Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Touch of Sheer Loveliness

One year, right after my birthday, my then teenage daughter came in to wake me up.

"Come to the dining room, Mom," she coaxed.

Reluctantly and sleepily, I got out of bed and traipsed into the dining room. Looking at the table, I gasped. My daughter had set the table with a pattern of English bone china that I had been yearning for but knew I could never, ever afford, namely, Royal Albert Old Country Roses.

Luscious red, pink, and yellow roses are offset by a creamy white background and gold edging. The dishes were (and are) the epitome of elegance.

Tears filled my eyes and spilled down my cheeks. My daughter had saved her money and spent a lot of it for these dishes, which she knew I loved.

Since that birthday, I've done some internet researching on the company. Harold Holdcroft, an art director with the Royal Albert Company, designed the Old Country rose pattern in 1962. It was apparently originally going to be called "Treasure Garden." Many of the company's patterns are based on flowers from English gardens. Holdcroft based the design on a 1921 pattern called King's Ransom, according to one source of information about the company.

The Royal Albert Company originated in England in 1896. A year later, pieces were made by the company for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. China made by the company is known for its high quality and is sold in more than 50 countries!
My Old Country Roses set is one birthday gift I'll never forget as the dishes are not only beautiful, they reflect love and sacrifice.

Maybe someday, when I strike it rich, other pieces will be added to the dishes. In the meantime, on very special occasions when the table is set with the Old Country Roses china, it makes me smile.


Rebecca said...

It IS beautiful, beautiful china and beautified to the max by the thoughtfulness & sacrifice it represents! You are blessed indeed.

(Not so much snow here, but brrrrrrr! Is it ever cold!) I taught my Sunday School class but didn't stay for church. I have a very sore throat and didn't want to expose others.

Carolyn said...

It is beautiful! My sister in law has a very large collection that her mother had collected over many years.
Take care,

diane stetson said...

I've had many dinners on that set of lovely China at your home Susan...enjoy it to the hilt!

LDH said...

How very beautiful and very special because of the one who gave it to you! So thoughtful and loving! Thanks for sharing this sweet story!

Joyce said...

Nice surprise! So pretty and one of my favorites if I could afford to buy new china. It is such a classic pattern.

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