There were so many comments about the transferware, I thought I'd show you individual pieces. I love the way they "mix and match" so much, I am happy that I've found it necessary to collect a piece at a time. Most were found by thrifting.
The bowl is Thanksgiving by Churchill. I bought six of them at Tuesday Morning on an "after Thanksgiving" clearance sale a few years ago at a fraction of their original price (they were $2.00 or $3.00 each... can't remember exactly).
If you have a Tuesday Morning store near you, anything they sell is already less than the original (and often expensive) price so a clearance makes it really affordable. I call it the upscale Big Lots.
The plate underneath the bowl is called The Brook by Franciscan. I only have two of them and they are beautiful!
The teapot is Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers (perhaps the most recognized of all brown transferware in America), the teacup is Royal Mail by Myott, and the mug is Vintage Game by Churchill.
I purchased the teapot from Johnson Brothers on Amazon.com by saving up credits (again, thank you!!!) and the mug is one of two purchased at Tuesday Morning this year on sale for about $4.00 each. I am normally not a fan of fine china mugs but these have a beautiful "feel" to them.
Here is the Royal Mail by Myott plate. I have one of them hanging on the wall for the autumn season.
This is not a "view only" collection, they are my autumn dinnerware and the teapot and mugs will be used all year (the Myott cups will be used sparingly to prolong their life). I believe the Royal Mail china was continually put through the dishwasher by their previous owner as the dishes and cups have very fine hairline cracks but their price was inexpensive enough that they were still worth the addition to my collection.
I hand washed most fine china, even when I had a dishwasher (although my wedding china by Noritake seemed to take the dishwasher fine but I only used it a few times a year).
When not in use, the plates have a home on the top shelf of my kitchen china cabinet with a paper plate placed between each individual plate to protect them. I think they are even more special when brought out seasonally. There are many more patterns of brown transferware and I will be keeping an eye out for them, especially at thrift stores!
Just in case you wonder: The reason I tell you the price on objects is to show you... if I can create Beauty in the home on my limited budget... you can, too! I use gifted funds and Christmas-birthday gifts for Books and Beauty... and Coffee... and sometimes Tea.
Hubby has given me a gift certificate to my favorite Primitive Decorating store for over a decade (except when we lived in Detroit)... back when it could be $75 or more when we were prosperous and now often $25 which I combine with their after Christmas sales and coupons.