I thought I would do an iStock shoot with the dinnerware my Mom and Dad got when they were married. Technically, the dishes are china. Econolux. Made in Japan.
You can be pretty sure that if it has 'econo' in its name it is...economical (or, to quote my Mom, cheap).
And economical is not a bad thing.
They are awesome dishes, whether they were economical or not. They saw lots of Sunday dinners, birthdays, and Christmas feasts.
And they have cracks and nicks and dents. Many. Each one with a different story.
I recall hearing a story about an elderly lady who kept the chipped pieces of her china in her jewelry box, each individually wrapped in a piece of tissue, each the result of an accident at a family gathering. Her granddaughter was looking through her jewelry box one day and commented that it was so sad that the fine china had gotten damaged. The grandmother took a different view (as grandmothers often do) and proceeded to tell the story behind each chip. For her, each chip was a memory. And each memory was precious. I though that was sweet, and have tried to adopt the same attitude. Pretty sure I will get there by the time I am a grandmother!
Truth be told, I was always more of an earthenware kinda girl myself. I have always leaned towards hefty, rustic things. Stuff that tends to be low maintenance, resistant to damage. Practical.
I was surprised to read a few years ago that china is actually stronger than earthenware, inch for inch. That is why china can be made so thin. Koodos to china! Never judge a book by what others are saying about it!
I was also surprised to find out that bone china actually has bones in it. It was many years ago when I learned that, I was young and I was traumatized...for a nanosecond.
The dishes contain ground bone.
Bone, like what is part of the food on the plate.
Those old timers were pretty darn clever to figure out that adding ground bone would make the dishes stronger and whiter.
But, in the meantime, if you are a vegetarian you may want to avoid eating your meals on bone china!
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