Well I got out some of Mama's china today because
the set is one of my very favorite things.
And I learned something when I Googled the Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose pattern. Something I'd never known even though Mama owned this china all my life.
I learned that you can tell the year each piece was made by looking on the bottom ... the double digit number in between the letters signifies the year the piece was made.
Which told me that Mama apparently bought the set around 1949 (four years before I was born) and then bought the lovely sugar bowl around 1956. I like knowing that, it connects me to the set even more than I've always been.
Mama only used this china when we had company, whether it was my New Jersey aunt and her family, or the church's revival preacher. Otherwise it stayed in the corner china cabinet.
At some point, can't remember when, Mama gave the gorgeous china to me. I like that it pictures our state flower/tree, the dogwood - described as the Virginia Rose by Homer Laughlin.
I used the pieces several times, many years ago, but then decided it was best to treasure them in my own china cabinet where they were safe. My children, as busy toddlers and then as children, were not a good match for the Virginia Rose.
Just like Mama's pink Pyrex here, I'll always treasure her china ... and someday pass it down to my daughter, Elizabeth.
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Hugs ~ Mary