Happy Friday everyone and Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian blog buddies! I hope you have special plans to celebrate your national holiday.
We always look forward to July 4th here at Forest Manor, and I finally got a table set in the dining room. Whew! What a crazy, busy year this has been. I've only done one tablescape since March, when I set a table for St. Patrick's Day (another favorite at our house). I'm excited to show you these dishes we purchased a few years ago; they really are perfect for celebrating our country's birthday.
This pattern is "Liberty Blue" Staffordshire ironstone. I found some interesting information online regarding the history of these dishes. The Liberty Blue dishes were originally begun as a promotional campaign by the Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan Association. Enoch Wedgwood, in England's historic Staffordshire district, was contracted to create a pattern of blue and white dishes featuring scenes from historic colonial America. The Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan launched the promotion in 1975. When a subscriber made a new deposit of $50, he received a free four-piece place setting, and additional pieces were available to purchase. The Liberty Blue dinnerware was also offered as a promotional item at grocery stores. You can read more about this dinnerware Here.
I first came across some of these dishes a couple of years ago at a local estate sale. I purchased eight dinner plates for a dollar a piece. I used them in a July 4th tablescape Here.
I paired the Liberty Blue dishes with my "Old Britain Castles" dishes by Johnson Brothers.
Here is a closeup of the dinner plate, featuring Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, PA, and below, the manufacturer's stamp.
I forgot to mention earlier that we found this sugar bowl and creamer on E-bay in perfect condition (still in the boxes) so my husband purchased them as a surprise for me.
I hope you will all be able to spend time with your family and/or friends this holiday weekend. At a time when it feels like the whole world
Have a safe and Happy Fourth and thanks so much for visiting!!
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