Way back in high school, I worked at
Burton’s Jewelers in downtown . Not only did they sell beautiful jewelry, but they were the go-to business in town for the local bridal registry. I learned a lot about fine china, crystal, silverware and giftware back then. That knowledge still serves me well to this day. Laurel
One of the giftware lines that always fascinated me was Irish Belleek china. The tiny pieces of ivory-colored porcelain were feather-light and ultra-translucent. Many of the pieces even had little shamrocks hand-painted on them. So in the 1980’s when Mom decided to take a trip to Ireland and asked me if there was anything I would like for her to bring back, it was a no-brainer to ask for a piece of Irish Belleek.
She actually came back with two pieces of Belleek for me, a small shell with teeny-tiny feet and the beautiful swan shown above.
This is the mark on the bottom of the swan. The shell is marked the same but is harder to photograph.
Belleek is perfect for a vanity vignette; the swan is shown here with a vintage vanity set (mirror, comb and brush) in green, of course, and a doily of Irish lace.
I could never part with my Belleek so they are not for sale; however, the vanity set and doily are.
If you would like to read a short history about Irish Belleek porcelain, click here. If you have a piece of Irish Belleek and would like to check its date mark, click here.
Are you lucky enough to own a piece of Irish Belleek?
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