My daughter, Carolyn Julia is named after my Memo (Mildred Carolyn) and Jim's grandmother (Julia). I love this link she has to her great-grandmothers! Both of them were very touched when we told them her name. Jim's grandmother passed away only a couple of months after Carolyn was born and I was so happy that we had honored her this way and that she knew about it before she died.
This is Grandma Monti's china.
Jim's mom wanted Carolyn to have it so we packed it up at Christmas and my parents brought it to her when they came last week.
What a special gift for a special girl!
And there is so much of it! 96 pieces to be exact. I wish I knew the story behind it. Did she inherit it? Did she hate it but didn't want to offend the person who gave it to her? Or did she pick it out and register for it when she was a blushing bride in 1933?
Was it something she chose later in life to replace something not as nice? Unfortunately, we'll never know.
I didn't even know the name of the pattern. The back is stamped Treasure Chest, Bavaria Germany. I tried to research it on the internet, but could only find a few patterns from this manufacturer, none of which matched. Until I came upon the site Replacements, Ltd. that researches the pattern for you free of charge. I sent them a photo and they checked their inventory for a match. I received an email from them yesterday (only 2 days after I contacted them!) and the pattern is ALOHA. Don't you love that?
I bought china storage boxes and Carolyn and I began packing it to store safely in the basement until she is a "big girl". She is very excited about receiving it. I think we will have to use it on some of her special days as I don't think either one of us can wait until she is big!