A peek inside my collections: my china
Over the past few months I’ve been doing a bit of a show and tell around my different collections. This one is a bit different because I think it’s the type of collection that many people have at home too: wedding china.
It was 1998. My husband Mark and I decided to choose our china pattern and register for place settings at the Bay. It didn’t take long to find a pattern we liked there. (Or should I say *I* liked, because I think I was one the driving this one.) We settled on a Wedgwood pattern called India, and I love it to this day. The sunny yellow, the simple non-fussy floral design with the delicate gold rims, it still makes me happy. Here are a couple quick snaps of it in our hutch. (Ha. I just realized there’s a bird’s nest in the cup at the back there.)
For awhile my in-laws bought us pieces to fill out the set, things like serving dishes and cream and sugar bowls. They made lovely gifts because these weren’t things we’d really ever buy for ourselves. They even bought us a special edition serving tray autographed by Sarah, Duchess of York. 🙂
We use our fine china on special occasions but I want to try and use it more often. What’s the point of having lovely tableware if you don’t use it? I certainly understand that there’s a risk that if we use it, it might break … but it’s not totally irreplaceable. Our pattern is still “active,” so there’s a lot of it out there. There is a thriving industry in old patterns as well, and there is actually Wedgwood on the UsedOttawa site right now (although nothing in our pattern) but that doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen. (I’m waiting for the day someone decides to sell these Wedgwood noodle bowls.)
What’s the story behind your wedding china? Do you use it? Do you still love it? Do you still collect it? I’d love to hear about it!