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Spode Christmas Tree China

Updated on December 26, 2013

Collectible Spode Christmas Dinnerware

Spode is well-known for fine china, and their Christmas tree dinnerware is a favorite every holiday season. In 2008, the company marked the 70th anniversary of the popular Spode Christmas china with a Christmas design featuring roses and mistletoe. If you're looking to add a festive touch to your holiday dinner table or want to add to an existing Spode collection, here are some places to get started.

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History of the Spode Christmas Tree Pattern

Spode's original Christmas tree design was created in 1938 by Harold Holdway, a Spode designer who was tasked with coming up with the new design. Unfortunately, Holdway had never actually seen a Christmas tree, according to a press release on the Spode website. The company says Holdway originally designed a tree with gifts hanging from the branches, but had to revise his work when he was told presents went under the tree. That's also how the Spode tree was topped with a Santa instead of a more traditional star or angel.

2013 Spode Christmas Plate - The latest collectible Spode plate

Each year, Spode releases a new collectible plate design. Here's the newest one!

Spode Christmas Tree Annual 2013 Collector Plate
Spode Christmas Tree Annual 2013 Collector Plate

Amazon description: Spode Christmas Tree has graced table's all over the world since 1938. The pattern has become a family tradition and feature's a traditional christmas tree design. Each year this beautifully classic pattern heralds the beginning of a season of family and friends gathering, and seasonal entertaining. This is Spode Christmas Tree's annual plate for 2011. Plate is 8" in diameter.

 

Spode Christmas Tree Dinnerware - A starter set for the holidays!

This set will make any holiday table look festive! Get started with your own Spode collection with this dinnerware collection.

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4
Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

This Spode set is sure to add a festive touch to any holiday gathering. Decorated with the famous original Spode tree, these dishes are microwave and dishwasher safe, which makes meal preparation and clean-up easy. The set comes with four each of 10-inch dinner plates, 8-inch salad plates and 9-oz. mugs.

 

Spode Christmas Platter - Serve in style!

If you already have Spode plates for your holiday table, you can add to your collection with platters like the one shown here.

Spode Christmas Tree Rectangular Platter
Spode Christmas Tree Rectangular Platter

You'll be able to serve a lot of turkey on this platter! Made of high-quality earthenware, the 17 1/2-inch platter is both dishwasher- and microwave-safe and features the famous tree design.

 

Spode 3-Piece Christmas Hostess Set - Butter tray and shakers

This set includes a beautiful set of salt and pepper shakers paired with a butter dish.

Spode Christmas Tree 3-Piece Hostess Set
Spode Christmas Tree 3-Piece Hostess Set

Complete your dinner service with this three-piece hostess set featuring salt and pepper shakers and a butter tray.

 

Christmas Tree Wine Goblets - Beautiful glassware for your holiday table

You'll be able to enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner from these lovely Spode goblets.

Spode Christmas Tree Wine Goblets with Gold Rims, Set of 4
Spode Christmas Tree Wine Goblets with Gold Rims, Set of 4

Why drink from plain glasses when you can get these beautiful gold-trimmed goblets to complement your Spode Christmas dinnerware, serveware and accessories? The set includes four 12-ounce glass goblets that measure 7 1/4 inch tall each.

 

Oval Christmas Dish - Perfect for serving!

No matter what you make for your holiday dinner, this Christmas dish will be perfect for serving.

Spode Christmas Tree Oval Rim Dish
Spode Christmas Tree Oval Rim Dish

Your mashed potatoes or bread rolls will be served in style with this dish. The earthenware dish, which measures 12 1/2 by 8 3/4-inches is safe for the microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven.

 

Spode Disney Christmas Tree Octagonal Buffet Plate - 1983 Spode Disney plate is a collector's item

Do you enjoy collecting Spode plates? Here's a favorite one featuring Disney characters along with the famous Spode tree.

