Findings on the "Blue Willow" dish pattern
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The mystery of the Blue Willow dishes has been solved.
I had gathered up some dish shards a year ago, before the fence was
put around the Fort and set aside all I had picked up in a sack. I was
getting ready to turn the items over to the archeologists, so went through
everything I had and couldn't believe it. I had a blue shard china about
the size of a dollar. I cleaned it off and put it against my brand new
Blue Willow dishes and the shard design fit exactly! So we know what
Betsy Davies Williams Blue Willow dishes looked like, the traditional
Blue Willow pattern! And another strange happening, Lyman found a marble
on the southeast corner of the Fort washed out in the fields! This is
most likely the marble that Betsy's son was playing with! So we have
Betsy's dish shard, 157 years old from England, across the water, across
the plains, across Utah to Fort Harmony and one of the marbles that
led to the dishes being broken! What a story!