The Sisters Hawthorne & Willow Pattern Plate

Oh how I simply love this piece of willow pattern sheet music. I had this beauty put in a frame and under glass as it is so very fragile. I obviously loved the willow plate on the cover, but the entire bit of music inside is all about the Willow Pattern Plate. I purchased this online from a music museum in Chicago Illinois several years ago and have managed to lose the details of the purchase, but none the less here she is.

This obviously was a portrait taken of the Hawthorne sisters. Under the photo on the cover it indicates Regent Portrait Company 122 Regent Street. From what I have found on these ladies, they were American born but were British Hall singers and performed in London at the Oxford Music Hall.

This was what one of the ads for the performance stated:

The Oxford music hall, London, week beginning Monday, 12 July 1898
‘A highly popular favourite at the Oxford is Miss Lil Hawthorne, a beautiful American girl, one of the Three Sisters Hawthorne, who made such a hit in “The Willow Pattern Plate” last year. “Lil,” while singing her first song, creates a diversion by distributing a number of dolls among the audience.

Inside the front cover was this beautiful Willow pattern story is so cool and points to the facts that the plate got it’s name because the young lovers ran off during a time that the willow began to lose its leaves!

The music inside is all of the willow pattern plate story. I took some time to research when the music was copyrighted and to be very honest, it took me a while. I am not into reading roman numerals.

The music copyright date is 1816!!!!!!

How cool is it that they used so much willow back in the day. I may pull out some other paper items and post them here from time to time! It is fun to see how the willow pattern was used!

Happy Willowing!


Pastel Willow for Spring/Easter

Who else loves Pastel? I totally love Tiffany blue as all of you know. But man it is so hard to come up with full sets of pastel willow. I do have 6 place settings of the pink, but I also like to mix and match colors.

I love layering various forms of glassware. In this case, I have added some pink depression glass as well as some milk glass you can see in other pictures. I love the offsetting colors in this multi colored willow plate.

I also love mixing in some contrasting colors like this green platter. It is a heavy restaurant ware platter. There are two of these little gems on my table and I think they look so pretty next to the mulberry cups and saucers.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am so tired of winter weather, so today I am focused on Easter and the spring it brings with it! I just cannot stand to be stuck inside. One last question, does your place setting have to match? Do you layer different patterns? Do you mix and match?

Happy Willowing! Here’s to better weather days ahead.


One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

What does this scraggly old wreath have to do with willow? I know, I know, follow me here! I am sure you are thinking, throw that thing out! But I am here to tell you, there is something inside of me that takes someone’s trash and turns it into treasure. And for that little bit of time that I am engrossed in my project, I am not thinking about the many things I have to get done or the struggles of the day, so believe it or not, this is my “healthy”. This wreath cost me $3.99 at a thrift store.

I immediately saw the value behind it and the little girl at the counter said do you want me to put it behind the counter. The anxiety in me wanted to put my hands on it and place it in my buggy, but I agreed to leave it behind the counter…I of course said, “now don’t sell that while I shop!” Mom and I walked off and began looking for cheap treasures.

I am not the kind of person that takes lots of time to make something! One of two things happen, it is done in 4 hours or I quit. I give up in frustration that it is taking way too much time! I also hate when I try something and my “fix” doesn’t quite work. Failure is a big struggle for me.

My daughter got married months ago so I had a good bit of blue and white flowers around. But I decided to take a trip to the good old dollar store to see what I could find for greenery. Here is what I came home with!

They were $3 a bunch and I took them all apart to have individual pieces to put on the wreath wherever it looked empty. So each $3 bunch gave me 4-5 flowers and 4-5 sets of leaves. I used little wire plate hangers and tiny little plastic ties to adhere them to the wreath.

Now for how it turned out. First and foremost I cannot make bows. Like out of my realm of possibilities so this isn’t finished yet but it is a great start. I took 4 little willow saucers. I think I probably should have used different sizes but I was in a hurry! Not real sure why, but I was in a hurry. 10,000 things to do going through my head.

I only had a little bit of ribbon and I think it need something else, but hey, it isn’t trash anymore!

I have a friend in Charleston that is going to help me make one…she is extremely talented and I have bare walls at the rental so we are going to work on sprucing those up a bit. I also have a beautiful white mantle there that needs something. So I will keep you updated. Not finished but closer than the $3.99 wreath I purchased.