Spode Disney Christmas Tree 9-Inch Fluted Octagonal Buffet Plate
Spode Disney Christmas Tree 9-Inch Fluted Octagonal Buffet Plate

This delightful dinnerware features the vintage Christmas tree that Spode designer Harold Holdway created in 1938 for the company's now classic Christmas Tree pattern. Laden with colorful ornaments and topped with a jolly figure of St. Nick, the evergreen image has become an icon of holiday perfection. This merry Disney version of the tableware also includes legendary Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Pluto, who are gathered in front of the tree for a rousing round of carols. The characters are reproduced from a rare edition of 1931 Christmas cards created by Walt Disney and elevate the joyful mood at any Christmas celebration.

This 9-inch buffet plate is sized to hold an assortment of little hors d'oeuvres, antipasto, or cookies at a holiday party. The Disney motif continues around the rim of the plate with images of caroling Mickey, Minnie, and Donald and wrapped gifts interspersed on top of a garland of holiday greens. The plate's octagonal shape and fluted edges add some decorative flair for holiday entertaining and a vivid green stripe along the rim presents a cheery finish. Made of Imperialware, a durable glazed earthenware produced from Spode's proprietary formula, this plate is microwave- and dishwasher-safe and should endure through generations of Christmas meals. The plate can be used to accent Spode's nostalgic Christmas Tree dinnerware and serving pieces or can be paired with other pieces in the Disney Christmas Tree collection. --Cristina Vaamonde

 

Spode Christmas Tree Snow Globes - Another collectible holiday decoration from Spode

In addition to creating wonderful holiday dinnerware for each new Christmas season, Spode also releases a beautiful snow globe. These globes will add a touch of fun to any holiday decor!

Christmas Tree Salt and Pepper Shakers

For a more festive salt and pepper shaker set, check out these tree-shaped shakers that feature Santa on top.

Spode Christmas Bell - The annual collectible Christmas bell ornament

Do you collect Spode bells? Check out the newest one below.

Spode Christmas Tree Bell
Spode Christmas Tree Bell

Amazon description: Each year this beautifully classic pattern heralds the beginning of a season of family and friends gathering, and seasonal entertaining. Ring in this holiday and many more with this lovely table bell.

 

More Spode Christmas! - Find collectible pieces on eBay.

If you're looking for older collectible Spode china pieces, try eBay for great prices and selection. No matter what year you're looking for, someone on eBay is bound to have the piece you need for your collection.

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      Phoebs78 3 years ago

      I am not a collector, but I enjoyed reading and looking through your lens- put me in the holiday spirit!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't collect Spode but do enjoy window shopping1

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      APackageAtTheDoor 6 years ago

      Spode Christmas Tree is our Christmas china pattern and we love it! In addition to our place settings we have a cookie jar, creamer and sugar, ornaments and a few other pieces that have been gifts. I was fascinated to read the history of this pattern. Thanks for the great lens!

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      trezpazz 7 years ago

      Fine selections..kudos.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      You brought together a fine collections of Spode Christmas Tree designs. Featured & lensrolled to my lens on 2010 Christmas Plates. Hope to send some shoppers your way!

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      wasatchmax 7 years ago

      Great selection of Spode Christmas Tree you have here! I just love this pattern. Thanks for putting together such a great page!

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      JennyLeeWatson 7 years ago

      My mother gave a set of Spode Christmas tree dessert plates as a wedding gift to a cousin and his wife over 20 years ago.

      They still talk about it how perfect it was, since they married in October and had little in the way of Christmas decorations that first year. Since then their family has grown, as well as their Spode collection, but they still remember my Mom as starting the tradition!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Angel Blessings and Happy New Year!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      My aunt has a huge set of Spode Christmas tableware. It's so pretty. Nice lens!

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining the group for A Day of Hope!

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      michelledurakis 9 years ago

      some really cute stuff . I Really liked it.Thanks for joing the christmas spot.