When I was a child, my mom had a set of these wheat dishes. (Technically not this pattern, but I’ll come to that.) After almost all had gone by the way, she gave me the handful that remained. I have no idea why they appealed to me. Nostalgia? Fall? For years I kept an eye out for more. And then…
I spied two full boxes under a table in a junk store. $50. Sold.
What a mess they were but they cleaned up nicely and very few were chipped, though the gold rim had worn off a few.
As it turned out, there were three distinct patterns and shapes: the one my mom had, Golden Wheat Rhythm by Homer Laughlin (1957 – ?); Golden Wheat by Homer Laughlin (ca. 1949 – 1966); and Golden Wheat Versatile by Taylor Swift and Taylor (1953 – 1960s). [Dear Internet, No. I do not want tickets to a Taylor Swift concert.]
My favorite is the Taylor Swift and Taylor. The gold rim is wider and in real life, the colors are more vibrant than the others.
I have a set of real china for the Fall, but these do quite well on informal breakfast. All told I have 204 pieces, of which–you know what I’m about to report–65 are cups and saucers. Remarkably, the split is pretty even! Though I have never had occasion to invite 60 of my closest friends for a coffee cache.