Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Sandwich sisters of Corsicana, Texas

In the early 1900's, there were two sisters by the name of Sandwich who lived in Corsicana, Texas. They were well-known for their beautiful hand-painted china. During World War One, soldiers passing through Corsicana on the train would buy the lovely china that was so expertly painted and then ship it back home to their mothers or sweethearts. I am fortunate to be able to own some of these wonderful pieces of china. The blue forget-me-not large cake plate and smaller dessert plates along with the blue candlesticks covered in pink roses are the pieces I own that were painted by these sisters. I actually have six of the dessert plates. I really love these pieces because I know they were lovingly painted and then owned and loved by someone before me. They have a history with others and this makes them even more special to me. I also wanted to show you one of my favorite pin cushions and a prized dresser set. The dresser set consists of a tray, hair receiver, ring box, and perfume bottle. These sit on my vanity, and they are some of my favorite hand-painted china pieces. Thank you so much for taking the time to come by today. I am always happy to be able to share some of my favorite things with you. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends.
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Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh what a neat story! Isn't it amazing to think of them painting those beautiful pieces all those years ago? They are stunning pieces too, you are so lucky to have them!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

So very pretty! (uh oh, an incomplete sentence) lol

I noticed the Homer Laughlin Marilyn sugar bowl too. I have been collecting this pattern for a few years.

I am so glad you shared your lovely collection with us.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Vicki,
I love the blue dishes, and the story you have shared behind them. I have never seen them before, my gosh they are just beautiful. Even the candlesticks. What a treasure to have so many pieces and in mint condition too.

I pray that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

Country hugs...Sherry

Pauline said...

Dear Vicki, these are so beautiful!! Such a lovely shade of blue and the handpainting is so delicate - no wonder the soldiers couldn't resist buying piecesfor their mothers and sweethearts :o) You are fortunate to be the owner of so many pieces. Well done and thanks for sharing them with us.
God bless you.

Gracie said...

The cake plates are absolutely lovely! What a nice and delicare decor. Thanks for sharing.
Gracie at

Hootin' Anni said...

Being from Texas myself, I'd love to have this collection. LOL It's stunning. At first when I looked at the smaller photos, I thought maybe it was Texas Bluebells, but they're forget me nots....absolutely a gorgeous, powdery blue.

My show n tell is HERE

Happy Friday.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Such lovely blues and greens and pinks. The colors of cotton candy and pulled taffy. Sweet! What a wonderful story behind the handpainted items. So neat to own a piece of history. They certainly were sisters with talent. Blessings to you! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend. :) Tammy

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Vicki, your collections never cease to amaze me, they are so very beautiful! My very favorite is the forget~me~nots by the Sandwich sisters... I own only one little teeny plate by them, and I am always on the lookout for more... what a beautiful history behind them... all of your pieces are just gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

Robyn said...

MY GOODNESS! THat's a lovely collection. I LOVE when you know the history behind something and then for you to have a collection of something with such a GREAT history, that's fantastic!

Gattina said...

For people who love soft colors and some romantic design it's beautiful !

Shirley said...

The hand painted plates and china is lovely. I had an antique shop years ago and this reminds me of that. You are lucky to have so many and to know the story of the ladies who painted them.

someplace in thyme said...

Vicki, I had a thought in my head as I was looking and drooling at the gorgeous china pictures, "please don't tell me you found these at the local flea market or garage sale" and I am so happy to see that, that was not the case. Of course if it had been the case, you would have been the luckiest person ever!! Your collection is perfect and I hope when you are out and about, you may find some pieces to add. Thankyou so much for sharing the story of the Sandwich Sisters, I love those candlesticks. Char

Claudia said...

Oh Vicki - I love, love that china! What beautiful pieces - made even more beautiful by the story behind them. Oh my gosh!


Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello Sweet Vicki!

Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. These dishes are gorgeous. You are fortunate to own some. I had never heard of these before. Thanks for sharing with us. :)


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow! GORGEOUS!!! They are all so beautiful but the candlesticks are just breathtaking!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful pieces. Especially the blue plates. They are the most beautiful plates I think I've seen. Rosie

Mrs Twins said...

Wow! I love this collection. I love your blog too. I'll be back soon.
Hugs and Love Suex
So pretty, take care of it!

Sheila said...

WOW what a beautiful collection. I adore the dresser set it is sooooooooooooo pretty. All of it is something to be proud of.

Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

This is very special collection to the eye heart and mind ...

The pictures and story that goes along with them treasures for sure.

Thank you for sharing and have a GRAND weekend.

Ana said...

Hi sweet Vicki,
You always have such beautiful things to share. I love your dresser set with the sweet, pink roses. It is absolutely precious.

