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Carlton Ware

20130407-081337.jpg A new collection has begun. I found a vintage lettuce & tomato plate by Carlton Ware about 6 months ago that quite caught my eye. Now I am seeing more and more of it. That is how a collection begins. I don’t even recall really ever seeing this style and now my eye goes right to it when I am on vintage buying excursions.

20130407-081922.jpg Carlton Ware is a pottery manufacturer that began in 1890 in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

20130407-082113.jpg Salad Ware was one of the more popular designs the company created, and the designs remained in production for more than 50 years.

20130407-082437.jpg Being a huge tomato lover, I am drawn to the hand-painted tomatoes that are on each plate I have found.

20130407-082647.jpg I just love the varying shades of green and the varying sizes of the plates. For me, a collection is best when it can be enjoyed visually, but equally important is that it can be used. These work so nicely holding a variety of things–with tomatoes, not surprising, being my favorite.