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Monday, 12 June 2017

A Treasure Trove of Vintage Beauties

"Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can drink from a chipped cup." ~ Greta Nagel

Welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage dear friends! This may be my last post for a while depending on how I feel after my surgery. That date is drawing nigh this week. 

The other day my Auntie P, my cousin, and my Aunt Ruby made a trip to the Island to visit my mother who is in a nursing home. They also brought with them a box full of Auntie P's dishes for me.

This is setting is from a "tea in the garden" one year.

Now most of you know the story of my Rose Chintz, how much I love it, and how I acquired most of this girly china.... 

"I love things that bear the touch of time, chips and all - they're more beautiful than perfection." ~ Victoria magazine

This pretty pattern tugs at my heart strings every time I look at it. It is a glorious bouquet of pink roses, rose buds, and soft blue forget-me-nots on a creamy white background, captured under a glaze, to be preserved forever. The teacups and mugs each have a delightful little spray of blue forget-me-nots and a single rosebud inside the cup. It is charming, feminine, and just makes me happy to look at it. It is a pattern which seems to give a romantic nod to by-gone days when manners were still in fashion.

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." ~ Emma Goldman

This vintage Johnson Bros Rose Chintz coffee pot belonged to my Auntie P and it holds so many lovely memories that I just had to share it again with you. 

Whenever we visited Auntie she would always set a big tray with this coffee pot filled with coffee and a plate of sandwiches. I look at this pretty coffee pot and I think of her and remember so many wonderful visits. 

Many of you who have been following my blog for any length of time also know, the pattern Rose Chintz reminds me of my childhood and our visits to my auntie's home in New Brunswick which is where I hail from originally. For as long as I can remember, she had always set her table with this pretty china. 

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. ~ Ben Hogan 

It is also bittersweet because the time has come for Auntie to part with them. She is newly widowed and in a retirement/assisted living residence where she must receive a little care. 

She promised me her dishes years ago when she was finished with them and alas, that time has come. Sadly, even the emails she and I had so much fun sending to one another have come to a halt because she can no longer use a computer.

So here is the rest of her beautiful china. As you can see, there are plates in every size; tea/bread and butter plates, salad/starter plates, breakfast plates, and dinner plates. 

There are mugs, bowls in varying sizes, salt and pepper shakers, a platter, one of several I have now, and a number of serving bowls in varying sizes and shapes. Some pieces have a chip and some have worn but that means they were loved and well used. That makes them ever more special. 

I love the square bowls and plates!

I am thrilled to have the salt and peppers! I also have three creamers and two covered sugar bowls.

And these little oval pickle dishes will come in handy for so many things.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. ~ Henri Matisse

These are some of the pieces Auntie gave me a number of years ago. The pitcher is a favourite and looks splendid holding lilacs. 

Rose Chintz at lilac season. 

I have several double egg cups as well as demi-tasses and the gravy boat with the underplate.

I have enough mugs and teacups for a party. I haven't counted the pieces but I am pretty sure I have at least two dozen of each plate and bowl. Remember, I have already acquired many pieces from Auntie before this. 

Auntie has made this niece of hers very happy! Not only do I have this treasure trove of beautiful dishes from her but I have all the wonderful memories attached to them.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

The majority of the Rose Chintz has the pink Johnson Bros mark as well as the green mark on the back of each piece. This means they are vintage and manufactured between the year 1930 and 2003. After that they were made in China. Some pieces are very difficult to find now-a-days. One can find pieces on ebay and in antique shops but not all of them bear the pink stamp and green mark. If the piece bears this JB mark, then you know it was made in England.

So, here you see the majority of my Rose Chintz collection. It will be cherished and will always bring to remembrance the dear auntie who set her table so prettily with them for so many years. Thank you, my beloved Auntie, I love you so much and God bless you!

God bless you too, dear blogger friends. Wishing you all an extraordinary week and thank you so much for visiting.  

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Sandi, I'm so sorry that Auntie P is not well enough to use her lovely china, but happy that she has such a worthy recipient of it all! I hope your surgery goes well and you have a great recovery.

  2. Your Auntie P is a generous and loving person, and how wonderful to give you her beloved dishes in person. They are indeed beautiful.
    I hope your surgery goes well. I will be praying for you.

  3. Dearest Sandy,
    your Auntie P. presented you such a precious, charming gift, thank you for sharing this delight with us, my heart is filled with joy watching at such a beauty !

