house that I had passed by for so many years. A chance to look inside.

It was the last day and everything was half price and so a line quickly formed before the doors opened. I truly was going just to see the inside of the house!

But the things offered for sale, the prices which were now half, and I soon had my arm full of treasures.

The first thing I saw as I entered the dining room (which I normally do because that is where the dishes are)

Was this platter!

I love blue and white platters and it is big-- big enough for a turkey actually! But alas, it won't be used for such at Linderhof (for I'm still coveting the Spode Festival Blue turkey platter and we'll be away Thanksgiving)

The price -- only $22.50 which is amazing!
This is the mark on the back and after I did some research it seems that my newest platter was from 1880 to 1890. Don't you just love marks!!! They're like reading history or doing genealogy!

This platter will get lots of use for it's big enough to serve both the entree and vegetables on it if we're doing a more casual pass around dinner or a nice poached salmon on top of greens at an appetizer party.

It is big and I must admit that I had to do a little "tweaking" in the cabinet to make it fit -- but fit it does!

It has a happy home at Linderhof.

It's Monday which means that it's Blue Monday so please join Smiling Sally for other blues this perfect November Monday!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That platter is beautiful!!! What a find.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Do you have a dish room, Martha? Impressive, impressive! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and especially Oliver!

Savannah Granny said...

Great find!! You did good. That salmon sounds yummy. Hugs, Ginger

Living the life in The Little City said...

That's gorgeous.

Carol said...

Oh how beautiful!!! I love it! Dishes could easily become a passion with me too.

On Crooked Creek said...

You have such a great eye for treasures! Congratulations on your newest find for Linderhof! I do love knowing all the history and former owners (if possible) when I come across a "found" piece. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

It is beautiful.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"LOVE" your new platter!!! I have a HUGE turkey platter that is SO large it's impossible to put away, SO I leave it out with a coffee/tea service displayed on it "All Year Long"! Don't you LOVE estate Sales???
Hugs to you, Donna

SmilingSally said...

I love blue and white too, Martha, and this is a gorgeous big platter.

Happy Blue Monday!

LV said...

That was a wonderful find for you. I am sure anything you use it for will taste better.

maria said...

Love the dish. It's so pretty.

My Blue Monday.

Gypsea Nurse said...

Great platter for the holidays! Happy Blue!

Lesley said...

Yay! Your own Antiques Roadshow treasure!

Auntie E said...

Oh what a find! I love those old dishes. The Platter look in prefect condition. I am surprise it made it til the end of the sale.
Getting ready for the Holidays

Chubskulit Rose said...


My Blue Monday

D.B. said...

Beautiful find! Congratulations. Any pics of the house?

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your $22 platter is gorgeous! What a lucky find for you!!!
Happy Thanksgiving, Martha.

Terry said...

Howdy Martha
Happy Blue Monday you lucky girl :)
This is a fabulous platter !
Of course I love dishes ,blue and white china are a must so there you go .
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving .
Until Next Time
Happy Trails

Southerncook said...

Beautiful platter. You have this knack for finding the most incrediable "finds". I think that is a gift, one that I don't have.


Rose H (UK) said...

What a BEAUTY Martha :o)
I can't quite make out the registration number - let me know and I'll check the year for you.
Rose H
(Green with envy, LOL)

Donnie said...

That is a lovely platter. I love Blue and White dishes also. My regular pattern is Blue Willow. Looks like you had a good time.

Dorincard said...

Guild-y as charged! Nice! :)

Lottie said...

The platter is absolutely beautiful! Do you have any pictures of the house where the estate sale was held?

Martha said...

I did take my camera but the front of the house is on a busy street and therefore was hard to stop and take pictures and the back of the house was not photogenic!

Martha said...

I did take my camera but the front of the house is on a busy street and therefore was hard to stop and take pictures and the back of the house was not photogenic!