It was, and still is, a tradition for young women who are going to marry to pick out their set of dishes and cutlery with the romantic vision of many fine dinners with family and evenings entertaining guests. If one had the means…the language wasn’t “dishes” but “fine china” and not cutlery but “silver” in a padded wooden chest.
My first set was one for 12 people and it was fine china by Noritake. Absolutely lovey…white with a colored rim of delicate flowers. My new Italian mother-in-law fancied and collected several different sets of the very finest china like Mitterteich from Bavaria, Lenox, and Wedgewood which were all proudly displayed in a oversized Henredon china cabinet in the dining room, and only used on holidays like Easter or Christmas.
I very seldom, if ever, seated 12 people at my table over the years so a set of 12 served as back-up replacement plates for our usual…
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