Our new dining table is finally in place. As I thought about setting my new/old table to share with you for the first time, I began remembering one of my lifetime favorite movies, first seen in a theatre when I was six years old. Since then I've watched John Ford's "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, many many times when it shows up on one of the classic movie channels. Do you remember the movie? In the story, a rather mysterious American, Sean "Trooper" Thornton buys his family ancestral farm in Inisfree Ireland. As the story progresses, Sean falls in love with the beautiful Mary Kate Danaher, younger sister of Sean's nemesis, Squire "Red" Will Danaher, her guardian and the village bully. Will finally allows Sean to wed Mary Kate, but after the marriage, Will refuses to give his sister her dowery. Chaos erupts between Sean and Mary Kate because Sean won't demand that Mary Kate be given what is legally hers. He just doesn't understand how important it is for her to have her family treasures around her. She can't "feather her nest" without them. I'll never forget when she finally receives her share of the family furniture, china, crystal, and other treasures. She lovingly arranges her belongings in the old Thornton cottage, and she proudly sets a supper table for Sean. There's much more to this wonderful old movie, but it's this scene that I was remembering as I chose the items for my St. Patrick's day table. I hope that you'll enjoy my table; I created it with Mary Kate Danaher in mind...
Sure enough...I found the Karges dining table for 12 through Stenella Antiques, located in Perkasie, Illinois. It was also an amazing deal.
Good ole eBay yielded the pair of Minton lidded tureens. The border design is similar to the Minton Cockatrice, and I love the way that it works with the Coalport Z3137 Exotic Bird. The adjustable silver stands belonged to dear Nana....just the right elevation.
...Family silver and beloved vintage china...Treasured elements that I love to use as I feather my nest. I understand Mary Kate Delaher's determination to gather her family things around her. I'm waging a pint at the pub that you do, too! Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Old Irish Blessing: "I pray that when one of you sheds tears, the other one tastes salt."
This week I'll be joining:
Cuisine Kathleen for her St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper