To Orwell Today,
re: BLUE WILLOW DISHES POEM
I, too, have a set of Blue Willow dishes. Yes, they were my Grandmother's!
You mention having a set that is darker and has only "Japan" stamped on the bottom and that describes my set. Have you found any information about your set? All I know about mine is that they are pre-World War II. Curiosity gets the best of me on occasion and I do a little bit of research--thus finding your website today. Any information would be appreciated since I know very little about my set.
Yes, I have a set that has just "Japan" stamped on the back. It's a darker blue than my other sets (which are stamped with the name of the manufacturer and "made in England" on the back).
Here are a couple of articles that, in addition to the articles already listed on my website, add some info on the pattern and its origins.
The Love Poem that Created Blue Willow Dinnerware and History of Blue Willow China
All the best,
4 BLUE WILLOW DISHES POEMS (reader Barbara's mother told her the story of her grandmother reciting the Blue Willow poem to her 90 years ago)
BLUE WILLOW PLATE POEM (reader Reed sends his grandfather's version of the Blue Willow dishes poem)
Reader Chrissy asks for help finding out about the set of Blue Willow dishes she was given by her grandmother
Reader Serenyi sends another version of the Blue Willow poem
Reader Colleen wonders about the age of her "Blue Willow" set of dishes
TENNESSEE VERSION BLUE WILLOW (reader Barbara sends version she learned from her grandmother)
BLUE WILLOW DISHES POEM
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