Monday, May 17, 2010

Fine Dining

Not long after my first Noritake find I came across this gorgeous tea-set in another Vinnie's Store...
I absolutely love the pale blue band on the outside, platinum rim and delicate flowers on the inside of the cups, so pretty and just $10.

I haven't had much luck finding any info on this particular design, it is marked RC Japan with a little laurel leaf on the base, I have read that this mark was introduced in 1926 by Noritake and re-used in the mid-fifties.

Fast forward a few weeks and back in the same Vinnie's I found...

...a 16-piece dinner service in the same pattern for a grand total of $16! I have been on the lookout for a nice service and don't think I could have found anything even new this cheap never mind a beautiful vintage set in perfect condition!

I particularly love the delicate bowls.


I am really looking forward to cooking a very fancy dinner to use this beautiful service along with these gorgeous linen damask napkins I picked up for $5 still in their box, these retail new in Ireland for EUR 68 which is about $100!

I am thinking that if there were a few weeks between me finding the tea set and the dinner service in the same store they may have some more matching pieces out the back... Wouldn't you just love to sneak into the storage area in your favourite Op Shop to see what's waiting to be priced and found?

Who knows? In a another few weeks maybe I'll find a matching teapot or soup tureen? Wish me luck :-)

14 comments:

Linda said...

This is a beautiful set of dishes and you can't beat the price! I think you have a real treasure here. Good luck with finding more pieces.

mylittlebirdie said...

its just beautiful! i love the colours, the pale blue with the pink flowers, gorgeous. and to score the same pattern weeks apart... what a fluke! enjoy your special dinner it'll be all the more special now : )

Minnie said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one wishing for a peek at that sorting/storage area in the back of thrift shops! This is such a great find. I just adore those roses inside the teacups and the shape of those bowls. You're bound to have a lovely dinner party with this entire set.

Anna said...

Some super thrifty bargains your scored yourself there..dont you love it!

Year at the Op Shop said...

Thank you so much for stopping past my blog or I would never have known about yours! I have just gone back through your entire archive. So much stuff you have found that I love. Immensely jealous of the Le Crueset finds. You must have some great haunts up there in Sydney. Your Vinnies sounds like a winner too.

E. Fernandez said...

what a great find! love the light blue and flower combination. wish you'll find more pieces of the same pattern!

Looxx said...

Oooooh, I'm loving all your finds. Well done you!

PJ said...

hi there, just been checking out your blog as crazy op shopper. Is it bad to say i've considered volunteering so I do legally get to go in the back room to find all the treasures before every else does?

Stop by and check out my blog ... http://lovesabargain.blogspot.com

:)

Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

Thanks so much for popping past my blog. Loving your corner of the blog sphere here too! I couldn't agree more with everything you said!

Mary said...

How beautiful. I do wish you luck ;)

C@Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Noritake is one of my faves! Love what you have found here. Wishing you more luck. :)

Serena said...

Great set of dishes! You really lucked out. For help in identifying the pattern, you may want to check out www.replacements.com, a US site that specializes in dinnerware, flatware, and crytal pieces. You can try searching for your pattern in their archives, or you can just follow their instructions on how to submit photos of your pieces for pattern identification.

Cornflake said...

Great finds! I've also found some fantastic plates at my local op shop, amazing what people will throw out! :-)

madge said...

love this find! :)