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♪To all the bowls I've loved before♪ -- dishes you've lost along the way?

Are there bowls you ate from in college, plates you had when you were first married, baking pans that your grandmother gave you -- that you have misplaced along the way? Broke? Lost in the separation of possessions?
When I was moved to Korea in 2000 as a following spouse, the military shipped directly to his unit address the 2 boxes of my Ben Seibel Iroquois Informal Accent blue/white, which were gifted to me by my mother as a wedding present as they had been her wedding present casual dishes.
My soon-to-be EX held the boxes hostage over a paperwork issue... and I never got them back.
THIS CHRISTMAS -2013-- mom and my younger daughter found 20 pieces at a thrift store -- an escargot-looking casserole, fruit bowls, salad bowls, soup bowls, vegetable serving bowls, serving bowls, cups, and saucers.
Still want what I had-> turkey platter, plates, salt and pepper shakers, and weird rice bowl/ candle holder things.
But I'm so happy to have the Iroquois blue pieces back!!
So, Hounds, What do you miss?

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  1. Yes, but as I get older I am sort of glad to thin the herd. Mostly due to breakage. I hope to leave this world with one dish, one glass, one coffee mug and one set of silverware.

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    1. re: coll

      you want to die alone as a recluse?

      1. re: Bellachefa

        Oh I won't, even if I did want to. I'm just extrapolating on moving to smaller and smaller abodes as time goes on. I'm tired of hiring a moving company's tractor trailer every time!

        I am amazed how many boxes of "stuff" I have stored in the basement. It's sort of ridiculous.

    2. Kris, in the 35 years that we've been married I have gone through too many serving bowls that I adored that broke along the way, including 2 that were wedding gifts -- a basic glass salad bowl and a hand thrown pottery bowl. Also a very large hand thrown bowl that was a house gift from dear friends when we bought our first place, a very pretty and inexpensive green glass bowl that I picked up to replace the first glass salad bowl, and a red bowl that was a staple on our table at Christmas and the 4th of July. Also a Stengle bowl that had been my MIL's.

      1. When I moved into my first apartment, my parents gave me all sorts of odds and ends from their kitchen that had been boxed up when my mom had gone through and replaced everything with Dansk in the early 70's.

        One item was a Pyrex(?) oval white casserole with a divider molded into it, so you could reheat two different things at once in one dish.

        I still remember the sad day it exploded as I was removing it from the oven. It was like watching it shatter in slow motion as pieces of it flew everywhere. :(

        If there's anything I could have back, that would be it!

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        1. re: RelishPDX

          I had one of them too, but never knew exactly what to do with it! Where it is now, I can't say (maybe sold at a garage sale? it didn't blow up anyway)

          1. re: RelishPDX

            I have one of those ... it's pink, and I bought it for just the purpose you mention. They're pretty widely available at antique malls ...

            My dinnerware herd could survive a lot of thinning. I've shown a lot more facility for acquisition than for breakage over the years ...

            I bought 4 place settings of Italian aqua-glazed earthenware some years ago, and most of it is now gone. I think I have one plate left in each size, but most of the bowls. It is not mourned though ... it did not meet the Darwinian test.

            1. re: RelishPDX

              I have one of those, but it's by Corning in the French White pattern. I used to use it ALL the time but haven't used it (or even thought of it) in years.

              1. re: RelishPDX

                You can purchase Pyrex at yard sales and church sales. I bought my divided dish at a church sale.

                1. re: RelishPDX

                  <If there's anything I could have back, that would be it!>

                  Ah, but you CAN have it back! There are 3 Corningware divided bowls on eBay right now.




                  You're welcome. ;-)

                2. When I got married back in 91 Caleca pottery was all the rage. It was from Italy and I loved the colors. The stuff did not wear well at all, prone to chipping and breaking. All I have left is a creamer, sugar bowl and two large bowls. But boy did I love it and I felt very grown up finally have matching plates!

                  Ha! While searching for a pic I found the exact stuff on Craig's list!

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                  1. re: foodieX2

                    I think I still have a platter or two of Caleca. Worst stoneware I've ever owned, but they were certainly cheerful. And at the price I paid, I still don't regret the purchase. I liked how light and breezy they made me feel when I used them.

