A Gift from Mom ~ Beautiful Edelstein Bavarian China

As you already know my parents made the big move last week from their much loved home in sunny Florida to the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. And with this massive transition came a lot of downsizing. When my parents first wed almost 59 years ago, my mother bought this gorgeous set of china which I remember always making its way onto the table for family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas eve. When they moved from Pennsylvania it got boxed up and shipped to Florida and has not seen the light of day since. So for 20 years it sat in two rather large boxes on the closet floor in the guest bedroom.

Since I am such a sucker for pretty plates (especially ones in blue and white), not to mention how sentimental I can be about certain things I remember from my childhood, when my mother offered me this set I totally jumped, no pounced on the chance of owning it!

From what I could find out via the Internet there is no huge monetary value with regard to this set. Mostly because there is a large inventory of  60 to 70 year old china flooding the market as baby boomers clear out their parents estates. 

This particular set is called Empire Blue and was manufactured in Germany. It is a service for 12 and includes a gravy boat, square vegetable dish, teapot with creamer and sugar bowl, and a covered casserole dish.

I love how every piece is trimmed out in silver.

So what in what am I displaying this fabulous Bavarian china you may ask?

Another amazing score from ReStore! I purchased this piece for our kitchen a few months ago and only paid $40. It actually has glass doors for the middle which are obviously off, and two chicken wire doors flanking that I have opened. My plan is to paint her but I wanted to wait until I decided what to display on her shelves.
Now I know!

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  1. Barbara, You know how much I love anything blue and white. Your mom's china is beautiful and I know it must be special to you.

  2. Wow Barbara it is just beautiful and it comes with such wonderful memories. So pretty.

  3. Just beautiful. What a lovely gift from your mom.

  4. I LOVE dishes and currently have 7 sets of them. I told my sons they could curse me when I'm dead but until then I will enjoy them and I do!!!!! I have my Mom's dishes and I think of her every time I use them. We lost her many, many years ago so this brings me back to those days. Enjoy!

  5. Oh, Barbara, the set is so beautiful as almost anything blue and white is and it may not have a huge monetary value, but to you it must be priceless. The new hutch really has great lines and will look beautiful painted with the new (old) china..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  6. Wow! That set of dishes are absolutely stunning! Love the color and love how if looks in your beautiful hutch! How wonderful of your Mom to gift the set to you! Each and every time it will be used, memories of your Mother will live on. In the meantime, your Mother will be able to enjoy the dishes at your family gatherings. A lovely gesture by your Mom!

  7. What a treasure, Barbara! They are beautiful and I'm sure whatever color you choose to paint your china hutch will just make them shine.

  8. Lovely dishes! I just found your blog. Mainly the name interested me, because A: my name is Rosemary, B: my grandparents lived on Rosemary Lane in Houston my whole life, and C: my moms name is barbara! haha! Do you really live on Rosemary Lane?

  9. Barbara - What a beautiful set of china. And how special that you have precious memories of them.


  10. My gosh, Barbara. What a gorgeous set of dishes! WOW! Wondering if your Mon would like to adopt me? lol Hope you have a wonderful week- xo Diana

  11. Wow, Barbara, the china and the hutch are fabulous. Can't wait to see what you do to it.

  12. love your china!!!! what a love gift!!! lucky you

  13. Beautiful! I'm just getting ready to display my mom's Bavaria set. Is there a trick for setting up the plates so they don't slip/fall over?


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