Friday, June 1, 2007
Lost and Found, EDM Challenge #4
I was married in 1975, and one of my wedding gifts was a set of Noritake china from my Grandma Tess, the set she got when she married in the 1920’s. The pattern is Sultana, and there are cups, saucers, plates and bowls of various sizes, as well as serving pieces, for twelve people. The pattern has a yellow band decorated with white flowers, and black medallions with roses. Each piece is trimmed in gold, much worn these days. On most Sundays when I was a child our family drove to Elkhorn for a noon meal with my grandparents. It was never a dinner because my dad had to milk cows around 4:00 PM, and the timing wouldn’t work out. These noon meals were always served on this china. When I received the set I noticed there were eleven china cups, and one odd one. It turned out that my great grandmother, Grandma Smith, had broken a cup, and replaced it with one in a different pattern to make up for the accident. So, for years I searched around for a matching cup, flea markets, antique stores, later on the internet. I subscribed to Replacements.com, and finally this month the cup became available. So after years and years I have the complete set. Nobody had better break one of those cups! Actually it is very unlikely, considering we only use china once in blue moon. The sketch is done with Micron pen with Plume markers.