I created a tablescape here in the dining room rather then in the living room, so here is what I came up with. Pretty simple really, but I didn't want to put a lot of time into it. So, using an estate sale find lace cloth over a red cloth to set the stage...
for the centerpiece,
which is also an estate sale find...
I used this beautiful glass compote nestled inside a heart shaped feather wreath and some stars and stripes for a little patriotic touch. And set the table with Staffordshire Ironstone Liberty Blue plates.
The compote is really unique because of the 3 faces on the pedestal
and on the lid. The piece dates to around 1890 to 1900.
I don't have any new Liberty Blue pieces for this year
but I did get this sweet little 8" plate since then. It is called "Cape Cod" by Wood's Burslem, England. I recently got the silhouette lady and thought she looked good centered on the plate.
The Cape Cod pattern looks good with the Liberty Blue pattern.
Speaking of blue, I got these two blue and white ironstone pitchers and are perfect for the 4th.
The spatterware pitcher I got from my great Aunt and had been in the family for quite some time. And the other one is my favorite... breaks, repairs and all!
And because I have it's story! I got it from my neighbor's mother's house and she had lots of things that had been in her family for YEARS!
This was written on paper and kept in the pitcher, and there it will stay. Here is what it says...
The pitcher of a full dinner set bought in New Orleans about 1840 by grandfather Stephens. This set and also a full set with a brown design he bought with money from 4 dozen chickens. Grandmother Stephens sent with him when he took a load of grain from Attica, Indiana on a "flat boat" to New Orleans. The chickens sold for $25. a dozen and she had said "getter china dishes" with the money he invested all of it. This was the first china they had used and prior to this time they had used pewter-ware. Chickens were very cheap in Indiana but she thought they would bring enough for a few china plates and cups and saucers.
Isn't that neat, I just love it!
Over on the stepback cupboard is my collection of antique 4th of July postcards
and "fireworks looking" arrangements in vases.
I have shown you all of these cards in the past
but not this cute little gal, I just got her this past year.
And I don't believe I have shown you this Scott's Emulsion tradecard either.
I'll end this post by sharing with you a few "Fourth of July" images from yesteryear with you from this neat book that I found last year.
Published in 1975.
(The below ladies "starred" in a special Fourth of July ball game at Black River Falls, Wisconsin.)
To my American friends, here's wishing you a glorious Fourth of July! And as always, thank you all so very much for visiting.
Thank you also to Jillian over at LET'S TALK VINTAGE for featuring my garden and front porch post.
I am joining the following linky parties for the week...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
NO PLACE LIKE HOME with Sandi
BTTCG with Bernideen
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
SHARE YOUR CUP THURSDAY with Jann
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia and the gals
SIMPLE AND SWEET FRIDAYS with Jody
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry