Monday, March 29, 2010

A peek inside my sister's china cabinet...

Today, I am taking you on a tour of my sister's china cabinet. Isn't the color combination lovely? I especially love the greens and blues of the Fiesta on top.

The cabinet itself belonged to our Great Aunt Necel. It is part of a set that includes a large buffet cabinet, a small buffet cabinet, a round table and six or eight chairs. I think my sister still has most of these pieces which have received a coat of fresh, white paint. (Bravo!)

As you may have guessed, I was named for Great Aunt Necel. Here she is with her husband, Frank. Many of the items in this photo are still around. Aunt Necel was born in 1888. She was about 4' 11" and wore a size 4 shoe. Such a sweet, little lady.

These are my sister's favorite pieces. They are not marked and she's dying to know what they are.

Do you know what they are? I sent photos of them to Replacements and they never responded. (I stumped Replacements!)

I am picturing lots of teacups so I am linking to Tea Party Tuesday at Rose-Colored Glasses. Tea anyone?

Here is my sister, Biz, and her husband, James, in their dining room. (Isn't she cute!) I'll bet she's painted it a different color by now. She's always painting... and making James spray something white.

Biz and James

Biz is short for "Elizabeth." She's named after our great-grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth. And our mother, Nelda. So, my sister's name is Nelda Elizabeth. But she's been "Biz" forever.

Great Grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth

These are Aunt Necel's Blue Onion dishes. Biz says the teacups are just perfect for dunking Oreos.

Don't you just love the blue and white?

Our grandmother was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Division. (I have no idea why this photo is posting sideways! It's right-side-up in my photo program.)

This is my favorite photo of Grandmother. She was born in 1899.

Grandmother, Nitis

Biz was blessed with a set of Bavarian china.

I think this Bavarian china belonged to our great grandmother on our grandfather's side.

Great Grandmother, Mama Hooks

Isn't it lovely? Maybe you'd like your tea in a Bavarian teacup today?

I hope you've enjoyed meeting my sister and your look inside her china cabinet. We have a lot more family china in the Old House and I have several sets here at my house. Maybe if I get around to dusting, I'll show it to you.


  1. Sweet greetings from Frog Hollow Farm! What a lovely post, I loved reading about your family. Blue and white china is so pretty and just brightens up a table. I know what you mean about photos posting sideways when they are upright in your file...those kind of things drive me nuts. Ciao, bella!

  2. Oh, I love all of the china. The blue is absolutely beautiful! She is so lucky to have china from relatives. The old pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing. Carla

  3. Necel, Biz might try an antiques appraiser for info on her unmarked china. I actually looked up Antiques Roadshow, and that's their recommendation. :)

  4. What a thrill to have the pictures and the beautiful china. Gorgeous pieces. Hugs, Marty

  5. What a lovely post Necel! I enjoyed every bit of it, especially getting to know your family. I think all of your names are just beautiful. So unique. I saw your post the other day about Chloe and I was very touched. You are a dear friend indeed and I'm so grateful for your friendship.

  6. Good morning. Your sister's unmarked china looks very much like the work of Clarice Cliff, or possibly from the Shelley pottery. It might be worth googling them. Best Wishes Lesley UK

  7. Beautiful china. I really love the blue onion!

  8. Gorgeous post..beautiful family photos and gorgeous plates and bowls ..lovely!

  9. Hi Necel
    Thanks for showing us your sister's inherited china. It is all wonderful. I am a fan of blue onion and love to dunk Oreos too! That unknown china is gorgeous. It has an art nouveau look to it like it was made in the 1920's
    Hugs, Rhondi

  10. I just love the cabinet filled with all the teacups! I love blue onion! What lovely pieces of China you and your sister have from your family. I loved hearing the stories about the lovely ladies in your family. The old pictures are wonderful! Come by and visit me at Tea Time Tuesday. I enjoyed my visit here so much!