I first read about Vintage Thingie Thursday on Smiling Sally's blog (she has a very neat post today, about her mother's sewing table). VTT is hosted by Suzanne at Coloradolady, and as she says, "Thursday is the day to showcase your vintage treasures and to share your special things with everyone." Please visit her blog to find out more about VTT or to participate yourself.
Anyway, I loved the idea of sharing vintage thingies. And since just about everything I own is "vintage" (i.e., old), I thought I'd join in and share my china cabinet, since it's filled with vintage stuff.
Mainly, it's where I keep my Autumn Leaf collection. As "collections" go, it's not worth all that much, since most of the pieces are well-used and in nothing like pristine condition. But it's worth a lot to me because it was handed down to me by my husband's grandmother (along with a couple of pieces from my mother).
I remember that Nonnie (my grandmother-in-law) used these plates and accessories for holiday meals. And I've used them myself, for Thanksgiving dinners. But I hate to see the gold rims get any more worn than they already are, so I've got most of the plates stored away, and I use the other pieces mainly just for display now.
I especially love this cake plate, and the little covered bowl, which is smaller than it looks in the photo and I think was used for holding drippings.
Autumn Leaf china was first produced by the Hall China Company in 1933, for the Jewel Tea Company to be used as a premium. Over the years, they introduced more and more accessories in addition to the basic sets of plates, cups and saucers. The pattern was discontinued in the late 1970s, and is no longer manufactured except for pieces commissioned for the National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club.