Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday January 25, 2011

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Flow Blue Collecting

I became obsessed with flow blue dishes 15 years ago when Mom and I frequented tag sales and antique fairs. I just personally respond the blue and white and in particular the flow blue. And have a small collection.

The term flow blue is used to describe a type of fine china that was made from around 1800-1920 whereby the blue paint when fired, flowed and became blurry – thus “flow” blue. The older intact pieces are extremely collectable and very valuable.

I am lucky that my grandmother actually had the last made flow blue pattern as her fine china. My grandmother’s plates are the iris pattern.  And I treasure them - a true heirloom!!