Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey



Turkey plates, that is.
Here are a few classics to whet your Thanksgiving whistle!
Beginning with this wonderful, brown transferware plate by Wedgewood called "His Majesty."


Johnson Brothers has many turkey plate patterns to choose from. This one is called "Woodland Wild Turkey."
Notice the detail around the rim.


Another version of the Johnson Brothers plate, called "Woodland Turkey."
I actually found these last year at Tuesday Morning for $5.99 each!


And my all time favorite is this plate, also by Johnson Brothers, named "Wild Turkeys."
The rim is the same as my Windsorware Harvest plates and would mix nicely.
They are highly collectible and currently priced at $89.95 at Replacements.


"Barnyard King," by Johnson Brothers is a really fun plate. I'm a squirrel nut (no pun intended), so if I ever came across this in an antique store, I would definitely buy it!


Another Johnson Brothers plate, "Autumn Monarch" is splendid with the pumpkin and fall leaf border.


"Queen's Myott," by Churchill is still around. I've seen them in the past at Marshall's
and TJ Maxx!


Spode also has quite a few patterns to choose from, both vintage and new, like this one.

Spode's "Wild Turkey" plate has a lovely dark brown, almost black rim.


The brown transferware Spode, "Celebration Turkey" plate.


And finally, these plates from Pottery Barn are currently available for you to start your instant Thanksgiving plate collection, if hunting for years in antique stores, searching for that vintage pattern isn't your thing!

This year, I'll probably set the same table as I did last year, using the Johnson Brothers "Woodland Turkey" plates.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I'm very traditional and love the Thanksgiving cliche elements. The formula that works for me is paisley or plaid, turkey plates, fall flowers, leaves and gourds, stag horn flatware and jewel tone crystal. Hey, why re-invent the wheel?

For more "turkey talk," please visit Nancy at Nancy's Daily Dish for her feature on turkey platters and their history here. She was even interviewed and featured by Romantic Homes!
Nancy also has an Etsy shop specializing in transferware. If you are looking for turkey plates, this is THE site to visit here.
Also, The Tablescaper just posted about turkey plates and platters that she found at Brimfield here.



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39 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love those plates and wish I had some. I love the squirrel ones, too. What is it about squirrels that attracts us? They are so destructive to our house. They have chewed up our cornice board in several places. That one for $89 is gorgeous, but I guess I won't be collecting those anytime soon.

Bonnie Bee said...

Delores, I AGREE 100%.. your table is PERFECTION so why both to re-design for Thanksgiving... there is a lot to treasure about traditions... the table, the food, the company, and especially FAMILY!!!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

I like the traditional Thanksgiving look too. I think when you have a lot of guests for dinner, the traditional feel is what everyone expects and what makes them feel most comfortable.
Beautiful table!
-Shelley

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Delores, all of the plates are simply stunning! Love the tradition of Thanksgiving! Yes, your table is perfect the way it is...I wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for sharing!

The enchanted home said...

Your table is truly picture perfect, I wouldn't change a single thing! Love it....

cityfarmer said...

Set another place setting please!!

gobble gobble


just beautiful

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I love Barnyard King to, for the same reason...the squirrel border. I had the turkey platter and just sold it!

Come over and see my post on turkey platters and the history of them!

Nancy

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

OH, and Delores...I LOVE that paisley cloth on your table. I want one just like it!

Beautifully set!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Bless your heart! You are so sweet to link to me. I'm doing the same in my post. We've all three shown different patterns so I think anyone interested in these plates will have fun seeing the diversity.

Thank you Delores,

Nancy

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

What a great post! I enjoyed that article in Romantic Homes...and I've enjoyed this post. Lovely plates. I love them all. ; )
~Michele

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love any thing transfer ware! Brown, blue purple and black, just love it. where did you get your table cloth? Its perfect for a fall table.

vignette design said...

I bought the tablecloth from Pottery Barn two years ago. It is all wool and huge. Also, have a runner in the same pattern. They are reversible too! I wish they would bring them back

Sarah said...

Delores, it's fun to see all these choices. I don't have any turkey plates, but you sure do make me want to go shopping. Both The Tablescaper and Nancy did a wonderful job spotlighting turkey plates too. So much inspiration here! Thanks for sharing these. ~ Sarah

Linda said...

How beautiful, Delores! You've inspired me to hunt for turkey plates!

