November 12, 2017:


It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Need Help Identifying An Old Plate

Hi everyone!

I'm taking a short break from my latest Look for Less adventure (menswear designer Joseph Abboud's pied-a-terre living room -- absolutely awesome!) while getting ready for a neighborhood rummage sale that will be held September 12 - 14.  In previous years I have not participated, figuring I didn't have enough stuff and/or interesting stuff.

On a whim I emailed one of my friends last weekend, who has a sister who does rummage sales on a regular basis, and asked if they would be interested in participating.  To my shock, they said yes, they would!  So, they're coming over the evening of September 12 after I get home from work and we'll set up some things in my garage and get ready to stage the rest out on the driveway early Friday morning, September 13.  Yes, Friday the 13th, bwwwwwaaaahhhhaaaaa!  Actually, the 13th is usually an auspicious day because 13 is the number of the Goddess.  Friday falling on the 13th was given a really bad rap by the early christian church fathers who were fighting a losing battle against the forces of paganism, until they finally relented and turned Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, into a form of the ancient Mother Goddess (complete with eternal virginity) about the time of the "Holy" (cough cough) Roman Emperpor, Constantine, and everyone lived more or less happily after ever, but only after hundreds of years of massacres and such with lots of killing of innocent women and children, all in the name of the patriarchal god.  And then a new patriarchal god arose out of the desert sands and the fighting started all over again.  But that's another story.  Meanwhile, us ladies are hoping we'll all sell lots of stuff  make some money to buy new stuff, har :) 

Getting ready for the sale is - lots of work.  Geez! 

I started cleaning out the kitchen last night (I was shocked at how many items I found to offer up for sale, wow!) I came across an old plate that was in my first house, bought in 1986:

It was stashed in one of the kitchen cabinets and I saved it, sentimental lady that I am.  I just could not bring myself to throw it out.  It isn't much to look at; it has a large chip, the finish is worn off some of the rim, there is a rusty haze underneath the glaze, the glaze is crazed (LOL!) - crackled might be a better description, the darker blue glaze isn't equally centered around the plate perimeter and thus the floral design isn't centered in the lighter blue-white area of the plate!  The plate has been stashed away for years.  I pulled it out last night as I was going through my cabinets, not intending to offer it up for sale, and probably for the first time since I found it in 1986, I took a look at the back, curious to see if there was a mark on it or not.  I didn't expect to find one.

But there is a mark.  It's a crown with a little tiny cross centered above it, and some lettering and possibly numbers under the base of the crown, but it is blurred and even with my Walgreens magnifying readers on I cannot make out the lettering/numbers, other than what looks like a C and possibly a period after the C.  The next letter could be an R or a P, and there are two more symbols after the R or P, but honestly, they could be either numbers or letters. The even smaller symbols underneath this first row are impossible for me to make out at all.

I tried taking several different photos of the mark, but none of them has come out clearly -- not that the symbol itself is clear.  It's not a spikey or pointy tipped crown, the crests are rounded, and there are four of them, with the little cross centered above the dip between the two center crests.

I tried taking a close-up and it didn't work.  The photo above is the 'best' of the many I took, and it's not good at all.

One thing I've been thinking about since last night-- those maple leaves.  At least, I think they are maple leaves.  Maple leaves are a national symbol of Canada, right?  And since the quality of the plate is poor, it screams "souvenir" to me.  So I'm wondering if it was a plate that was picked up during a trip to Canada, and of course my imagination totally ran away with me. What if this is a plate that she (for I do not think it would have been "he" buying a plate!) bought when she visited Canada to see Queen Elizabeth when the royals first visited there in the 1950's?  I've seen specials on the British royal family on PBS and one of the shows was all about the first visit to Canada -- it was a really big deal back then.  Okay, maybe the plate isn't from such an event :) 

Anyway, can either of my two readers out there help me out?  Any suggestions how to try and track down this mark?  I spent some time last night (late) in the internet and there are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different crown marks for dishware/china.  I didn't see anything like this, but I wasn't going to sit up all night looking for it, either! 

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