Remember when you see something you think….hey I might use that or that would make a good start for XYZ…if you truly think you will use it pick it up and keep adding to it.

Happy Willowing


Willow & Military!

At first glance when I found this piece online I thought it was just another ordinary butter dish. Much like my others it has a small Staffordshire butter pat in the center and a wooden surround. Upon close examination, I looked at the brass plate attached at the bottom.

I will be the first to tell you, I simply love history, so I didn’t think twice about clicking By It Now on Ebay! Turns out the wooden surround was made from the HMS Iron Duke, the Admiral Jellicoe’s Flagship, which was commissioned in Jutland in 1916. I of course had to research the ship itself! The following page is a wealth of information on this particular ship!

Meet Iron Duke: The Royal Navy’s Flagship Super Dreadnought Battleship | The National Interest

In late May 1916, Iron Duke served as Jellicoe’s flagship at the Battle of Jutland. At the head of the British line, it inflicted serious damage on the German battleship SMS Konig, as well as several smaller ships. The German prey escaped in the night, however, and Iron Duke returned to Scapa Flow as the Navy became mired in controversy. The failure to destroy the High Seas Fleet, despite obvious British advantages, took a severe toll on public and elite impressions of Admiral Jellicoe. Jellicoe was eventually “promoted” out of the command of the Grand Fleet, and replaced by David Beatty. The crew of Iron Duke didn’t care for the new admiral, so Beatty moved his flag to Queen Elizabeth. The rest of Iron Duke’s World War I career was uneventful. Reference the page above for additional info.

I thought it was so neat to have a piece of history and to also have it adorn the willow pattern! Very interesting.

I guess I love history because my father was 60 when I was born. He served in WWII on the front lines in the Army and also later in the Korean Conflict. Unfortunately he lost both brothers in battle. My dad talked about the hardships and struggles he faced serving. He left the graphic details to stories he told my older brother in law. Unfortunately his service brought PTSD and the inability to only have one drink….alcoholism. He was a wonderful man but back 30+ years ago the resources were just not there for these men and women.

Despite his struggles he was a good man. He loved his family and would have done anything for them. He was the type of person to give the shirt off of his back.

My grandfather was a cook in the military (army) and served in WWI. It was during my grandfather’s service that he met a pilot in the Airforce named Kiffin Rockwell. He was a very good friend to my grandfather during his active duty and later when my grandparent had children they would name my father after him. Kiffin Rockwell McDaniel. I always loved my father’s name, and where it came from!

In any case, I suppose that was a trip down memory lane for me! Regardless I love my little dish and will continue to cherish it.

Oh and lastly…I became a NANA yesterday to a healthy baby boy. I am super excited to meet the little guy. Hopefully next week. I will keep you posted.

Happy willowing!


Willow Pattern Song Plate – Ambassador England

I love this song plate! It is over 15 inches around! It is definitely a serving platter. Here is the song identified on the plate:

Two Wild Pigeons Flying High, A little Vessel Sailing By, A weeping Willow Hanging over, A bridge with 3 men if not 4, Here the Giant’s Castle stand, Famous known throughout the land, Here’s a tree with apples on, Here’s a fence to end the song.

Here are some close ups of the song:

This is an older plate as you can see from the mark on the back it has crazing and some discoloration. The mark clues me in as to where this item was sold. The border is very pretty as well.

So a little about Henry Morgan. He was originally from Scotland. He was born in 1819 and passed in 1893. He moved from Scotland to Canada where he began selling dry goods, etc. In 1850 he separated from a partnership and began a department store of his own according to Wikipedia!

How much fear would you have had to move from one country to another in the 1800’s, but I am so inspired that his vision made him step out into faith for a future completely unseen with only one friend in Canada. This also shows you the true value of a solid friendship. I really need to work on that in my life! I need to take time for friends.

For now, I am glad it is Friday and I can sing a willow song. Happy Willowing.


Willow Stenciled Dresser gets final touches!

Well, I couldn’t leave this alone! I just had to take it one step further and line the drawers with willow pattern wall paper. Way back several years ago….say 2014, I decided I wanted to wallpaper a room with willow pattern wallpaper. I ordered 6 or so rolls, but never got up the guts to even ask my husband. He HATES wall paper. So I stockpiled it and finally today, I pulled it out and opened it.

