Our Living Room ~ Vintage Black Transferware Platters

 I found a new spot in our living room for my two largest vintage black transferware platters.

These platters were an Aberfoyle flea market find, along with some matching smaller plates and a bowl, for $20 for the whole box. They are old and boy that box was heavy! There is a reason folks bring bundle buggies to flea markets.

Our front living room is a casual rustic space and I wanted to find a way to display some of the pieces in here. I tried adding the plates to the agricultural themed gallery wall above the sofa and asked for readers' advice. They looked okay there, well except for the flimsy wire plate hangers that could barely hold these heavy suckers up. 

I ended up taking the platters down for fear of the wire hangers giving out and having my vintage beauties come crashing down. After checking ebay I ended up ordering DISC hangers and now feel very confident in hanging them. A bonus is that the DISC hangers allow the plates to lay really flat against the wall so there is not an awkward side view of the wire contraption. 

I decided to not hang the plates in the gallery wall above the couch (I bought some new frames to add.) Instead I decided to try the platters on a small wall between the living room double doorway and wall opening. They aren't centred because the wall bends but I really like seeing them here. I love the aged colours of the platters against my white walls. Now to decide if I should add the plate and two side plates below. What do you think?

I'm linking up to the following parties...
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
Decorating With Plates Linkup at Funky Junk Interiors and Party Junk at FJI


  1. I forgot how beautiful that pattern was and how unique they are. It's nice to have more than one place to put them.

  2. Your platters are beautiful and I love the idea of hanging them in the living room! I found the same discs myself and I really love them. I liked your shelf from before with all the dishes and the animal figurines. The scrabble pieces is such a cute idea!! I'm visiting from the Home Sweet Home link party. Have a lovely day!! ~ Jamie

  3. Oh, I LOVE your black transferware. I am an ironstone junky, and I love transferware! I only have brown right now, but I've been on the hunt for some black for quite a while now! I am so thrifty, and I envy the bargain you were able to get! They look beautiful on your wall, and also very pretty in your hutch!

    Thanks so much for stopping by yesterday, and your kind words on my Post Reno Home Tour.

    Have a great day!

  4. Your new transfer-ware is beautiful, they look great on that small wall. I don't know what I'd do with the small ones, I would put them on the floor and work them around to see what looks good.
    Have a good week!

  5. Yep. Good placement here. That add a bit more interest to your light walls. Are you going to hang the little ones too??

  6. I think they look fabulous!

  7. I love the design on the black transfer ware. I have never seen that...love it! They look great in your house. Blessings!

  8. Love them, what a steal, I collect blue and white everything china except not the pagoda ones. Actually I've stopped because I have too much for my small house!

  9. Oh my gosh did you hit the mother load of steals! I am so jealous!;) I simply love your ironstone.Thank you for sharing at THT!

  10. Those dishes are beautiful! They look great in your cupboard, and really nice on the wall!! Good job, Elizabeth!!

  11. I love transfer ware and you have a beautiful collection of them! I love them on the living wall, they are beautifully highlighted on that wall:) They even look pretty in the pie safe with the blue back wall, lovely color contrast:) Gorgeous find! Thanks for letting us take a peek! Happy Sunday!Hugs,Poppy

  12. What a gorgeous pattern! I love your 2 platters on the wall-they make a great statement! I don't know if I'd add the others or not! (I'm no help at all :)

  13. Hi Elizabeth!
    I say add the other plates! They are too beautiful to leave in a box :) I used to love red and white transferware a lot. I think I really am starting to love your black and white and need to keep my eyes open for some, too!
    I love seeing what lovely vignettes you come up with next!
    Love, (long lost) Leslie ;)

  14. I haven't seen black and white transferware that much. They are beautiful! I like them displayed against your white walls.

  15. What great finds.
    These are beautiful.

  16. I found you through "Home Making Dreams". I love the black transferware. I will be on the look out for some. I do have several pieces in red, that I wrote a post about on my Thursday Show and Tell. I really like your blog and will be looking around for more ideas.

  17. These dishes are so pretty, Elizabeth! Great find!

  18. I'm really embarrassed to admit this but I've NEVER seen them in black before!!!
    How gorgeous!!!!!!!

  19. I love, love black transferware, but it's really difficult to find them in France. Your pieces look gorgeous, especially in the blue hutch.

  20. How lucky you are to have those large black transferware platters! I only have a couple of soup bowls in black, I think they are very hard to find.


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