                    I went for the stripes in my plates/cups, saving patterns for serving ware.

                  2. Have a messa Stangl "Fruit & Flowers" that were a wedding gift from my grandmother in early 70's. We took a trip to Flemington to their "outlet" for irregulars. Most of the irregularities seemed to be inconsistencies in paint, but took us FOREVER to find a set for 8 with NO CHIPS. Came home with 8 each... dinner plates, salad/sandwich plates, soup/cereal bowls, & mugs... and set of inexpensive stainless flatware for $100!

                    A few years ago, found a HUGE lot of what I called "diner dishes". Pyrex stuff, everything from dinner plates, to those little dishes that individual butter pats USED to come to the table on. DIRT cheap at a yard sale.

                    A few years ago made a MAJOR find of Fiesta dishes at another yard sale. My sister had recently replaced her everyday stuff with F-ware. When I spotted 2-3 bowls, thought... who can't use a few more bowls... like for soup, chili, or cereal. Seller said she had a LOT more. I generally do NOT spend a lot for any yard sale item... $5 means it's "special". BUT that day I spent $50!! Came home with 12+ dinner plates, 12+ bowls, and 12 each mugs and sandwich/salad plates... and a few serving pieces! Mostly "jewel tones", NO chips or cracks, and ONLY pieces showing any sign of use were the light/pastel plates... and ya really have to LOOK hard to see very MINOR signs of wear.

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                    1. I regret no taking the egg cups and cutting boards from my fathers house. I do not like soft boiled eggs but my husband does and I wish kept them for him.

                      My dad enjoyed wood working and had a number of solid slabs he used for cheese boards. I only took one when we were getting the house ready for auction. I should taken them all.

                      Broken items? I have a set of water glasses from my grandmothers house that I use at our weekend home. One night a friend knocked one off the table and it broke. My husband was worried I would be upset. I wasn't, I knew my nana would have been happy that we had friends over and a broken glass was to be tolerated if not celebrated.

                      But there is the case of the sterling silver pie server that went missing.....we haven't solved that yet and it still bothers me. (Like suspect is mr. Cb who has OCD and is known to throw things out without memory of it.)

                      1. A friend from college gave me a gloriously tacky cheese plate I absolutely treasured. It was white ceramic with two cute and disgusting little grey mice running around the edge which I affectionately deemed "the rat plate." When I moved into my own home I had no chairs, no table, no couch but I had that awesome cheese plate.

                        Several year later, I came home one day and all my kitchen shelving had collapsed...the cats never fessed up but I'm sure it was their fault. I lost almost all of my plates and I definitely lost all the stuff I cared about. The rat plate shattered into a million pieces. So did another plate I can't even talk about- the only thing I'll say is thank god for Ebay.

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                        1. re: PinkLynx

                          I now want a rat plate. I remember a tacky toothpick holder I bought my mother for ChristmAs one year. It was a mouse holding up a piece if cheese. The cheese was the holder for the tooth picks. That and the rat plate would have been perfect companions.

                          Another lost treasure (maybe for the better) was a Heinken boot. Anyone remember those?

                        2. Mine is a story with a happy ending. Though our everyday dishes were Wedgwood Wellesley (see sueatmo's thread about white dishes) growing up, I liked using the enameled metal cowboy plate and bowl that Mother got from some store or gas station promotion. I lost them on a post- high school cross country hitchhiking adventure, and for years missed those cowboy dishes. A while back, I came across a plate and mug at an antique store, and decided I'd better buy them now, while they were right there. So I have a set, standing up in my China cabinet between all the Wedgwood that I'd inherited from my mother. I don't use the cowboy plate, but I love seeing that chuck wagon and those brands around the rim. Just feels good.

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                            1. re: kitchengardengal

                              I have vintage graniteware enameled dishes (aqua/white swirl) in my picnic basket. One more and you'll have enough for a picnic for two!

