Friday, January 21, 2011

The Gifts of Age

I found this dear little bowl at an antique store
a few weeks ago and couldn't resist 
bringing it home with me.

 When I bought it, I thought it was brown transfer ware,
but now I don't think it is.  Regardless ~ it is old and has
been well used.  It is a vegetable bowl by Ridgways
Royal Semi Porcelain made in England and
the pattern is "Melville".

It has the sweetest delicate little daisies around the edges
 that cascade down the insides of the bowl.

Even the bowl's outside edges have daisies cascading 
down the sides.

What I didn't notice before is that it also has a nearly 
worn off gold stripe around the top edge.
It sets on the dining room hutch next to a rather old
mortar and pestle that my ex-husband made for me
many years ago.  It has always been special and always will be.

Some things are special because they were lovingly made for
you.  Some things are special because they are delicate and
need extra care and attention.  But I'm finding more
and more that I have a special appreciation for things just
because they are old.  Maybe it's because I wonder what stories 
they could tell.  Maybe it's because I'm getting older and 
finally appreciate the gifts that time and age
have to offer.

Linking with  
Frou Frou Decor for Fabulous Friday Finds
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
Southern In My Heart for Inspiration Friday
The House in the Roses for Show off Your Cottage Monday 


Ginny said...

Nice display of some of your favorite things.

Average Girl said...

You'd love my in-laws Cindy...there home is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful antiques! You displayed it so beautifully. Have a lovely weekend!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That plate is those little daisies, it is perfect!

Curtains In My Tree said...

I like the bowl also it would go relly good with brown transferware at my house
Also with my red transferware I like everybody else loves old dishes now but I have for years


La said...


I appreciate your sweet sentiment.

Have a nice weekend. Stay warm! La

Audrey Pettit said...

Oooh, love your beautiful bowl! What a fabulous find. :)

Miss Sandy said...

I love that daisy pattern on your bowl, so unusual, great find.

Debra@Common Ground said...

This bowl is just wonderful. I don't know the technical term for this design, but it's beautiful. I agree, now I appreciate an item because of it's age, not just it's beauty. Thank you for sharing this with VIF!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- I love how you have these displayed together- it looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Hi Cindy! I think that there is something about those treasures that connect us to the past that make them so very special. Whether we know the history of a piece or not, it is still the link between then and now. Thanks so much for sharing your special pieces at the Inspiration Friday party!

Kathy said...

I love treasuring things that once were loved by someone else. Hope to pass that along to my children too! Love the dish - precious,

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