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Sunday, July 6, 2008

History in Liberty Blue

The blue dishes displayed in the 4th of July post is my set of Liberty Blue ironstone dinnerware made by Staffordshire in England. It's a set that was sold in select grocery stores over the country in 1976 to commemorate our 200th anniversary of independence. Even though I have thirteen place settings (I know, I'm a dishhog) & several serving pieces, I don't (and may never) have all of the pieces that were sold originally. The rimmed soups & soup tureen evade me or rather the prices yet on eBay cause slight heart palpitations even now...
Since you had questions about them I thought I'd group my pictures in this one post for you...all. ;) Yes Ma'am, just for Y'all!

Washington leaving Christ's Church in Washington, DC. (Salad plate)

Mount Vernon, Washington's home in Virginia. (Soup & cereal bowl) Monticello is on the bread plate, but I didn't get a picture...sorry.

The Boston Tea Party (Covered casserole)

Lafayette Landing is depicted on the butter dish & the gravy boat & stand.

A Minuteman answers the First Call...while his anxious wife slumps onto the table. (Teapot & Oval Baker.)

Betsy Ross showing the General her handiwork, the Stars & Stripes. (Sugar bowl)

Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. (Creamer)

The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Small platter)

Washington & his men crossing the Delaware River. (Large platter)

Fraunces Tavern in New York where General Washington bade a sad farewell to his staff at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. (Round serving bowl)

Washington at Valley Forge (Butter pat) Have you read The Winter of Red Snow?

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Dinner plate)

Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts. (Milk pitcher)

Immigrants! .. seeking religious freedom & a better life!. (Salt & pepper shakers)
These were a gift from Eldest Brother that he bought while on military duty in Germany. They're not part of the Liberty Blue set, but I like them better than the ones that go with the set as they add that added bit of historic nostalgia to my china cabinet display.

Shared at:  Roses of Inspiration


  1. Thanks for sharing those. I love your set. My aunt had a set of blue dishes but they were a different design...oriental, I think...I always loved the color and thought they were so pretty.

    *Oh!...getting my own sewing machine awesome!!!*

  2. I enjoyed this very much, thank you

  3. Those dishes are beautiful. I'm back from vacation, and catching up on all my blogs. Thanks for all you lovely comments on mine. I really appreciate it. Your lilies are beautiful too, Love the color of the one on your header.

  4. I love blue dishware and your china is beautiful.

  5. Very lovely. I'm sitting here wondering, who designed them, did they copy paintings (Washington on that boat...) or draw them freehand... I'd love to know the history of the plates. I love the reminder of the history of the country in them.

  6. These are so beautiful, and I love this shade of blue! So very very lovely, thanks so much for sharing!



  7. OH, I love this dinnerware! I graduated from High School in 1976 so I have even more of an affinity for this year. How pretty!

    I popped over via Beverly's Tea Time and Roses. It's so nice to meet you!


  8. Those dishes are absolutely beautiful. What a neat way to display history.

  9. What a wonderful collection! I love them and love them a little more because they were grocery store ones. We had some blue plates from the grocer, but from the 80's and not this theme.

    Thanks for sharing !!

  10. can you put me in your will for them purty plates? I know we must be kin way back somewhere!
    cuzin susan

  11. Wow, you are so fortunate to have such a beautiful set. Being from Boston I would love to have such lovely set depicting all of Boston's famous sites!

  12. Wasn't Martha a knitter? There should be a plate with Martha knitting socks at Vally Forge!

  13. Your dishes are so beautiful and interesting.

  14. My sister & I collected service for 12 and almost all serving pieces. She passed & no one knows where hers went. I am shocked at how much these cost to replace. My 3 large platters were displayed on my wall. Top one fell causing all 3 to fall and break on the floor. Enjoy your as much as I ddo mine.

  15. I have a bunch of liberty blue china that i am trying to sell. Please let me know if you are interested.

  16. I have a liberty blue salad bowl o
    liberty blue made in england old north church the only one I have is anyone interested?

  17. Oh I just love blue dishes! I have the set that was offered at Kroger way back in the early 80's I believe. Mine are the Currier & Ives design and after getting the place setting with each $35 purchase (lol), I bought all of the extra pieces too. I think I like your design better than mine :)

  18. Beautiful collection! I have long admired this set and own a few pieces that I purchased at antique shops and ebay. I have the platter depicting Washington crossing the Delaware hanging over the bay window in my kitchen. It really is such a unique set, and it is blue and white! My favorite! : )

  19. I never knew there were so many pieces to this set! My goodness! I've got some dinner plates and lunch plates, but not much more. Thanx for sharing!

  20. Thanks for such an interesting post. I've never seen these dishes. They tell quite a story, don't they? I know you enjoy them. Visiting from Roses of Inspiration.

  21. Beautiful dishes! I have the Independence Hall dinner plate hanging on my dining room wall. I inherited is from my grandmother. I also have a dinner plate (also on the wall) and a couple tea cups and saucers from the "Lochs of Scotland" set. :-)

  22. Oh my what a wonderful collection.

  23. these are just wonderful, what a special group of dishes!

  24. Thank you, sweet friend, for sharing this beautiful post with Roses of Inspiration. I loved seeing these lovely and unique dishes! Hugs to you :)

  25. Thank you for showing your collection of Liberty Blue China. I have a full set of my own, That I collected week after week as they became available at Stop and shop during the Bicentenial of Boston, when the tall ships sailed into Boston, and Queen Elizabeth came to Boston, I was standing right on the spot where the first shots were fired that started the revolution and she looked right at me and waved, I have a service of Blue Liberty that can serve 24 and have all the serving pieces as well as the beautiful covered veg and soup turrine Have two display hutches in my Dinning room to display them, Havent used them in years being 75 i know longer entertain. and moved from Boston last year to Corpus Christi Texas, to leave the cold New England weather behind, and now enjoy 12 months of summer, , Be Well Kevin


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