                            2. The first really nice set of dishes I had was heavy Mikasa set that our family used and abused for over a decade, and then was given to a college kid. Before that I had bought a set of dishes I found somewhere--Sears? Modern and nice. I sold them and we used the neatest set of platters for a time. The platters had hand painted flower borders around the rims. The flowers were done with brushstrokes, and were not fussy. I remember the colors as blue, red and green. I wish I had not gotten rid of them. They were fun to eat from, and even when I got round plates for us, we would have enjoyed those smallish platters, but I didn't. I got rid of them. I had found them at a garage sale, and I am sure that's how I got rid of them.

                              1. I had a wonderful oven-to-tableware rectangular casserole dish. It looked great, washed like a dream, and baked up my smashed potatoes and apple cobblers and most anything else. Until one day when I got cocky taking it out of the oven. I overestimated my strength and underestimated how hot the dish was and I dropped it, destroying both the dish and the shepherd's pie inside. #sadday.

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                                1. It was my grandmother's 9x13 pyrex pan. It exploded in half, very neatly but loudly, and that was that.

                                  1. By the way, K in B, thanks for the Willie Nelson earworm.

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                                    1. A full set for twelve of Noritake green dishes with all of the serving plates, which my sister took when we closed down my parent's home. She never uses them citing she cannot put them in the dishwasher, I think they went to the wrong household.
                                      Your dishes are quite lovely. I love that the dishes are plain white, but that the cups have the blue inside. They look very elegant.
                                      As for that EX holding dishes over your head, shame on him for doing so.

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                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                        Maybe you should host a Dinner Party and ask SIS to only bring the dishes?

                                        All the Iroquois pieces are blue on one side and white on the other-- really nice when all set out on the table!! The salad plates are blue top.

                                        With this "new to me" set, I've discovered that they are "flame proof" which means they can handle some heat, so I can pop them into the oven!

                                        1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                          I think they are very elegant for informal dishes. The dishes, the tableware, all help to make the meal special.

                                      2. The only thing I really miss is a pair of stoneware "everything" bowls I made in college. I majored in Zoology, but had to satisfy a liberal arts requirement. I could have taken a writing course, or something mundane, but instead figured I might as well have fun, so took Ceramics. For Dummies. Pot Throwing 101, if you will. My years of chemistry served me well, as our only written test was on the color properties of various chemicals. But we did have to make something. I chose some bowls and a pitcher, thrown on a wheel.

                                        My early attempts all sucked, big time. But I did end up with one pitcher and 3 bowls that I was well satisfied to call my own. The pitcher didn't survive the kiln, sadly. The two cereal-sized bowls, my "everything" bowls, ran away during a move. Can't recall when, but we moved a LOT! Dude was a Naval officer and I had restless foot syndrome.

                                        I still have the large bowl, and am pleased that my kid wants it for his own. Mostly, I think because it's his favorite bowl for eating Caesar Pasta Salad. Because it's the bowl I normally use to make the salad, but his gluttony isn't the issue here. He likes it, I'm flattered.

                                        ETA - BTW, I got an A in the class, the only one, because I figured out the grading system. Our instructor told us on the first night that it took 2 dozen for a B and 3 dozen for an A. Otherwise as long as we made some pots that survived the kiln, we passed with a C. Most thought he meant pots of some kind. Seeing that he was a big fan of cookies, I baked him 3 dozen Toll House Cookies. A!

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                                        1. re: DuffyH

                                          That's really lovely! What is your recipe for Caesar Pasta Salad?

                                          1. re: Bellachefa

                                            Thanks, Bellachef.

                                            The recipe is so basic I hesitate to tell you.

                                            One pound tricolor rotini, cooked and cooled.
                                            A whole mess of freshly shredded (shredded is key here, not grated) parm.
                                            1 small can of sliced black olives
                                            Your favorite non-creamy caesar salad dressing, as much as you like. Just make sure it's not dry.

                                            Toss it all together, chill, adjust moisture level with more dressing if needed. And then you eat it from the bowl you made it in. ;-)

                                            I make my own dressing, but my kid uses bottled stuff. He also uses pre-shredded cheese (did he learn NOTHING from me??). It's still good.

                                        2. Congratulations on losing the prat. What kind of man hijacks dish ware from his mother in law? They are beautiful. From the link, yours are the only ones a truly love.

