Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Spring Collection. Yup, It's That Time. Had To Swap Out The Salem Northstar For The Franciscan Duet! Status: Displayed...yet Available.
In celebration of the (long awaited!) coming of Spring I've taken down the Salem Northstar I had displayed on the top shelf of the china cabinet and replaced it with this fine collection of Franciscan Duet.
I'm kinda takin' my chances here as I've simultaneously made this 23 piece set available on my
craigslistings! I'm really thinking about selling a lot of the dish collections and concentrating on
acquiring a nice collection of Metlox Free Form Mobile / Contempora. I've already got two berry
bowls in the Contempora pattern and while in New Orleans I bought a pair of 12oz. tumblers in
the Free Form Mobile pattern, not realizing that they were slightly different. They are so close
that they can be mixed together though. I think the big differences are in the colors within the
pattern and the shape of the plates. The Free Form Mobile seems to be more desirable /
expensive too. If I manage to put together a nice set I may have to abandon the seasonal dish
idea and stick to displaying just the Russel Wright, Franciscan Starburst and the Metlox on the
three shelves in the china cabinet.
This is the set of Franciscan Duet that I snatched up from the St. Charles Salvation Army thrift
store a few weeks ago. It's a rather comprehensive set including Berry Bowls! There are lots of
serving pieces too. There's even an ashtray.
I'm diggin' the pattern. Yeah, sure...it's flowers and I don't normally like flowery stuff, but it's the
style of the artwork that saves it. It's got that sketchy choppy style that I associate with
architectural renderings from the sixties and seventies. Anybody got a name for that style
Except for the serving bowl, the serving pieces seem to have gone unused. The serving bowl
and most of the plates have utensil marks and were obviously used. That's cool though, cuz
that means that these do not need to be treated as if precious (like my Starburst). This is just a
good usable set that happens to be vintage and pretty good lookin' to boot!
Wit it all spread out like this, it really looks like a massive haul! It must cost a fortune to ship a
full set like this. I've only bought pieces here and there of dishware off eBay. I'll probably be
doing so again as I start piecing together the Metlox.
If you click on the above pics you can see the two little edge chips (one on a berry bowl and
one on a small plate) plus the utensil marks. Like I said, this ain't a collectors set, at least not
the plates. A serious collector might love the covered butter dish, ashtray, chop plate and
gravy boat though! But they'd have to buy the whole set to get them.