Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hotel Cape Fear

My Pink Saturday post is very simple this week,
but features one of my favorite, and quite interesting pieces, to me....


I have long desired to start a collection of Hotel China.
I love the emblems and the weightiness of it. (Is that even a word? LOL)

Unfortunately, I only have one piece, but it has quite a significance.

Years ago, I bought a trash can or some kind of canister at an auction. When bidding on it, I assumed it was empty.
However, there were several nice items inside, this HOTEL CAPE FEAR plate being one of them.
Imagine my pleasant surprise! :)


I don't know near the history of Wilmington as Kevin does, he lived in the Historic District for years when he was young.

In 1974, when Kevin was around 6-7 years old, he sat on the sidewalk across from the HOTEL CAPE FEAR with his Grandaddy Coot, and watched it being demolished.
Now wasn't that a coincidence?


For more PINK Saturday, please visit Beverly, at How Sweet the Sound.

Hope you are all having a great weekend so far!
Thanks for the encouragement on the wallpaper removal project.
The chocolate brown isn't working too well, but I have a plan B, so stay tuned....
~Rhonda :)

43 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

What a treat to find this lovely piece inside :o)
Susan

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Rhonda,
I lived in Jacksonville for several years in the late 80's before moving west to the foothills. I loved visiting Wilmington, driving along the old brick streets with the tree canopy and downtown area with it's historic buildings. What an incredible find you have! The plate is lovely, hard to beat a horse drawn carriage image! It's a great starter piece for building a collection. I hope you find many more interesting hotel china plates. Now I'll be on the look out for some too *smiles*

Vanessa Greenway said...

Love the plate! The color is so rich I really love it! Have a great weekend!! :) Vanessa

dana said...

I LOVE hotel dishes, too. I don't have a collection, cuz goodness knows, I have PLENTY of dishes, but I would LOVE to. That plate is just fantastic--what a great story, too. Love the name Granpa Coot! So sweet! Hope your PSat is the bestest! Dana

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhonda,
This is a great idea for a collection!
Hope you have wonderful day!
Diane

Shelia said...

Morning, Rhonda! Oh, what a beautiful plate with history behind it. Seems we're both into history lessons today! I love both the movies of "Cape Fear" - the oldie with Robert Mitchem and Gregory Peck and the newer version with Jessica Lang and can't think of guy's name at the moment. Oh, Nick Nolte Anyway, up until a few years ago I didn't know there was a real Cape Fear.
Ooooh, this is so interesting!
Be a sweetie and don't work too hard on your bedroom,
Shelia ;)

laurie said...

I love hotel china, and train and bus china, but it is hard to find and usually pricey. I cannot believe you found that beautiful plate inside a can you bought! How fun to get such a special treasure and not even know you were getting it. laurie

Dawn said...

I've never heard of the Cape Fear Hotel, only the movie Cape Fear ;)

Your plate is very pretty. I hope you are able to build the collection of Hotel China that you want.

Take care,
Dawn

onlymehere said...

It sounds like no cavalry was need after all! I really like this plate. I have a couple of restaraunt plates that were in my grandma's Inn. They mean a lot to me just bz they were grandma's. This plate is very nice. Have you noticed how small the plates used to be? No wonder I can remember my dad eating two plates of food at dinner and not getting fat!!

Melissa Wertz said...

I like that plate Rhonda. Happy Pink Saturday!

Heidi Ann said...

Good Morning Rhonda!...I too love hotel china! I have a collection of dessert plates from the very famous Hotel del Coronado, here in San Diego. Every few years they get new dishes & the old ones are just discarded!...perfect time to scoop them up! :)....Loved your story about your beautiful plate!...Havea great day!....Heidi XO

Picket said...

Oh Scooter....you ain't gotta make up stories about where you got the plate sweetie...just go ahead and admit you swiped it from the hotel...we have heard of people taking hotel towels & all the little soaps..we'll forgive you for the plate! lol lol That is a beautiful plate sis and the history with it about your hubby being there that day to watch it being torn down...oh how sweet is that! Have a great weekend Scooter!

Smilingsal said...

It seems to me that hotel china would be difficult to collect. Hotels wouldn't like to give pieces away, so you might have to hire a cat burglar. Aren't cat burglars expensive?

Happy Pink Saturday!

G. Bloom said...

Happy Pink Saturday! What a great plate! Love your post!
Gina

g said...

What a cool plate!

I don't know the Cape Fear area - like others, I just know the movies. Mitchum and DeNiro are so menacing, even the name "Cape Fear" gives me a chill.

