Posted ByElizabeth Duffy on July 09, 2002 at 12:06:00:
I am having trouble identifying my family's Haviland china pattern. Someone told meit may have been hand-painted, and so there might not be a pattern. But there are two different stamps on the back which I think means it was decorated at the Haviland Factory. The pattern is a collection of various birds, flowers and plants, sunrises, sunsets, moons. On an average dinner plate, there is a bird or birds, a plant or flower, and a sky scene. Each and every one of the pieces is different. The plate is a smooth round blank, white background, with a very thin gold line around the rim. The coffee and tea cups are smooth, and almost conical in shape. My mother believes my great grandparents bought the set at the World's Fair in NY in the 1880s or 1890s. I have looked in the Schleiger books vols 1 - 4 and haven't seen anything close. I would welcome any ideas. I can send a digital photo of a dinner plate if anyone thinks they might be able to help.