Tartanware is one of those classic collectibles — always interesting, never outdated, easily brought into your decor style. As you might expect, Tartanware is of Scottish origin, dating back to the Victorian age (though, I’m sure there are examples older than that). Souvenirs have always been big business, and what better way to commemorate your trip to the Highlands than with a trinket clad in tartan? Visitors could purchase tartanware in the likes of thimble holders, snuff boxes, napkin rings and decorative boxes. Originally hand-painted these were travelling objets d’art. Once the Industrial Revolution made it’s way through Europe, artisans found that a way to transfer images – namely, tartan – to paper, which was then applied to a multitude of surfaces, and the collectibles market boomed. Though most of what you see is this later style, you can often still find tartanware with hand-painted hunting scenes, or even portraits.
Being married to a Scot, I often find reasons to break out the plaid. But, even if I didn’t, adding a handful of mismatched napkin rings to a holiday tablescape would be a great way to integrate this trend.
Photos courtesy of: Lynn’s Unique & Antique and Sebasky & Hildreth at Marburger Farm.
Disclosure: Tickets were provided by Marburger Farm. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.