    Wishing you all my best - take care and recover soon, Dearie !-
    I'm sending blessings across the many miles,
    with sincere gratitude

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  4. What a delightful set of china...I love it when beautiful dishes come with love and memories attached from a dear loved one. Every time you use any piece of this set you will remember Auntie P and have happy thoughts of cherished times together. Praying for you as you go through this next surgery. I just had some minor surgery and am still does take a while to get back to what I would consider "normal"...what I am learning is to give in to the need for sleep and rest as much as possible. That is God's way of healing our bodies. God bless you sweet friend!

  5. I know how much you love your dear Auntie P., Sandi, and how very thoughtful of her to generously gift you with her remaining pieces of the memory-filled Rose Chintz dishes. What a treasured gift for you, for you will lovingly care for those dishes for years to come.
    Prayers are with you as you undergo your next surgery. Soon it will be over, my friend, and you can enjoy the rest of your summer. Love and God bless you.

  6. Dear Sandi, I very much enjoyed this beautiful post. Bless your precious Aunt and her gracious spirit. I pray your surgery will go well and you will be feeling better than new soon!

  7. I've come to know your Auntie P over the years through your mention of her on the blog and her kind heart. I think the china came to you at a good time to give you a lift and reflect on this wonderful woman, and aunt who is special to you.
    Prayers and a hug for the upcoming surgery.

  8. Oh dearest Sandi , how beautiful are those dishes . I know that you will treasure them forever and just the fact that they came from your family holds such endearment . Praying for you for your surgery dear lady . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  9. What a beautiful gift and so poignant that the time has come for her to pass them on. I know you treasure them.

    Prayers for your surgery Sandi!

  10. I have a full set of a different Johnson Brothers pattern, "Heritage Hall". My grandmother passed them down to me when she, like your Auntie P. was no longer able to take care of herself. I have many years of memories from family holiday dinners served on those dishes, and those memories are priceless. Thank you for sharing your precious memories and lovely family treasures with us.

  11. Dear Sandi:
    What an amazing spread of lovely Rose Chintz. It is so pleasing to the eye! I love family treasures which keep tradition going too! Will be praying for you this week. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Beautiful Rose Chintz china! What a loving family you must have, indeed a blessing.
    Praying for a successful surgery! Blessings!

  13. That is a beautiful set... I can see why you treasure them. :)

  14. I am swooning over your wonderful Rose Chintz collection and I love the family memories associated with them. The countdown to Operation: Gallbladder Removal is on!

  15. A beautiful post! The China is lovely but the memories wonderful! Praying for you and a speedy recovery.

  16. Sandi, what a precious gift from your Aunt! I love this beautiful china. I don't own a single piece, so I get my Rose Chintz fix through you. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Hi Sandi,
    What a beautiful collection and lovely memories to go with them.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Take care,

  18. I haven't been blogging much so I'm out of the loop. I'm not sure why you are having surgery, but I wish you well.

  19. Blessings to you for a speedy recover...I do so enjoy your post here in Virginia and look forward to your next blogs.

  20. Beautiful set of dishes. You have wonderful memories!!

  21. I know you are thrilled to have those dishes from your aunt
    They are gorgeous the way you have the plates layered.
    I was at a friends this week and she has the tall coffee pot in that pattern

  22. Sandi how beautiful and what a treasure.

  23. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  24. Bittersweet indeed. Ever since we met, years ago now, whenever I see this pattern I think of you! We are continuing to pray for you and the surgery...and a speedy recovery. May God keep you in perfect peace as you rest in Him.

  25. Sandi, What a wonderful gift with such great family memories. Your aunt is fortunate to have someone that sees value in her dishes. What a full set. Use and enjoy them. I love the lilacs! Loved this post. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day! Sylvia D.

  26. Sandi, just popped back in to say I hope you're recovering nicely from your surgery. Get well soon!

  27. Hello, dearest Sandi...I hope you have fared well in your recovery and that the surgery was not too cumbersome. Thank you for sharing this lovely walk down memory lane, you have quite the collection! Best wishes for you, and for Auntie too. Feel well!

  28. Bitter sweet my dear... so sad that we all have to come to a place where we can no longer do certain things.. glad she enjoyed her lovely dishes for the longest she could. I love this Johnson pattern to you are very lucky to receive them all.. I love those sweet shakers. Now I want a pair of them. Hehe love and hugs Janice


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