There are a lot of antiques shops in the sleepy river town of New Bern, NC.
Across from our hotel was also a large, very clean, well organized antiques
and auction mall. Booths were loaded with everything from a stunning antique
$7,000 Scottish grandfather clock, to this perfect, for me, $8.00 china beauty!
I almost missed it as it was on a plate hanger down low on the side of a display case.
I gently took it off the hook and turned it over before really even looking at the
lovely transferware blue flowers. It's more of a shallow bowl (for soup I believe) than
a plate and seeing the Wedgwood back stamp I knew it was old.
The crack doesn't bother me, I have a lot of well-worn, crazed, cracked and
chipped, but much loved pieces of china. The flowers are beautiful and the blue
shades are perfection.
This Wedgwood pattern is 'LACE' and the intricate lace design surrounds the bowl.
I brought it home and spent some time online trying to locate more of this
china pattern, only coming up with one cup and saucer, described as 'rare',
for sale on Etsy.
I have however been able to date my piece via a listing of Wedgwood marks.
It was made by Josiah Wedgwood in 1893 at the Etruria Ceramics Factory,
Staffordshire, England. So it's definitely an 'antique' and I'm enjoying it here
on the Welsh dresser in the dining room.