                                          1. When I headed off for my 2nd year of college (where I had a small but well-equipped kitchen), I bought a huge pink plastic mixing bowl at the dollar store. I loved that thing and used it all.the.time for close to 20 years, replacing it only when we got the nice stainless bowls off our wedding registry. I still miss Pinky. He was great for dinner salads (= 1 head of lettuce as the basis for dinner) when I did Weight Watchers in grad school, popcorn when I hosted movie night, trick-or-treat candy when I was too old to go out on Halloween... etc.

                                            1. One of the first questions upon unpacking from a PCS move. "What did we lose this time?"

                                              I did not have any favorite dishes in college. Most of my dinnerware was off the shelf boring, even after a tour in West Germany. (Crystal is different.)

                                              But there were these three nesting wood bowls I picked up in Oberammergau, Bavaria. Looked great, held enough for sharing, and only needed a little oiling every year or so. Great on the boat for containing slopping soups and stews, as well as insulating the food.

                                              The boat had a buoyancy problem while I was visiting family up north and they did not go down. They floated away. Almost as painful as losing the boat. A couple of friends that had been entertained on board and had fond memories over the years walked the shore for over a mile hoping to find them.

                                              They have been replaced with Thai teak, 50s fruitbowl, and an actual Oberammergau all found in thrift shops, but they sure don't nest. Nor have the fond memories. So I am happily creating new memories.

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                                                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                  <One of the first questions upon unpacking from a PCS move. "What did we lose this time?">

                                                  Yes, that was always high on the list. Another thing we did was count the moving stickers on a box. If it had 3, it got donated, no matter what was in it.

                                                  I packed so much crystal and glass stuff myself, one of the movers asked the Dude if there was anything left in the kitchen for them to pack. He shook his head and asked the guy if he was married. The poor man then spent 2 days packing my kitchen.

                                                  I think this plethora of dishes is common to military wives. Our guys spend lots of time in Europe or the Far East, making it easy to acquire a variety of really great stuff for a small amount of cash. In my early 20's, I had services for 12 in everyday and fine china, stainless and silver-plate. In the next few years I added bronze flatware and holiday plates. Most of mine was from Japan; Noritake and Mikasa. But we also got Lenox for close to wholesale, so I scored some of that, too. All the Navy wives I knew had similar stuff.

                                                2. I had Royal Doulton Tangier stoneware as my casual daily use dinnerware when we married 39 years ago. After a move out of state and a house fire and a remodel I sent it all to my niece. Then I really missed it and started buying it back on e-Bay. What I bought went to her too. Now retired I am looking at jettisoning some things before another move. I have 1 niece and 4 nephews (no children of my own) only 1 of the nephews is married so I'm not sure who would get what or if they even want the things.

                                                  Having been is the table top and housewares business, buyer, merchandiser, manager etc. I have been bitten by the table top bug. I have 6 dinnerware patterns...mostly bone china but also earthenware and stoneware and porcelain. 3 Silver patterns, Waterford stems and bar ware and more casual wine etc. glasses than I know what to do with. I guess I can sell it to Replacements Ltd if no one wants any of it.

                                                  In facing a move to Savannah and needing to pare down I ask myself if, what ever I'm thinking about would I pay to move it.

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                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                    Are you sure we're not related? ;)

                                                    I haven't given thought to paring back yet, but I do have to admit I have more than I can use. I was slow in running the dishwasher, and so broke out a jadite bowl I wash by hand for my salad for lunch today. I have that pattern to serve 9, and it's probably been 6 months since I've used a piece of it for anything. It's beautiful though and I enjoyed using it today.

                                                    I thought of this thread when one of my Iroquois Casual bowls went to china heaven earlier this week. I'm so pleased that my city's recycling program takes broken ceramics and glass.

                                                  2. I bought two Noritake coffee cups at a Macy's closeout warehouse sale when I was in my late 20s. I am drinking out of one now. Alas the cat knocked the other one over and broke it about 5 years ago. They are the right size and keep the coffee warm a long time. My Denby doesn't even compare. I think they were in the first Poltergist movie (so a friend told me). I worry I will break this one.
                                                    I still have and use the bakeware handled flatware I bought the same day.