Thursday, 7 January 2016

New brass plates for my prop collection.

New year brings new collection of brass plates to my ever increasing prop collection.  I love the look and feel of authentic silverware, brassware and copper ware. The tarnished look of the silver, the dulled copper and unpolished brass is what I love. When I handle these I start to day dream of who may have owned them where or what country they have come from and the history behind them.It just makes them that little bit more special.

This year my family and friends have gifted me some lovely authentic copper and brass plates.  I am guessing most of these are sourced from someone's grandma, ebay or charity shops. They range in different sizes and I am seriously in prop heaven at the moment because I love them all. I could not wish for nicer presents.


This plate is really pretty with a scalloped edge. I believe its Indian Origin judging from the motif 
in the centre.


These two oval plates are beautifully etched with intricate patterns. The top one seems to have some sort of animal design whilst the lower one is more floral .They are quite small  
in size but still gorgeous.

 This plate with the leaf design is about 12 cm in diameter and has a lovely scalloped edge.I love the scalloping and its one of my favorites.

The round plate above is the largest with a diameter of 24 cm, it has a few blue spots on it so I am not sure if I should try and clean them or leave them to give it the aged look.




The above two plate are from Jordan. They are unusual in that they are metal but are actually really deep brown in colour and almost look like wood. Both have some geometric pattern on they which makes them really eye catching.

These two small beauties are actually shallow bowls rather than plates. They are only 9 cm in diameter and they compliment the plates beautifully. The one on the right has a love red etching in it. I am not too sure if this is wear on the plate but whatever the reason it makes it very pretty. and the one on the right is just plain gold

I am so excited to feature all these plates in some of my blog posts. This year I am going to work on better styling and food photography so I am excited to use them in some authentic recipe posts.

Here is one example of where I used them.



If you have any ideas or suggestions of where these may have originated from do share with me, I would love to learn more about  their whereabouts and history.

47 comments:

  1. Great post! I've recently invested in some new plates to use in my food photography too. Money well spent! I love these plates. I think fruit would look great in them.

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    1. Thanks Kacie, I shall try that idea, will feature the post once I have thought of a fruity idea,

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  2. Haha, this made me laugh Nayna. You are always in food prop heaven ;) Seriously, these plates are just gorgeous, no wonder you were so pleased. And I really like your food styling. I'd be chuffed if mine were half so good.

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    1. Yes I know Choclette, you are absolutely right I get so excited when I get new props.

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  3. These brass plates are absolutely stunning! They really do look great in photos x

    Ami | perksofbeingami

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  4. Gorgeous plates I love the embossing. I am no expert but it appears to date back from indo culture as you said above. The brass finish reminded me of the stone age but as you said it contains an Indian motif and therefore quite clearly orginates from here.

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    1. Embossing does add authencity to the plates, you are right they do appear to have an Indian look about them.

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  5. Oh I love this post!

    I adore sourcing unusual things from charity shops for photo props and these plates are beauties.

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    1. They are a really nice addition I love them.

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  6. Gorgeous plates, what a collection. Love the patina on some of these. Gorgeous for props!

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    1. The patterns are really authentic, love them too.

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  7. Oh these are amazing. Where do you store all your props? Also how do you get the back backgrounds?

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    1. Jen I have two side boards bursting to the brim!!! The background is black cloth.

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  8. These are lovely but I wish you hadn't put your example photo up it has made me hungry :)

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    1. Lol when I started to read the comment at first I thought you didn't like the post. Thanks the panchmel dal recipe is on the blog so you can recreate it.

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  9. How beautiful! The plates are a stunning addition. I can't wait to see how you use them in your photos.

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  10. These plates are gorgeous and I love the history that must be behind them. I feel the same way about books. I love finding books with handwritten messages in the covers and wondering who these peopke were and how their book got to me. Obe of my most treasured possesions is a very battered copy of Little Women (my favourite book) with the inscription "to my sister Anne. Merry Christmas 1947, love Daisy" I love it because Anne and Daisy were my great aunts.

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  11. The detailing on these plates is just beautiful and such a lovely thing to collect too x

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

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  12. What interesting plates and dishes. I can see how they could help with food styling.Very detailed and intricate.

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  13. Oh wow this takes me right back to my childhood, my gran used to collect brass plates and also horse shoes they decorated her mantle piece

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  14. wow what a collection - I am jealous! I love props too. R

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  15. I love your props and these are an amazing addition to your collection!

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  16. These really are beautiful. The two from Jordan are my favourites - but I'm sorry, I'm afraid I'm no expert when it comes to idenifying the origin of some others! They look great underneath your tasty dish, too.

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  17. Nice finds! The flower edge shape ones are quite unusual, I have several that are round or oval but not sure I've ever seen the flowery ones before.
    Janie x

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  18. What gorgeous plates, the are all amazing, but I love the first one. I love things with a history too them, it makes them all the more special.

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  19. These are so pretty the shapes and designs are stunning such wonderful gifts :)

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  20. Nice + interesting collection. I like the pictures are taken on against black!

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  21. I absolutely love those brass plates, the patterns are just amazing x

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  22. The plates are just stunning and they absolutely add a little something special x

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  23. These plates are beautiful. I would be happy to display them in their own right but you make food look so good I'm sure they will be in constant use.

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  24. The plates are stunning - my mum has loads like this and it was always my job to clean them

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  25. Your plate collection is so beautiful. I won't want to put food on this.

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  26. STUNNING plates Nayna and so photogenic for Asian inspired recipes! Love them, and what a GREAT addition to your prop collection too, Karen

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  27. Oh wow these are so beautiful, they're going to look fantastic in your photos xxx

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  28. Wow you are on a prop roll!! They will made your photos look even lovier!

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  29. Vintage props look really good in food photography. Love the way the plates are made with so much attention to details.

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  30. Vintage props look really good in food photography. Love the way the plates are made with so much attention to details.

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  31. Oh these are all so lovely - I especially love the ones from Jordan. I have no room for props! My house is bursting as it is! Kaz x

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  32. Those are just gorgeous and I'm sure will look fabulous in your recipe photos

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  33. Those will make beautiful props for your food photography.

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  34. What a gorgeous and thoughtful gift to be given and perfect for photo props!

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  35. Nayna, how lovely! I'm sure these will make a brilliant addition to your photos and posts.

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  36. Those plates are amazing and your pictures are amazing

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  37. You have the best props! No wonder I always want to come and eat at your house :)

    Louise x

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