This summer, I was gifted a very precious plate. Given to me by a dear friend of the family, Laurel, this beautiful Cherry Blossom Depression Glass plate came from a dear lady’s collection.
Depression Glass, as the name suggests, was made during the Depression Era in the United States. Used by glass companies to “sweeten the deal” when buying everyday things like laundry detergent or oatmeal, you would open your latest purchase to find a plate, bowl, or some other household item hiding in the box.
I asked Laurel for the story behind this particular plate. Before the plate came to me, it had been part of her mother’s collection of depression glass. Here is the story Laurel shared with me about her mother.
“Raised on dairy farm and familiar with a lot of hard work her whole life, Mama took to collecting pretty things when she was in her 40’s.
I think she was inspired to collect the cherry blossom pattern because when she was 5 her “old maid aunts” made a gift to her of a child’s tea set in that pattern. I have that set today and use if for my 4 year old granddaughter to take tea with me.”
Isn’t it just beautiful? I treasure this sweet plate and feel honored to have been given part of such a sweet family heritage!
Do you have a collection of dishes? If so, what is your story? I’d love to hear! Comment below and share your story.