For The Love of Transferware: Just for Fun … Just for Me

During this cold winter, it’s warmed my heart to see these Spode Victorian Children plates on my bedroom fireplace mantel. I love transferware! I have a few individual pieces, but I don’t have a set of transferware dishes. Not because I haven’t tried … but the ones I’ve loved at auction just went too high.

But I LOVE transferware!  (Did I say that already?)  A couple of weeks ago when I saw Susan’s post at Between Naps on the Porch, I wanted to get in my car and drive to Queen of Hearts antique store in Alpharetta, Georgia to visit what Susan calls “Transferware Heaven!”  I was overwhelmed just looking at the pictures on my computer … I can’t imagine how I would feel being there in person!

The same day I visited Nancy’s Daily Dish … which I never should have done when I was already on transferware overload! Seriously?  Have you seen Nancy’s blog?  Now that girl KNOWS her transferware … and she’s got an amazing collection!

Finally, a couple of days later, I read Julie’s post about toile at her blog, Saltbox Treasures, … and (wouldn’t you know) she included pictures of some of her beautiful transferware dishes.

That’s it!  I sooooo wanted to play with some transferware dishes, but since I don’t own a set that was a little hard to do …  Wait! There were a few odd pieces of transferware in a recent auction box I bought … and I remember there were several plates!  Where did I put that stack of dishes?


I found them, but since I couldn’t do a matching (or even a decent mix-and-match) tablescape, I just decided to play. I did four completely different place settings.  It doesn’t make for a very pretty tablescape picture, does it?  It’s not very cohesive … or complementary.  But it’s transferware — and I love it!

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Just imagine an entire table of each of these …

Red transferware

Brown transferware

Black transferware

Aqua Transferware

I have one (or two) of each of these plates. Eventually I’ll list them in my Etsy shop, but they’re available now … since I’ve already had my fun!  If you see something you like, just email me.

Do you like transferware, too? What is your favorite color … or pattern? Do you have a set — yet?

Leave me a comment. I’d love to know!  I’m so glad you stopped by!

I’m linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.
Go there to see hundreds of fabulous tablescapes!


  1. Love your tablescape of mix and match transfer ware. I too love it and have been collecting it here and there. Just found a set of 6 of brown at Scott’s Antique Market. I just blogged about it a few blogs back if you want to see it and how I cleaned it up. Mine’s not the best or prettiest set, but it’s all mine and I cherish it. Keep looking, you’ll find an affordable set when you least expect it.

  2. What a fun post, Susan! I have enjoyed learning about transferware, especially from Nancy’s Daily Dish, but I don’t have a set, either. I’d never seen aqua transferware — what a pretty look! Thanks for the links to the other blogs. I’m off to check them out!

  3. Susan…I simply love this table. I am so a mismatched kind of girl and this table just speaks to me. I am also a lover of transferware — but have limited pieces. I am in awe of Nancy’s collection. Thank you for sharing your finds — I love your tablescape 🙂


  4. You’re a girl who knows how to make lemonade out of lemons, aren’t you? What a sweet post for all of us to ponder. Shouldn’t we all make the most of what we have instead of just wishing for more? I love transferware, too, as you can see from my posts. Never over look the collected “set” of transferware. It is much, much cheaper to collect it one or two plates at a time and put it on the table at once. Just decide on a colorway and basic style. Some transferware is just too deco to blend nicely with an English countryside pattern. Take the plunge. You can always fill, fill, fill with co-
    ordinating pcs. P.S. I live clost to the antique shop with that delicious transferware display and it is better than therapy to visit!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  5. It’s funny because I was thinking the SAME thing reading those blogs you mentioned. When I got to that toile post at Saltbox Treasures, I was trying so hard not to covet.

    It’s all beautiful.
    I don’t have a lot either and no full sets. I have some of this and some of that. I’m currently on the hunt for red.

  6. What a fun post and great finds! I love how you decorated each individually…gives me some great ideas! I think since I’m a blue and white kind of girl, I love it the most, but I do have a few red dessert plates I ‘played’ with this week too!

  7. I love your mix of beautiful transferware plates. It is also one of my favorites…I long for some green or purple.

  8. Yes, I am a transferware person. Love,love,love it. I inherited my mother’s set of Johnson Brothers Blue Willow and my husband gave me a set of Pink British Castles (antique)for Christmas. All your sets are so beautiful and make me want to collect other colors too.

  9. You know what I’d love to see…a patchwork quilt used as a tablecloth with your variety of transferware plates. I think that it could be fantastic…maybe some black amethyst goblets…don’t know why, I just think that might be cool with them. Have you ever searched They can have some really good prices on Spode, Johnson Brothers, etc. not vintage, but great transferware. Also, Johnson Brothers British Castles can normally be bought VERY inexpensively…if you like it. We use transferware for our everyday dining: Burleigh “Blue Willow,” Copeland Spode, “Tower Pink,” and Furnivals, “Blue Quail.” I started using transferware when I became tired of the heavy weight and easily chipped Italian pottery…and HEAVY Dansk, “Bistro.” I love transferware! Thanks for sharing your creative design. Cherry Kay

  10. Ooh, I just love these. I always have, I just never knew the name of them. Thank you for making me smarter by one word today 🙂 XoL

  11. Great post! I love the way you dreamed up a setting for each pattern. Im in love with transferware also. I have just collecting a few pieces. You have inspired me to keep collecting, I just love the green transferware.

  12. I’m sure in no time you’ll have a set of transferware. I too love it and have several sets. I love what you’ve done with these individual placesettings.

    – The Tablescaper

  13. Ooh, I love that aqua set. Gorgeous!!

    Thank you for sharing, Susan. Stopped by to say hello and enjoy one of your beautiful posts. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings your way.

  14. I love transferware, too, Susan…especially blue! I have been to the Queen of Hearts and lingered over Transferware Heaven! lol Great idea to mix them! Happy weekend!…hugs…Debbie

  15. Gorgeous blue pieces. I have never seen that pattern. I collect some red and some blue. I too only have bits and pieces for the same reason, the sets can be so costly.

  16. OMG!! I’m a transferware lover, too, so I’m drooling over yours. I’m definitely “following” you. Are you ready to go transferware shopping? I’ve been to that shop in Alpharetta and nearly fainted. Your tablescape is really nice and each place setting has it’s own special look. Isn’t it nice to mix and match? Great post and it’s nice to meet another transferware lover.

  17. Hi Susan, you are too kind! Thanks for mentioning my blog in your post.
    I do love transferware, and I have a lot. My post was only a peak :). I have enough red and blue transferware to hang plates all around my kitchen counters in all red and in all blue so I can change it up; plus I have Christmas ones. I really have too many; but I love them. Red is my favorite, and I’ve been thinking about getting enough to make it my everday dishes. I currently have Pfalttzgraff, but I don’t like that it shows silverware marks all the time.
    Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
    ~ Julie