My first vintage Christmas find of the year! I was hitting some thrift stores in Rome, Ga. over the weekend when I spotted this piece at Goodwill for just 99 cents. Not bad, and it will blend with my Spode Christmas Tree dishes quite well.
This is the "Christmastime" pattern from Nikko. When I did a little online surfing, I found that this pattern of Japanese ironstone was introduced in 1979. (So I call it "vintage" with a bit of a grin! So am I, by that standard.)
I thought this looked old until I looked on back and saw that it was microwave safe. I'm surprised something from the microwave era shows crazing — or is it crackling? I have yet to see a satisfactory explanation of the difference. One definition of crazing in the dictionary is tiny cracks, and crackling is said to be small cracks as well. I can't feel the cracks, however, so I felt this dish will be fine no more often than I will use it. Have any of you found a good thrift store bargain lately?