Friday, November 22, 2013

Flashback Friday: Talking Turkey

Turkey plates, that is.  
I wrote this post a few years ago and thought it would be fun to revisit these classic turkey plates 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 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!

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 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.

Here are a few traditional suggestions for your turkey day table:

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Betsy Speert said...

I like the Queens Myott.

Betty said...

I have never seen so many pretty turkey plates. Need to get one for me, I have a plain white plate. said...

These are all just gorgeous. I didn't realize Johnson & Bros. did so many. I've always wanted to collect them, but I rarely host, so I focus on Christmas instead. One of these years...

Babs said...

I love the "flying turkey" plate. I have just one, I bought several years ago. Recently, I saw 4 at an antique store and decor store, for the bargain price of $49 each. My husband said "get them", but my "frugal genes" wouldn't let me. :)

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

My favorite pic is your table setting! You set such beautiful, warm and inviting tables that you want to sit and linger at. I do love the flying turkey with just that little touch of purple but also Barnyard King as well. It really is so hard to choose a favorite. I find a few each year and think 'this is going to be it' and then I wind up selling it or finding something else! ha!

Thank you so much for the mention, Delores! I have actually moved my shop to my own domain now, so it's but still a big work in progress. Once I've got it fully stocked I'd love for you to host a giveaway.

Hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving,


Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I had no idea that there were so many different plates with turkeys. I love the Churchill one as I love its soft colours. I have some and I even sell some of them. But my absolute favourite is the plate with the very dark almost balck rim, so chic!

Decor To Adore said...

What amazing research you did Delores. I learned so much.

I hope you'll stop by and enter the 6th annual DTA Black Friday giveaway.

Have a lovely first week of advent.


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