Literally it has not been open since August of 2014…I never opened the box. I am here to tell you folks, wall paper gets brittle, use it timely! 7 years rolled up makes it difficult to unroll without tearing it, but I did the best I could.

I must admit I am fairly excited about how it turned out. Because the wallpaper was so old, I decided to adhere it with 3m adhesive spray and it worked really well. I am in love with how the entire piece turned out! From trash to treasure!

Oh, to be honest I am looking for another piece to refinish!!!!! I can’t wait to turn something else into a beautiful piece of art…..willow art!

Happy Willowing!


Sauce Tureens, a Willow Pattern Favorite

I have come to love these small little willow pattern sauce tureens. To be honest, I don’t have much room for any large willow at this stage unless I start getting rid of some of the earlier pieces I purchased. I think this is kind of how every willow lover’s collections changes and becomes more dynamic. At first it started with the willow you get from Kroger, then added Japanese…then English and English is really where my heart is. So my collection has evolved as I have begun to love more unusual pieces.

Anyhow, on to these small sauce tureens. I think for me, this is the perfect size for gravy, but many call them sauce tureens. They are approximately 5 inches wide and maybe 4 inches tall. As you can see I have three of these beauties. Each one a different color, each one probably a different manufacturer, and each has different handles and finials. Regardless, it is impossible to pick a favorite even from just three examples.

The blue tureen is adorned with a gorgeous lion finial. I love this little piece and it was the first small tureen I ever purchased. The inside only shows the border pattern, but the lion still speaks volumes. It is only marked on the bottom with a number.

I don’t have a great deal of brown willow, but the pieces I do have, I simply adore. This little tureen has a beautiful molded finial and handles. The inside has portions of the willow pattern. It too is marked with a number and no manufacturer.

Up next is my Ridgway Gaudy Willow Sauce Tureen. This piece is stunning, the colors are vibrant and the gold touches set this one off. The inside of the tureen is the most detailed of all three of these pieces.

I love all three examples of a sauce tureen. I can’t help but wonder how on earth people back in the late 1800’s ate so little! I mean, I have gravy boats way larger than these! To be fair, I think maybe I need to start eating out of these smaller willow pieces so I can learn better portion control!!!! I need help!!!

The gallery below shows the shapes and sizes of these three in comparison.

I think I need a red willow sauce tureen, a green willow sauce tureen, and well the list goes on!

Until next time, stay safe, enjoy your willow and watch your portions!


Willow Pattern China on the mend!

Some of my most favorite pieces are Pearlware. I love the light feel, the grayish white background and the soft blue pattern on each of these pieces. At some point I ordered this beautiful set and it was shipped from the UK. It was marked as having damage but to my surprise this is what I saw when I unpacked it. It was the first time I had laid eyes on a piece where metal staples had been used to repair a piece of china.

I was so happy to get an almost complete set. It is missing the center piece but I used a potted meat willow container simply to keep the pieces in line in the wooden tray. The piece is unmarked but is probably late 1800’s. It is simply gorgeous. I fell in love with the stapled pieces!

I was simply amazed that pieces of china would be repaired using staples. In my research I found they actually use a small drill to drill through the china to put the staple in, size the staple (often brass) and then they fill in afterwards with a glue or filler of sorts. This set truly has a special place in my heart due to those staples. Someone really loved and cherished this piece. I fell in love with the finale as well.

Next up is one of my favorite items. My collection is geared towards very old English pieces as well as toby jugs, cows, cats and figurines. Toby jugs are a huge passion of mine, although my friend Mason has me beat with a collection that will knock your socks off!!!!

To the naked eye, he looks to be in great condition with some minor paint loss but upon close examination you can see they used metal staples to reattach a broken handle. Again this is amongst my favorite pieces because someone loved it so much they repaired it! He had to be special. I call him Cliff….no idea why but he is now Cliff.

Now, if you are interested in seeing the technique used to repair pieces like this take a look at the video below:

I can’t imagine putting a small hand drill or a hammer near my precious willow items. BTW… I love that he has a blue willow cup and saucer sitting with his coffee or tea in it!!!!

