Folks, you know I shop on-line and when I saw these adorable salad plates form Williams Sonoma on-line catalog…I just had to have them.
I mean look at that cute little Peter Rabbit eating his carrot.
Who could resist that face?
So after the salad plates arrived….I couldn’t help but wonder what I had that would go with this little carrot eating rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Hmmmmm…Could Green Cameo be in the picture?
It did’t take me long to know I wanted Peter to be the star of the tablescape and I would use my Green Cameo Depression Glass.
You have not only seen my Depression Glass, (click here to read about my Depression Glass) I have spoken of it often because I love it so.
I started collecting Depression Glass a little over 25 years ago in a little antique shop in Traverse City, Michigan.
I was with my Sister-in-law and she collected the Pink Adam Depression Glass.
Each time we went into a store or flea market, I oohed and ahhed over her Pink Adam.
Finally, she suggested that I collect a pattern and although it took me longer than a minute to decide on a pattern and a color…I chose the Green Cameo Depression Glass.
And then we entered that little shop on a little traveled two lane side road near Traverse City and I was hooked.
I spied a footed cake plate and almost knocked down my SIL and the shop owner, as I raced to pick up my first piece.
I remember it was $25.00, but I didn’t care if it was $125.00, I knew I had to have it.
Over the years I have found pieces at Estate Sales, Flea Markets, Antique Shops, Depression Glass Conventions, EBAY and on-line.
I have never found a complete set in one place…just a piece here and there, each showing various signs of wear….none with chips or cracks though.
But I have a service for 8 in all pieces, grill plates, salad plates, cups and saucers, berry bowls, sherberts, water glasses, juice glasses….only a service for 4 in the non grill plates.
Always looking though.
And that is all the fun… looking. 🙂
It can be expensive, considering the colorful pink, green, blue, clear, yellow dishes were mostly free give aways way back then.
You see, Depression glass refers specifically to glass produced between the mid-1920s to about the end of World War II.
Nearly all Depression glass was produced in or near the Ohio River Valley, with about 20 companies producing approximately 100 different patterns during that period.
A piece of Depression Glass was given away at movie theaters to entice theater goers to attend movies.
Sometimes you could get a piece of Depression Glass in a box of laundry soap.
Or you could go to the five & dime and buy a piece.
Now a-days, you might pay a little more for this rare glass.
I picked up this little bunny pair…Mr. & Mrs. Bunny from the Valerie Par Hill collection.
I just love that Mr. Bunny is pulling the wagon full of carrots and Mrs. Bunny is pushing from behind.
A couple little yellow chicks are sitting on top of the carrots.
So, as you see, I started with a pale yellow tablecloth and added a white charger.
On top of the charger I placed a grill plate. (I also have the plates with no dividers but I chose to use the grill plates)
On top of the grill plate, I added the Peter Rabbit salad plate.
On top of the Peter Rabbit plate I added a Depression glass salad plate, followed by a berry bowl and a little green egg cup holding a green speckled egg.
I love how the green cameo salad plate lets Peter show through.
The egg cup is NOT Depression Glass, but I did find them at World Market about 3 or 4 years ago.
At the top of the plate stack, I added the stemmed Sherbert glasses filled with green grass and jelly beans.
To the left of the Sherbert glass, is the water glass and the juice or wine glass.
On the right side of the plate stack is a coffee or tea cup and saucer.
Below that is a green napkin with white lace.
The green handled flatware I purchased over 10 years ago and I can’t remember where.
You can see the old salt & pepper shakers…the metal dented from years of use by the original owners. (that is what I love about them, each piece must have so many stories to tell.)
I have two sizes of water pitchers, only one is shown here.
I was running out of room on the table.
I have a mayo compote, a jam & jelly bowl, a couple serving bowls and I used the cookie jar as my vase for the daisy’s I found at the super market.
I love when I go in a antique store or stop at a Garage sale and ask if they have Depression Glass.
If they say …’yes, there is a yellow piece over there’, I know they don’t realize what they have…and I get excited.
If they are specific and say “Yellow Florentine”…I know there is about to be a bit of haggling going on. LOL
I have several books on Depression Glass by Gene Florence and if you are interested, look him up on line.
So there you have my Green Cameo Depression Glass Tablescape with a Williams Sonoma Peter Rabbit salad plate that we are using for our Easter Dinner.
Oh, and you might be asking why they named my Depression Glass Green Cameo?
It is because there is a little ballerina in a cameo on the side of the piece.
It is sometimes known as Green Ballerina.
Have a Blessed a wonderful Holy Week.
Happy Easter! He is Risen!!!