It all started with this cup! I have four daughters ranging from 37 - 20 years of age. They all know I'm a vintage plate/dish addict.
I have a whole buffet hutch dedicated to my Vintage Franciscan Apple Ware and my vintage Johnson Brother's transfer ware is displayed in my china cabinet.
Over the years I have mainly collected the vintage Friendly Village pattern of transfer ware.
I have recently branched out to Johnson Brothers Vintage Old British Castle in red.
All because of this cup below.
This cup is one, of a set of four given to me two Christmas's ago
by my youngest daughter. These cups are the only part of
my collection which is not vintage. She actually bought them at Marshall's.
The significance is not that they are transferware, but the castle that
is featured on them. It is the Ragland Castle in Wales. I have been there, it is actually my family's ancestral castle which still stands today much as it did in the 15th century.
I was able to visit this castle in 2009 with my eldest daughter. It was
such an emotional experience. When we told the guide who we were they brought out the Ragland family book and had us sign our names. Apparently the only descendant's
of the original Raglands of Ragland Castle are now in America.
I was thrilled with this thoughtful gift and promised that I would build on the collection.
Ragland Castle Mommouth Wales 2009
The first item I added is this lovely vintage JB's Old British Castle tea pot.
What's a teapot without the cream and Sugar bowls to go with.
Found these lovely pieces on Ebay both vintage.
You can see how well the castle is displayed on the front of the sugar bowl.
Tea can't be served without the appropriate plates to serve
the tea cakes on. As you can see that several different Old British Castles are featured as scenes on the transferware.
The back stamp is always important in collecting authentic vintage pieces. All my pieces in this collection (other than the teacups) feature the Johnson Brother's Crown Stamp which
they used in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
I adore large serving pieces of transferware. To me they
are artwork and should be displayed as such.
This is the last piece I have so far collected a beautiful
15" serving platter that I found for an extraordinary price on Ebay.
Here it is altogether
I love how it looks in my china cabinet on display!
I'm not finished yet with this collection. Only time will tell what I treasures I will be able to add.