For now, lets all enjoy the fact that we all have some brokenness in our lives. We all need some mending somewhere. Enjoy your stapled pieces of willow and share on my Facebook page (Blue Willow Treasures)!!!! I love seeing other people’s finds.

Happy willowing!


Willow Pattern & Tobacco – What do they have in common?

As a child, I used to remember my grandmother rubbing snuff. Yes, I said grandmother, not grandfather, he used to use chewing tobacco, Mail Pouch to be specific. I used to get so grossed out by the spittoon at the end of the couch or next to grandma’s recliner. It was so gross! But her spittoon was not so pretty either. Hers was an old Folgers metal coffee can with a plastic lid!

The picture above is one of my most favorite pieces. It is a Royal Doulton Spittoon. It is an evergreen colored pattern on a mustard glazed background. It is the only piece I have with this color scheme. The pattern is simply meticulous. I truly wonder what other “interesting” pieces they made in this pattern. It is probably easier to see table ware than pieces like this.

My next piece of Tobacco willow is a tiny little tobacco jar with a brass rim.

This adorable little tobacco jar is made in Paris and is marked with a G….and I can’t tell what the second letter is. It is also marked Dipose as well as Paris France. I love that it is made to look like a stack of blue willow plates. I am guessing this would have been made for a beautify lady like my grandmother. I just don’t see a man carrying something like this around to hold their tobacco or snuff! Anyway, these are two of my favorite pieces.

If anyone has any info on the mark on the tobacco jar, I am all ears. My research hasn’t produced any additional information. By the way I think this may be my only willow from France!

I hope you are staying safe, searching for new willow surprises and staying warm!

Happy willowing.

Basaltine Willow – So colorful

I have totally fallen in love with the vibrant bright colors on Basaltine Willow. For those of you who don’t know my favorite color is a mix between lime green and olive green! It is not blue! Regardless, when I purchased my first piece of Basaltine willow I was so drawn to it. The first time I saw a piece was at my first willow convention. I knew I had to search out some for my collection.

I honestly thought for the longest time, these pieces only came in pieces you would display. I never knew they were made in pieces like plates. Who in their right mind would drag a knife or form across something this beautiful? Not me…I have managed to find 2 plates but am on the hunt for more! If you have any, I am your buyer!!!!

This vase is one of my favorites. It is over 13 inches tall and the pattern is simply so vibrant.

An up close picture shows you how detailed this is. The pattern itself had to be hand painted as different areas are much more raised than others. It is simply gorgeous.

The last piece I have is this gorgeous pitcher. It is about the same size as a can of coke! While it may be small, it is still stunning by itself. Now onto some history of the manufacturer!

The Beardmore Story » Frank (

Francis William Beardmore was born in Burslem on October 19th 1870. As a young man Frank was good friends with Arnold Bennett and in in April 1897 he married Bennett’s sister, Frances Gertrude (Sissie). Arnold Bennett went on to become a famous writer – and omelette. Bennett’s life and career have been comprehensively covered elsewhere. See this BBC article for example.

Frank and Sissie had four children: Francis Alan (1899-1977), Margaret (1901-1976), Roger (1904-1992) and George Cedric (1908-1979).

In  1901 Frank founded the firm of Frank Beardmore and Co. at the Sutherland Pottery in Fenton. In addition to tableware they produced Sutherland Art Ware, which has since become highly collectable, but Frank doesn’t seem to have been a very successful businessman.

Frank Beardmore and Co. was wound up in 1913. His son George wrote later that “he was a defeated man all the time I knew him, I mean after the Sutherland went bust, and the face he put on it for the rest of his life has been a living example to me.”

Frank and his family moved to 15 Prince’s Gardens Lane, Dowanhill, Glasgow where Frank became Works Manager for the Brittania Pottery. Later Frank worked in London as a representative for a number of pottery firms. The family lived at 22 Holmdene Avenue, Harrow. They called their house ‘Knype’; the name Arnold Bennett had given to Stoke in his ‘Five Towns’ novels.

Below is an add for some of Frank Beardmore’s wares. Now, take a look at that second picture…….holy cow I am on the hunt for that yellow candle stick! I am totally in love!

The link I placed above has some additional history, but now more than ever, my hunt will continue!

Happy Willowing folks!


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