Flowers wilt and chocolate melts, but a romantic butter pat will be with you forever.
When searching for that perfect Valentine’s gift, take a look at these diminutive china pieces. Haviland produced several that feature fairies and Cupid-like figures, as well as numerous examples in shades of pink or red roses. Butter pats are miniature plates that were introduced during the mid-1800s for individual servings of butter.
Although the larger pieces of Haviland such as tureens, compotes and chocolate sets are rare and prohibitively expensive for most of us, butter pats are plentiful and reasonably priced.
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It has been determined that Haviland companies alone designed as many as 60,000 dinnerware patterns – most with matching butter pats. The Haviland factories in Limoges, France, manufactured china that was decorated in the French style of pastel floral motifs for the American market.
The 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog advertised a 100-piece Theodore Haviland dinner set, including 12 individual butter dishes, for $23.50. The mail order company offered sample butter pats, postpaid, upon receipt of ten cents to allow the customer to see “the beauty of the ware and the delicacy of the decoration.” Today the same tiny piece would sell for approximately $25.
Throughout Haviland’s years of production, patterns and colors were carefully designed to enhance the numerous shapes of the blanks. These patterns and colorations ranged from the plain Wedding Band pattern to the aristocratic and elaborate golds, flowers of all genuses, classical motifs, Art Deco and all in a multitude of shapes.
These charming miniature plates take minimal space and they can be creatively integrated into your decorating scheme. Butter pats make beautiful wall display pieces, alone or combined with handsomely framed and mounted artwork.
Try grouping an assortment of pastel Haviland butter pats around an Impressionist piece of artwork for a stunning look. For a special dinner party, utilize pats as votive candle holders at each place setting. Diminutive Limoges pats have been seen on the tables of royalty and presidents, as well as at the homes of discerning fine china lovers everywhere. Why not make Haviland butter pats part of your table and home décor?
The Butter Pat Association was formed for beginner and advanced collectors of china butter pats from the Victorian through Edwardian eras and 19th-century to current-day. A subscription to their newsletter The Patter, costs $22 and includes a mint-condition butter pat.
Sample copies of The Patter are available by sending $4 and a large self-addressed envelope (61 cents). To subscribe and receive a butter pat by return mail, send your check or money order, payable to Mary Dessoie, to Butter Pat Patter Association, 7950 E. Keats Avenue, No. 178, Mesa, AZ 85209-5025. Please mention you saw this offer on AntiqueTrader.com.
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