Many people like to use Friendly Village dishes, made by Johnson Brothers, in the fall and winter. This dinnerware has a pretty brown transferware pattern that has been in production since 1953. The Friendly Village pattern was made in England until 2003, since then it has been made in China. You can tell which location it was made in by the backstamp. The old backstamp read “Made in England by Johnson Bros”. The new backstamp reads “Johnson Bros England 1883″. The photo above shows the backstamp that was used on the made in England pieces.
This is a popular set for Autumn and Winter with the New England Village type scenes and the green accented brown border of leaves, pine cones and flowers. In some households it is a popular pattern for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Others like to use it as everyday dishes from Fall until the end of Winter. It is ironstone, so it is fairly sturdy and dishwasher safe.
There are 2 other variations of this pattern, one is the 50 year Anniversary pattern, produced in 2003. It has a 50 Year Anniversary banner on each plate. The other variation is the Christmas pattern. It has the same leaf and acorn border, but has Christmas scenes in the center, some with a decorated Christmas tree next to a fireplace, others are outdoor scenes.
Friendly Village has been a long-running and very popular pattern and has a full complement of dinnerware pieces. From teacups and saucers, coffee mugs, several size bowls, 2 sizes of dinner plates, square or round salad plates, to bread and butter plates for place settings. Many serving pieces are available such as platters, a teapot, gravy boat, butter dish, and open and covered serving bowls. You can set a very pretty table with this set!
For many years this pattern was available through the Betty Crocker catalog and was fun to collect piece by piece.
This pattern has a large assortment of scenes, and each scene is identified on the backstamp. Some of the place setting pieces are available in a variety of scenes, while the serving pieces were not produced with any variations. The scenes are of fall, winter, spring and summer in the country and New England village, with names such as Covered Bridge, Stone Wall, Old Mill, Hayfield, Schoolhouse, Village Green, Autumn Mists and The Well.
If you are interested in adding pieces to your collection, need to replace a broken dish or just want a few pieces to display, check out what I have available in the Friendly Village pattern at AuntJanesAttic