New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Plates, platters and bygone patterns

 

November 22, 2021

How do you know when an antique print was popular? The brown transfer Columbia print is the most abundant in the museum. Mrs. Bjorn Garnaas of Sheyenne donated two soup plates, five dinner plates and a serving platter. The matching tureen was donated by the family of Dorothy Beardsley.

During the holiday season, it is quite possible that you will find yourself dining upon fine china or other heirloom porcelain. If you do, then you have a great opportunity to take a look back in history.

First a little clarification on terminology. In American English, we often use the word china to refer to high-quality dishes. However, for historians and collectors, fine china has specific...



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