Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pimpernel Placemats


There was a time when some groups of people found it difficult to get married without acquiring quite a few sets of Pimpernel placemats, which now may serve a variety of roles around the house, including, in some cases, as placemats.













31 comments:

  1. I like the botanicals. We have a few ourselves, but the newer designs don't match the "classics" for art content. This is definitely an "our generation" thing. I doubt if Millenials are much interested in Pimpernel items, in general.

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    1. I might be the exception to this rule! Though I do shudder at the idea of calling myself a "Millenial".

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    2. The Millenials for the most part are not interested in anything that causes them to lift their heads out of their phones as they walk down the street - and certainly not anything with any heritage from family and previous times, which flies in the face of the current "minimalist" mindset.

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    3. Agree with Anonymous, April 24, above. The phones, or devices, as I think they're called now, seem to have taken over their psyche. I know several in our family who don't want any possessions or anything that smacks of parents, grandma or grandpa. So sad. Changing times, I guess.

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    4. Then I am definitely the exception when it comes to "my" generation. I have china inherited from my great grandparents, which I adore, I buy most things for my home second hand (hand made, well made items, especially things with a history) and will gladly take on anything else my grandparents and parents wish to bestow upon me from their houses. Pimpernel place mats especially welcome (though you can pick them up in charity shops for a song). Heritage means so much to me and I think it is evident in my lifestyle. Weekends are spent exploring National Trust properties and out in nature while most friends are nursing hangovers. My best friend calls me her "little old granny" - a nickname I happen to love. I'm getting a strong feeling I was born 30 years too soon.... Glad to be here on Muffy's blog among those who enjoy the same things.

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    5. "Almost and all" only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and pregnancy...

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    6. Alena, it's quite refreshing to know that ladies like you are still out there - especially of your generation. Many more of us, as well, who often think we were born 30 or 40 years too late, and feel quite “at home” with SWNE.

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    7. Alena...I quite agree. It's a joy to "talk" with someone younger who has an interest in something other than cell phones and big screen TV's. I love your weekend activities, and I love this blog.

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    8. I have always wondered the why about the younger people are more "connected" with their electronics...maybe there is a good reason they desire to do so and disconnect with the present and nowadays older crowd.

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    9. I think I and a few friends are also exceptions! I'd seen some (no doubt hand-me-down) Pimpernel placemats on their dining room table and wanted my own immediately! So glad to have read more about them here. It seems there are quite a few lovely sets on eBay.

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  2. Thank you, Muffy, for highlighting the special place Pimpernel once held. I agree with you and Rich R that it was the pinnacle of a previous generation. I remember how excited I was to purchase my first set of placemats, English Fox Hunting by J. F. Herring, Sr., when I was single and living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland back in the 70s so I could add them to my dawry chest. As a wedding gift I received a Pimpernel tray with the botanical apple design just like the one above from the Royal Horticulture Society Collection. As much as I treasure these items, I doubt very much that modern brides would include Pimpernel on their registries even with their updated designs which don't hold a candle to the classics of bygone years.

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  3. Rich R, you are so right about the newer designs. Love the ones I inherited from my mother which, for some reason, all have bird themes.

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  4. Do they still make these? I remember seeing them for sale at places such as the Jennifer House, the Hadley Village Barn, and Yetter's when I went with my mother. Of course, those gift shops have been out of.business for a while now.

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  5. Not quite vintage Pimpernel, but Lady Clare is a good option for placemats, coasters and wastepaper baskets:

    http://ladyclareplacemats.com

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    1. Lovely items. Thank you for this resource, Cranky Yankee!

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  6. Thank you! This post prompted my searching for my Pimpernel placemats-I'm not sure why I put them away, but will again will enjoy! cheers!

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  7. I have several sets but my favorites are the navy clipper ships. They set a gorgeous, elegant table.

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  8. For some reason this post made me think of vintage Couroc trays.

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  9. The fruit motif placemats bring memories of my nana Maggy house in Evanston. She had a matching coasters too.

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  10. Pimperel is owned by the Portmeirion Group. As is Spode and Royal Worcester. You can find new product at the Portmeirion USA website, use the drop down under "Our Brands". They make the Spode Christmas tree placemats, coasters, linens and melamine trays that are easy to find at Macy's to judge quality before mail order.

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  11. We were given a set 35+ yrs ago passed down from a family member when we married. Used ? I do not think ever, but when our son gets married, he will get them.

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  12. How funny. Had no idea what these were by the name or horse scenes. Upon seeing the botanicals, remembered them daily at the breakfast table as a child. Sitting stacked in the middle of the table--just in case we children became civilized overnight, I suppose.

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  13. I'm generation x and have two sets which we use all the time and I ADORE them! But, then I love anything classic...

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  14. I'm a millennial...and I've actually never heard of or seen these before! We certainly had placemats growing up (I can picture most sets in my head...) but they were always ones my mom sewed or made herself. - ER

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  15. I am quite certain we had a set of these - drink coasters. I somehow suspect they didn't handle grape juice and cola well and so are no longer around.

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  16. We routinely use several different sets of these at the dinner table and for coasters in the living room now, much to the chagrin of my less privileged wife. My maternal grandmother and mother also owned and used various Pimpernel placemats and coasters, so they have been a fixture all of my life.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von B.

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  17. I am not a millennial, but rather Gen X. I see many in my generational cohort who appear to exhibit the addiction to their electronic devices that are ascribed in some of these comments to millennials. My anecdotal observation is that this problem is not limited to any specific cohort, but seems to be pervasive.

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  18. I'm a boomer with a device who missed the place-mat gene. My mother has/had scads of those red & white boxes - maybe they made coasters, too? Too much "stuff" for me.

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  19. I worked in a big retail store that sold Pimpernel products when I first arrived in the US. I fell in love with the solid emerald color classic ones. That was twenty seven years ago and we still use them everyday.

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