Welcome to another Vintage Indie reader submission, Vintage Collection Feature .
Today we are visiting with Rachel from Tigerluxe. She has a
gorgeous collection of various vintage dishes that she would like to share with you. I
hope you will enjoy peeking into her collection and finding out more
VI - What made you start collecting these dishes?
Rachel - I had an old bunch of mish mash dishes that I was using, and I came upon a box of Steubenville’s Fairlane pattern and i just loved it...it was mostly dishes, bowls, teacups and saucers, and like a gravy boat or something. I just kept my eye out for extra
pieces and gradually collected pretty much the whole set. I had fallen in love with the
Colorway and pattern, and started seeing similar patterns and Colorways like Taylor, Smith & Taylor's Ever Yours "Boutonnière," which matched really nicely. I also have a thing for Bavarian china, which often has a cornflower, bachelor's button, or dianthus type pattern in similar colors. and a collection was born (even though i didn't need any more china).
VI - Do you know any of the history behind your
Rachel - I've done some basic research, I know that Ever Yours "Boutonniere" dates to the mid '60s and Fairlane dates to the late '60s...it was really hard for me to track down any information when I first started collecting. Now there seem to be so many more resources. I have some pieces of Fairlane that were from my friend's grandmother's set, he had grown up eating off of those every Sunday morning for brunch.
VI - What's your favorite item out of your collection?
Rachel - The pieces that I keep out to look at and appreciate are my favorites (I have tons in storage). I can see my china cabinet from my living room sofa, and I often find myself looking in their direction. It's kind of strange I suppose, but they really are pretty to look at. coffee pots, tea pots and sherry decanters are always a favorite of mine, mostly the fancy stuff.
VI - What's missing from your collection, that
you dream about having?
Rachel - I would love to find a forgotten garage somewhere that held the whole set of each pattern in its original boxes, but that's like finding the pot of gold I think! I’m happy with what I already have and whatever I find. I have a kismetic philosophy when it comes to collecting.
- What do you think makes a great collector or a great collection?
Rachel - A great collection is anything that you have enough of to feel a sense of accomplishment, and enough of a certain thing that people react to in
some way...it could be 2 or 200 things. and a great collector is someone who follows a personal passion rather than a trend, and who both loves
and can let go of it all.
A special thanks to Rachel for sharing her fabulous collection with us. Be sure to visit her vintage shop Tigerluxe. You never know when a piece of your collection may just show up!