It would be a good thing, I think, to go there and get a whole new mental image of the place - it sounds fabulous. Thank you for sharing the plate.

Have a great Pink Saturday.

nikkicrumpet said...

What a fun surprise...you gotta love "bonus" stuff with your purchase. And make sure you don't judge the color on your wall to quickly. I've painted rooms and HATED them the first couple days...then totally fall in love with them once the room is completely done!

Happy To Be said...

Hey girl at first I thought you were talking about the scary movie..love the plate and to have the history with it just great..have a great weekend and thanks for the PINK Saturday...hugs and smiles Gloria

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

What an interesting story....I hope you find many more to add to your collection....
Mo :-)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Finding that plate was truly serendipity. The plate is lovely, and so special now that you know the history.

You're Invited to A Christmas Fair in Blogland on November 21st. Stop by and read all about it.

Happy Pink Saturday,

Karen

Bo said...

Hi Rhonda...Oh now I'm going to want to start a new collection of hotel dishes...especially if they're that pretty. Love the story you told about your DH & grandpa Coot...LOL ;-) Bo

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

love it when things happen like that! Neat looking plate!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Such a treasure!! I wish I had more room for everything I would love to collect!!

justabeachkat said...

Granpa Coot? Love that name!

Love the plate too. I hope the wallpaper take-down is going well.

Hugs!
Kat

Joy said...

What a nice surprise!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

That really was a nice surprise for you. I also love hotel silver and china but like you I only have a few pieces of silver. Happy Pink Saturday. Two Springs ago we stayed at Caswell Beach to attend a wedding and drove to Wilmington one day. Beautiful place.

CC said...

What a lovely treasure..and a great surprise. Happy Pink Saturday..

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Love the plate - what a fun surprise.

erin said...

That is one really cool plate! Now I think you need to acquire a few more. I have toyed with the idea of collecting souvenir demitasse cups from different states and landmarks. I have several but unfortunately really no place to put them. Sigh. It was such a great idea!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Nancy said...

Hi Rhonda, I have to tell you I love those donuts! That's a great plate and Wow, what history behind it! Hope you have a great Sunday! Nancy

Nicole said...

Hi Rhondoa, I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your post over at Just Another Day in Paridise. I love your plate also!

Lochlanina said...

Can you imagine collecting plates from moderns hotels? "... and this paper plate is from the Best Western, notice how it's thinner than the paper plate used by the Omni?"

Happy Pink Saturday.

Lochlanina said...

Can you imagine collecting plates from moderns hotels? "... and this paper plate is from the Best Western, notice how it's thinner than the paper plate used by the Omni?"

Happy Pink Saturday.

Lochlanina said...

oops.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow Hotel Cape Fear. . . no wonder it was torn down. I mean, would you really want to stay in a hotel named Cape Fear. I would think it would be wonderful for an Alfred Hitchcock movie, however LOL!!

Blessings,

Sher

KatCollects said...

What a great unexpected treasure! Happy Pink Saturday.
Kathy

imjacobsmom said...

I thought that was a scary movie - then I read on down the line and it sounds like a lovely place. What a great extra! The color is so rich. What a great start for a collection. Happy Pink Saturday - a tiny bit late - I don't know about yours but my internet was having issues this afternoon. ~ Robyn

ksarra said...

Isn't it great when we buy something and get a little lagnaippe? Love the dishes!

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Rhonda,
Had a blast on our trip to the mountains and guess what I was looking for in each little antique/junk/thrift store we stopped at? Yup, you got it, hotel china! *smiles* Didn't find any, didn't expect to but I did find some treasures. Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Kitty Scraps said...

Hey Miz Rhonda,
If you get a chance stop by my blog cause I passed an award along to you!

Kristen said...

What a great find and an interesting thing to collect.
Glad to hear you are not under the wallpaper anymore!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Rhonda.

Your plate seemed to be destined to come to you and your family. I love that your husband has this memory to go with the hotel.

bj said...

oooo, I love this plate. How lucky you are to have found it in your auction lot. Wow...
I, too, have wanted to collect hotel china AND hotel silverware. Would just love it. But..I don't have any places left in my entire house to try to show these things...and I am not one to collect and then put it in a drawer or a closet! Gotta show it...Gosh, I am getting all excited about it again..let's go look on Ebay !!!!!:O)
love, bj
Oh, and I grew up totally in love with Mr. Mitchum !!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

What an interesting plate! Looking forward to how your bedroom turns out!