Post # 32
I inherited my mother’s china because my elder sister married a man with no sisters, and got her mother-in-law’s china. I did have to buy my own crystal and silver, though, which is much more expensive than china. The silver was about $600 for a five-piece setting.
My nieces chose their fine china pattern before they entered their teens, in accordance with tradition. Their patterns range between $200 and $300 a setting (as I have cause to know very well, having been giving them a place setting for Christmas and/or birthdays for the last few years).
If you go for something top-end, consider getting ten or fourteen place settings rather than twelve. If you are a traditionalist about seating arrangements, twelve or eight or four are actually rather awkward numbers to seat at a standard rectangular table.
Post # 33
For everyday, I’m actually very fond of Corelle. It makes amazinngly efficient use of shelf space because the wafer-thin plates stack closely with very fine tolerances — not as fine as they were back in the sixties, but adequate — and vitrelle is very light compared to stoneware or porcelaine, so it can be carried as easily by a small great-grandniece or an arthritic old great-grand auntie, as by a strong young woman. But that being said, I use chinese folk-pottery for my winter breakfast-set, and a discontinued Royal Doulton china for my summer breakfast-set; and I have some Christmas-themed Portmeiron porcelain for Christmas everyday meals.
Post # 34
Having always been fond of my mother’s china she and my dad received on their wedding I went ahead and registered for Lenox Tribeca china – about $110 per place setting. To be honest I don’t anticipate getting much but it will be something I can build up in the future.
Our ‘everyday’ dishes are the Noritake Colorwave Green Rim and they’re $40 for a four piece place setting.