Black Westmoreland Mary Gregory Plates
Sorry the blog has been so quiet lately. It has been a busy time for us over here, but we are back with a post I am very excited about. I get to share an amazing collection from a long time flickr friend. Mary’s photo stream has been one of my favourites for several years. I have always been excited to see bits and pieces of her collection, not to mention photos of her adorable tortoise Tilda! Mary has collected and displayed some beautiful pieces, including the most amazing vintage plates I have seen (are the above plates not incredible?). She has a great eye, and great style. If you’d like to see more from her, she blogs at Mary Wald’s Vintage Place and runs an Etsy shop where you can be tempted by some beautiful vintage goodies. I am lusting over a few things in her shop, including this incredible milk glass cake stand and this Hazel Atlas holly punch bowl!
Why did you start collecting/why were you interested in vintage?
I grew up surrounded by a family of collectors. Mom and Grandma were the gals I liked to hang out with the best. We would go to antique stores and rummage sales, thrifting before it was cool. They taught me how to indentify many of their favorite makers like Fenton, Fostoria, Westmoreland, and Lenox. Both of them taught me about quality, and the value of the story behind our treasures.
Tell us about your favorite piece/pieces.
When we moved last year I liquidated most of my collections, simply hundreds of pieces. In fact all I kept were a handful of glass and pottery pieces, and a few plates from those collections. Now I have an excuse to have fun finding fresh vintage items.
The only pieces of Grandma’s that I kept are her Westmoreland Black Amethyst Mary Gregory Lattice Plates, and her little Walker Renaker Bisque Chicken. For years the plates hung on a peach wall, which really made them pop. We’ll see how they are on the white wall I have picked out.
How do you display/use your collection?
Collections should be used, and displayed to enjoy. Locking things up in cupboards is a waste. At our place vintage canisters hold plants, creamers hold art supplies, and planters might hold almost anything. To me vintage plates are almost better up on the wall where you can see them all of the time instead of just on the table at meal time.
Can you share a memorable story or moment with us?
A funny thing just happened recently. When I unpacked it was to find that the half a dozen vintage plates I kept all had birds on them. My collection used to have color ware from the thirties, florals from the forties, and glassware from the fifties. Here are the six that made the cut along with the one contemporary plate I kept, a chintzware with birds. Although, I have found some more bold colorware pieces that go great with them. Now all I have to do is get some plate hangers.
I love those beautiful bird plates on top of the color ware! An unexpected, but perfect combination. I cannot wait to see these plates up on the wall. Thank you so much for sharing, Mary!