Trio of Thrift finds, Trio of Parties

Hi everyone! don't forget to enter this week's giveaway (check out the bottom of this post)!!

Well, we have a few fun weekly blog parties to attend today. We have Linda at "Coastal Charm" for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. And Troy over at "I Refuse to Recede" for Tuesday Trivia Tie-in. And Diane at "A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words" for 2nd Time Around.

I have a couple of thrifty finds to show you. First up is the beautiful silver plated tray. I love when I can find these little treasures for a bargain price and this tray was $2.00. Here is the before a little cleaning up pictures.

And now for a little sparkle! The detail comes out so lovely once cleaned up.

I also found this cute Franciscan "Desert Rose" salad plate at a thrift store for .30 cents.

A little history on this plate and design....

Desert Rose the largest selling pattern in the history of American dinnerware, made its debut in later 1941. It has enjoyed the world's longest period of popularity of any dinnerware pattern produced by a single company. The Rose Rugosa, rugged wild rose of poem and song was a natural design selection. The character of the bloom with its simple delicate petals made it adaptable to hand painting. This beautiful handpainted pattern is still one of America's favorite casual tableware patterns. In 1964 the sixty millionth piece had been produced and Desert Rose is now on display in the historical Smithsonian Museum. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy chose Franciscan Desert Rose for use in the White House. In Desert Rose, the irregularly scalloped edge of thorny vines creates a believable frame for the fully opened pink roses with their golden centers and soft green leaves. The softness of the design is further enhanced by its cream colored background. First made in California and now produced in various countries, Franciscan dinnerware achieved immediate popularity when it appeared in the late 1930s and ranks as a prized collectible, particularly the American-made pieces (pre-1984). Apple (1940) and Desert Rose (1941) are the only continuously produced Franciscan patterns.
Today's Franciscan dinnerware (the name honors colonial California's mission-founding priests) fulfills contemporary expectations, going safely into the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer. The pattern's subtly sculpted pink desert roses and green leaves are set against a pale sand background.


And the last find I am showing today is this pretty porcelain "bone dish". A few weeks ago I posted that I had found 3 of these little dishes (in different patterns) and I really wanted to find a fourth one. Well, I found one at the flea market the other day.

Bone dishes are used to hold discarded bones from fish at the dining table. They are largely antiques, rarely used by modern diners.

Bone dishes were "considered a necessary part of a table setting for the Victorian table," according to, a resource for antiques and collectibles.

The bone dish should be placed to the left of the dinner plate, wrote the newspaper columnist Judith Martin, "Miss Manners," in 2001.

Most bone dishes have a crescent shape, enabling them to curve around the dinner plate, but others were made in more whimsical shapes.

German potters preferred scalloped edges on the bone dishes they made, Charles Mather wrote in a 1992 "Flea Market" column printed in the "Victoria Advocate" newspaper. Haviland, a French firm, used floral designs.

In his column, Mather says bone dishes were a favorite gift to brides in the late 1800s and could be purchased in sets.


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  1. Wow, you found some beautiful items. Love that Franciscan plate. You go girl.

  2. Oh such cool info. I didn't know about bone plates...I think I have one. Love the Desert Rose patten it is really pretty and timeless. Nice little plate you found.

  3. Great finds! Pretty plates. Gorgeous tray!!

  4. Good clean up on the tray!I know you used lots of elbow grease. Thanks for stopping by ! So glad you found the 4th "bone".
    smiles, alice

  5. How lucky can you get finding the 4th dish. I had never heard of bone dishes and found your post interesting. That silver polished up very nicely.

  6. Holy cow your platter looks amazing!

    Allison @

  7. Diann, you did it again- the tray is an incredible deal! It all is, actually.Great job!
    xoxo Pattie

  8. nice items you found, I love bone plates, I have several and am so glad you found the info one them. Thanks for sharing

  9. I love reading the history about pieces that are found while out thrifting. I'm going to have to join Troy's party next week.
    I love the bone dish and I had no idea how a bone dish was used before I read your post.

  10. Oh I just love the dessert rose pattern! What a steel!

  11. Hi Girlfriend... hit the jackpot this week for treasure finds, my friend! Of course, you know how I love my silver...your silver tray is gorgeous and what a bargain at just $2! I love it! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE those beautiful bone dishes! They would look perfect with my olive green Staffordshire Balmoral set of dishes! What a great find...and how lucky was that? That you found the 4th plate? Awesome!!! I really enjoyed reading about the Franciscan Rose really is a beautiful pattern! I didn't know that Jackie Kennedy chose that pattern for her dishes! Sooo interesting!

    Well Darlin', I really enjoyed looking through this week's thifty treasure did GOOD!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  12. Great finds! Thanks for the info on the bone dish-I always wanted to know what they were for!

    Thanks for sharing,

  13. Great finds! The silver tray came out awesome. What did you use to clean it? I never knew those cresent shaped dishes were for bones. thanks for sharing!


  14. Diann,

    Thanks for joining Tuesday Trivia Tie-in again this week. Your tray looked especially dashing with my tie on it, don't you think?

    I love it when I get to learn new things about the fun dishes you have, And did I mention how much I like that bone dish. The pattern has enough of a masculine feel to it that I could eat hot wings and put my bones there witout being embarrased.

    Of course, it would be good filled with M&M's too!


  15. Luv you beautiful silver tray...awesome clean-up job! Only .30 cents? that's a super duper deal Diann! Happy NTT!


  16. I wonder how many bone dishes I've passed up, thinking they must be ashtrays! Since I don't smoke, I never considered what they might be. I do eat lots of fish, so they would come in handy -- ha!'ve told us about cleaning up the silverplate. Is there any secret to keeping it all sparkly? I'm tempted to spray mine with a sealer (not really).

  17. THose 4 salad plates are adorable!


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