I do hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I wish you an equally wonderful weekend. Until next time my dear friend.

Blessings and hugs,

Diann said...

Oh such beautiful things! I love LOVE that blue set! So stunning!

Have a great day!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Love the history behind these gorgeous blue handpainted beauties! How fortunate you are to actually own some of them! They could not be more beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend! Hugs, Coralie

Maria said...

Vicki... these hand-painted beauties are so special! I'm sure the Corsicana sisters are happy in Heaven knowing you are taking care of their art. The candlesticks are so beautiful... and the plates, would make anyone feel royal ~
Many blessings to, Vicki ~ you are a blessing to all you meet.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness Bunny these are all so beautiful! I love hand painted china. My mother in love is a china painter, so we have learned a lot about it over the years. Thanks so much for sharing.


My Passport to Style said...

Such pretty china I almost cried!Thanks for sharing. Happy thanksgiving.Sharonnxx

June said...

Hi Vicki dear,
It was so enjoyable to learn the history behind these beautiful pieces of china. I LOVE the colors in all these lovely pieces. You have such an amazing collection!
I always love to see peeks of all the gorgeous pillows you have in your home too.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Wow, Vicki, where have I been? Here I'm a TX gal and I didn't know about the Sandwich sisters! What beautiful hp plates they did! If I knew your address, that cake plate MIGHT just have to come home with ME!! And oh my the candlesticks and the vanity set!! Sigh.....

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Dear Vicki,

Oh my goodness these pieces are beyond beautiful! Handpainted and so lovely. Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy a most beautiful weekend.



Anonymous said...

Wow ... what an amazing story behind these lovely hand-painted dishes. I love the pinks and the delicate blues too. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Mary said...

What a glorious collection. I love the pinks you chose to share with us today. I hope you had a great holiday and are enjoying Pink Saturday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Vicki! Look how lovely!

Not only are the plates gorgeous, but the way you staged them! And the hat pin holders, too.

Love visiting you. I'm so addicted I'm signing on to follow so I can keep an eye on your shiny objects. ;-)

Happy Pink Saturday to you!


Sheila :-)

CC said...

Hi Vicki...I love the beautiful treasures you've chosen for today. The china is just gorgeous and that tiny pincushion is so very sweet. I've enjoyed everything you've shown and the story along with it. Happy Pinks and have a great weekend.

Light and Voices said...

Wowza what a collection!
Joyce M

Anonymous said...

OMG beautiful blue!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Charlene said...

Thank you for stopping by to see my new doll that I shared on Show & Tell Friday at Cindy's My Romantic Home. I have gotten her out of her Thanksgiving outfit & have her up for Christmas in a whole new vingette. It is so wonderful that you have been to Marta's Room. CUTE SHOP isn't it? It would be fun to get to meet another fellow Texas Blogger. I have met some of the most wonderful friends through blogging. I have her in my new vignette so stop by again soon.

I do love all of your hand painted pieces. Those sisters were indeed talented gals. Corrsicana is just not that far. And to think of the soldiers stopping to buy those items. Sweet story. Glad they have a home with someone who treasures them. Have a wonderful weekend.

Elena@EPtreasures said...

Hi Vicki, I was popping in to see if you had a pink saturday post & discovered these gorgeous, gorgeous things ... they're beautiful. Beautiful things alwys make you feel good :)

ciao for now,
Elena :)

Marydon Ford said...

These are beyond breathtaking. How fortunate for you to be the keeper of these exquisite pieces.

Follow me on my new blog ... had issues with the old one.

We are having a huge GIVEAWAY ending Dec. lst.
Hugs, Marydon

Miss Rhea said...

Gosh, you have some of the prettiest china pieces I have ever seen !! Love that Gorgeous Vanity set ! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving !! :)

La Petite Gallery said...

WOW !!!!! what a find, love this site..
Where is Corsicia in Texas?? My grand Mother had that very hair box.

Nice very nice


vickie said...

Happy Pink Saturday. Oh my, these pieces are gorgeous, wonderful collection. Amazing history along with them. Thanks for sharing.


Your blue china set is stunning. What a treasure to behold. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hugs & Blessings!

Leann said...

What fab treasures. It's so great to know their history!


CIELO said...

So pretty... love the pastel colors and rosies... and oh, those pillows! Love 'em!


Anonymous said...

These sets are absolutely beautiful!! Oh, what a cheery day this is turning out to be.

Jeanie said...

It was wonderful to run across your website. I have a dresser set that was my great grandmother's that has Sandwich, Corsicana, Texas on the bottom. I have wondered for years where the "Sandwich" came from. I even called the Corsicana C of C and all they could tell me is there was a Sandwich family that had owned a house there.
Thank you,
Jeanie Petrie
Austin, Texas