Spring makes me think of
Great Grandmother Anna, who adored everything Pansy.
My great grand parents, Anna and Niels's wedding picture 1895 in Denmark. Her dress, while not white was perfect for the cold wind on the west coast of Northern Denmark or
Niels was a fisherman and might have wooed my great grandmother with Pansies, she was 19 here.
|Source: The Graphics Fairy|
I wonder if she had beautiful prints of pansies, such as this one from the era.
In 1911 Anna and Niels and family had enlarged to three girls and one boy, my grandfather.
My great aunt who passed my mother the pansy items, is the baby girl. She lived to be 100.
This was a photo taken before their immigration to the United States that year.
|The Graphics Fairy|
|One of Anna's plates http://oldnewgreenredoblog.blogspot.com|
I have two OLD Alumina plates which were everyday wares produced at the turn of the century
by Royal Copenhagen. Produced with a thicker/ironstone tan clay body this line of pieces were painted white and then a design was stenciled or hand painted on top and then clear glazed.
|There are many Victorian cards and graphics including Pansies.|
The Victorian meaning for Pansy was "to think," or "thoughts," about love. So to give a pansy was to say, "I'm thinking about you," fondly we would hope.
The pansy was considered a bad-luck gift to give to a man.
Violets or Violas, the smaller pansies meant modesty, where 'shrinking violet' came from. The colors also added to the message.
Blue pansies meant, "I'll always be true, faithful and watchful,"
while white pansies meant "let's take a chance.
A wonderful site about flowers is The Plant Farm blog.
This thick porcelain thunder mug or porcelain potty had a gorgeous top,
which bit the dust a long time ago.
I have used it for a planter, table decoration, and held my curlers for awhile. The piecemoves about the houseseasonally. It is beautiful and weighs a ton.
Pansy thunder-mug, Anchor mark on the bottom circa 1906 or there about.
Anchor Pottery Company in Trenton NJ, produced this piece probably in the early 1900's.
Perhaps it was the first item Anna purchased when coming to the US
I have very few items from Great Grandmother Anna since my grandfather was the only son. The daughters most often inherited all their mother's pretty items. These pieces were passed down
to my mother through my great aunt, the baby in the second picture.
In America, Great Grandfather and my now grown grandfather (left) opened a fish market in 1922.
I have the OLD original tools from the fish market, cleavers, sharpeners, a scaling knife, the notes hook which was in the small office where all the books were kept. On the right is a picture of a woman serving fish, which I had always thought was Great Grandma Anna, but wasn't as it was a generic print that an advertising calendar could be made from.
The year is 1923 and was printed for my family's fish market.
The major piece I have from her is this lovely teapot. The mark on the bottom is
Plant Tuscan China made in England 1936 or later. She passed in 1938.
What is unusual is how beloved this pot was, as it is smashed into at least 20 pieces and was lovingly glued back together. Anna had eight grand children by then, and was aunt to another dozen.
Somehow this precious teapot was broken and then repaired.
I handle it very gingerly and it is on display in a locked china cabinet most days.
This is what I call a monumental REDO.
I can imagine Anna's garden was filled with pansies, Forget-me-knots, and other lush flowers that liked the chill of the North Sea or Lake Michigan.
Another piece I know very little about is a a silver plated brass tray with matching lid,
on an enamel glazed milk-glass bowl.
My guess it is very early 20th century and the milk glass has that
tint of green so desirable in old milk glass.
I don't have a black light, but I imagine it would glow green. Nothing was marked on this piece,
despite how beautiful the enamel glazed decorations still are on this.
Those are Mom's antique books, the dish sits on.
So with "Pansy Thoughts" of my great grandmother...I post a Spring gift for you.
Thanks always for visiting.
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.
All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission.
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle