Dishaholic Part 3: All things historic

Working on my grouse-y quilt made me all warm and fuzzy about all things historic. So for my show-and-tell today, I thought I would show you some dishes that have historic connections:

The pattern is called “Mandarin Bouquet”, a Winterthur adaptation made by Mottahedeh. The Fitzhugh border, named after an English family, was selected by George Washington for his dinner service at Mount Vernon. Spode has had a Fitzhugh line of china service in the past. The bouquet motif is from a Chinese Export porcelain punch bowl (circa 1800). I love the vibrant colors of the bouquet – I would love to interpret it for an applique quilt some day:

It all started with the lobed dish that is in front of the oval platter (in the first picture). I had received it a few years ago as a graduation gift. Over time, my husband has added the pieces occasionally as Christmas and anniversary gifts. It is not a collection that I have ferociously added myself because I think it makes it more special when my husband adds to the collection for me.

I thought I would show you some George Washington related items around the house while we are on the subject of all things historic…

A lovely coffee table book of Mount Vernon that showcases the Washington estate in various seasons:

A framed menu from the Mount Vernon Inn:

My favorite book on Washington, written by George Washington Custis, his adopted son (who happened to be the original owner of the Arlington):

The favorite Washington print in our family:

A couple of small prints issued by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association:

And finally, a few scenes of Mount Vernon:

I hope you have enjoyed my “historic” show and tell. Have yourself a very merry weekend!

17 thoughts on “Dishaholic Part 3: All things historic

  1. Wendy, this is amazing I was looking at dishes with a similar design (to your Mandarin Bouquet) at the shops this week! It was the first time I’d seen this pattern (with the oriental blue & white border and other coloured image at the centre). I liked it immediately and thought it would suit my French country decorating theme. I think we must have similar taste! :-o). I have a message for you in comments at Bygone Beauty!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Really lovely china…I am always drawn to blue and white china for some reason. Perhaps because my mother’s china was “Blue Danube” which she gave to me about 25 years ago. I don’t use much blue in my decor so I don’t use that pattern very often but I do love it!

  3. I did….I did!!!! I SO enjoyed it all…what a super show n tell! Wow…love the history behind all the pieces you’ve shown. Fabulous.

    My show n tell is Halloween, solar lights since most all my visitors have been asking for some of my halloween decorations I’ve been setting up…and a set of kitchen linens that match my blog’s header that I found! Come on by if you can find time…Happy Friday!

  4. What a fabulous Show & Tell! I am going to share it with all my homeschooling friends who are studying American History this year. We loved our visit to Mount Vernon and the Peanut Soup at the Mount Vernon Inn is not to be missed. We have the Prayer at Valley Forge print hanging in our home as well.

    You have some beautiful pieces and thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Love your MVernon Collection.

    Oh, and you would not know I was a photographer by looking at somem of the photos on my blog! LOL! Sometimes I pick up a my point and shoot camera that I keep in my purse and shoot, load to the computer because it is just so much faster.


    Once in command, he boxed in the British
    At Boston where he captured Dorchester Heights
    Overlooking the Brits at his mercy
    As his men took aim with their cannon sites.

    The British commander had but one choice
    To sail to New York to renew the fight.
    Where the English had much greater forces
    Who soon chased Washington’s men in full flight.

    They continued on to Pennsylvania
    After crossing the Hudson in retreat
    With the British forces in hot pursuit
    It looked as though George was doomed to defeat.

    When winter seemed to have stopped the fighting
    That’s when Washington crossed the Delaware.
    On that Christmas night he captured Trenton
    Where Hessians were surprised and unaware.

    He whipped the British at Princeton
    Where in victory his men began to sing.
    Washington then wintered at Morristown
    Training his troops for the combat of spring.

    Washington fought bravely at Brandywine
    And again at a place called Germantown
    But the British were the victorious ones
    As the dead of both sides covered the ground

    Americans were blessed early that spring
    When the French entered the war on their side.
    Though most suffered frostbite at Valley Forge
    With the help of the French they marched in stride.

    The battles raged on, in the North and South
    As the King’s soldiers laid waste to the land.
    Washington himself was in great despair
    Pleading for aid for his weakened command.

    His prayers were answered by 5000 troops
    And a French fleet who took Chesapeake Bay.
    They bottled up Cornwallis at Yorktown
    Who surrendered to victory drums at play.

    Yorktown was really the end of the war
    Though not many quite realized that fact yet.
    But the British soon grew tired of the fight
    And the terms for its end were signed and set.

    Washington yearned to retire at home
    But his country chose him first president.
    Cheering crowds waved flags of love and support
    For they believed that “he,” by God, was sent.

    All Poems By
    Tom Zart

  7. The praying Washington is one of my favorites too… We got it with money from our wedding 16 years ago but still need to get a nice frame for it!
    I gave you a blog award if you want to stop by and see it!

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