Vintage dinnerware patterns include Ballerina, Blue Staffordshire and Royal Bayreuth Jack Horner pattern, as noted on the LaurelLeafFarm.com website. There are dozens of different patterns that are either popular for collecting or passed down through families. Many of the patterns are kept in circulation today by families passing the dinnerware down and needing replacement pieces.
Ballerina was a pattern available during the height of the dinnerware usage between 1930 and 1970. The most commonly seen piece is a universal 11.5-inch plate. It is white with an iris painted on one side of the plate. It has tab handles for ease of serving. This type of plate may have been sold in grocery stores or dime stores. These less-expensive pieces were used for everyday dinners, and lower income families may have used them for special occasions.
The Blue Staffordshire may be one of most recognizable and collectible patterns and colors of dinnerware. The pattern started out being made in Staffordshire England, earning the pattern part of its name. The original plates were printed on ironstone, which is very durable.
The Jack Horner feeding plate by Royal Bayreuth is harder to find. The company made an entire series of children's dishes with nursery rhymes as themes. These were made to make feeding time more fun for the kids. These plates are usually over 100 years old, making them very valuable.