Rare Holly Berry T & V Limoges Christmas Dessert Plates & Platter
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These Holly Berry T & V Limoges plates and platter are some of my favorite vintage finds to date. Let me tell you about my find!
On my treasure hunts, I do not typically encounter rare finds. I still get a thrill from finding pretty things even if they are common vintage pieces. A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I were on our way to an estate sale that neither of us was particularly excited about. Just before we got off the freeway, I found a listing for another nearby sale. The listing told us to stop by, dig through boxes of dishes and glassware, and make a pile for a good deal. “All must go!” The advertisement claimed. In the pictures the sellers showed high-end antiques such as glass decor by Tiffany, so we had a feeling that we would find some treasures.
Needless to say, my mom and I abandoned the first sale and rushed over to the second sale. Turning the corner, we saw surprisingly few other treasure hunters. Inside the garage, there were stacks of unopened boxes, each containing a purchase from eBay. Methodically, I went through box after box of treasures that the owner had never opened. I found a gorgeous antique chocolate pot and cups, Aynsley china dinnerware, brass angel wall sconces, and innumerable other treasures.
After about forty minutes of looking through the garage, we went into the house to continue our hunt. The house was PACKED with treasures. I opened up a cupboard in a dimly lit hallway and, shining my flashlight into the darkness, I noticed some china storage bags tucked safely in a dark corner. Carefully unzipping one of the bags, I glimpsed gorgeous plates hand-painted with holly berries and gold trim. On closer inspection, I saw that there were plates and a platter, and they were made by T&V Limoges. Needless to say, they came home with us!
Upon returning home, I did a little bit of research and discovered that T&V stands for Tressemanes and Vogt Limoges, and a quick eBay search revealed their desirability. I can see why collectors adore this pattern. These Christmas dishes would make a stunning display during the holidays!
(Search on eBay for some antique holly berry dishes!)
The entire set consisted of six plates and one platter – a perfect set of dishes for a Christmas dessert! Shockingly, the gold and paint were perfect. The set dates to the early 1900s, so it was particularly remarkable to find them in pristine condition. The plates looked as if they had only been used once or twice. What an amazing find!
As I write, these beauties are traveling to their new home via the USPS. I regret not capturing better pictures of the plates before shipping them. To be honest, I was afraid to handle them too much because they were so perfect! I dreaded the thought of hurting them. These pictures will have to do to prove that I was once in the presence of these works of art.
Do you collect Holly Berry dishes by T&V Limoges? Do you have information about the maker and/or pattern? Tell me about it in the comment section below!
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