Grace said...

what a wonderful post, i enjoyed reading it. i love anything by johnson brothers, all their turkey patterns are beautiful. i think your table is lovely.~Grace

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Your table is georgous. Love all of the turkey plates; so pretty!

Karena said...

Delores I love your beautiful table!! It is so interesting how many patterns are available. I am not big on squirrels though :)

The Pottery Barn ones are lovely as well.

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

classic • casual • home said...

Your table cloth is gorgeous.

Stephanie said...

Brown & white transferware is my favorite!

Marlis said...

I so love your thanksgivings table. It's everything I want mine to be. I think I need to start collecting a variety of the gobbler plates, they are so pretty! I too am a traditionalist on Thanksgivings.. table doesn't vary too much from the year before.. very rustic chic! Hope things are going well for you.. xo marlis

An Eye for Detail said...

Delores: Looks just gorgeous!
I had just done a post on "Fabulous Find" of Erin's collection of brown transferware:
http://www.libbywilkiedesigns.com/2011/10/fabulous-finds-brown-transferware-from.html
Take a look for some new/old ideas!
Oh, and those red glasses on the table are just beautiful!

Kathysue said...

Hi D!! Love all of these turkey plates but my fave is the one with the squirrel also!! I love little squirrels and they fascinate me when I see them in our yard!!! Your tables are always gorgeous, you have such a wonderful eye for color and texture, I always love how you pull your elements together!!! Warm and inviting just like you my dear friend, xo Kathysue

Babs said...

Love all the turkey plates. I have the Wild Turkey one in your photo, but only the one. I found it at a consignement shop several years ago for $12, and wanted a set until I found out how expensive they are. Your Woodland Turkey" plates are so pretty and set a lovely table. Happy Thanksgiving.

Dawn said...

I love your table. I'm definately a sucker for the traditional look. However, I'm wondering how you serve dinner. There usually isn't a lot of room for the platters and such, so do you have a buffet/console and pass the platters around?

vignette design said...

Hi Dawn,
We serve the first course )salad or soup) on the plates. When the salad is finished, I remove them, then everyone gets up with their dinner plate and serves themselves buffet style. I usually set up the buffet on the kitchen island.
Seems more civilized that way, instead of passing all the food around.

carolinajewel said...

Great post for a turkey plate nut like me! I agree with you - your traditional table is perfect, so why would you want to change it?

Meredith said...

Your table is beautiful! I love your plates. Johnson Brothers is definitely one of my favorites!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your table is absolutely gorgeous. Why change a thing?

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Your tablescape is so pretty. I love the paisley on the table. The Johnson Brothers plates are so yummy looking.

Dee

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos! I didn't realize how beautiful these patterns are until I saw these pictures; the photos that dealers have online don't do these plates justice!

Kim said...

You inspired me! I don't usually act on something so quickly ... but I marched myself to Pottery Barn yesterday and bought 10 small turkey plates to use on my Thanksgiving Table. I have never been a fan of themes ... but truly, they make my table and actually will use these for years to come!

Victoria said...

Hi, Delores,
I had no idea there was such a variety of turkey plates. I love them. If I were not already a dish-aholic, I would star collecting them...where to find room???

I love your table setting and tablecloth. Guess I have to keep a closer eye on Pottery Barn. Your cloth looks like an antique. I wouldn't change a thing. Your table is perfection.
Have a great day.
Best...Victoria

Martha said...

I love those turkey plates. I have blue and white ones and saw some wonderful old English blue and white ones that I yearned for but at $95 each, I'm afraid that they didn't come home with me!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful plates and gorgeous table Delores.

I have JB Autumn Monarch dinner plates. I mix the plates with
Spode Woodlands patterns, now and then.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Your table is exquisite! All the turkey plates are lovely....I want them all! I have none myself, but I keep thinking I might just start looking and starting my own collection!

Smocking with Gwen said...

Delores...this was a fun "Look-See" for the turkey plates! Love the traditional aspect of your tablescape....the layers in this design are wonderful. As always, you have created a wonderful setting.
Thanks for sharing...

Jeanette said...

I have the turkey plates with the squirrels on them. They were my husbands grandmothers and my mother-in-law gave them to me years ago. I only use them every few years. This year we are going to our daughters so they won't be unpacked. Happy Thanksgiving!

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautifully set table! I agree...why reinvent the wheel if you don't have to? The traditional formula is tried and true...forever! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Rita May said...

Now that's a Thanksgiving table! Perfect in every way.
I love the traditional, classic look you created.

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