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Quiz: Name That China Pattern!

Updated on October 16, 2014

Can You Name that China Pattern?

How well do you know your China patterns? Can you tell a Lenox plate from a Mikasa bowl? Yeah? Well, good for you! Maybe that expertise will help you name that China pattern in my just-for-fun quiz. At the very least, you'll rack up some Squid points!

The name of a China pattern is a distinct name assigned by the manufacturer given to identify the pattern or design on the dishes. It's like when they name wigs or shoes names like Heather, Brenda, or Carol.

Examples of China pattern names are Argyle, Petit Point, and Hunting Scene. The manufacturers or makers are Homer Laughlin, Vernon Kilns, Crown Staffordshire, and Royal Albert to name just a few.

This quiz features a random selection of my vintage plates. I use all mismatched plates and bowls to eat from every day. I find them at thrift stores mostly and love them all. My every-day dishes are also my good dishes. Some of my good dishes even have chips, and I don't care.

Photo of a few of my pretty plates all on a wall. All photos of individual plates in this article are mine (that is, they're my plates and I took the photos).

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

China Patterns - Study these plates. There will be a quiz.

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This is the plate that goes with the first quiz question.The second quiz question refers to this China pattern.Questions No. 3 -- can you name this China pattern?
This is the plate that goes with the first quiz question.
This is the plate that goes with the first quiz question.
The second quiz question refers to this China pattern.
The second quiz question refers to this China pattern.
Questions No. 3 -- can you name this China pattern?
Questions No. 3 -- can you name this China pattern?

Learn to Identify China Patterns - with books from Amazon

These reference books will help you determine China patterns of dishes as well as learn their value.

Dessert Plate China Patterns - These little plates are delightful, but would look oh so much better with a piece of cake on top. Don't you think?

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This lovely dessert plate hangs on my wall. It is the first quiz question.Question No. 2 -- name this lovely China pattern.An unusual octagon shaped dessert plate.Lovely yellow, green, and brown China pattern. Wonder what its name is?
This lovely dessert plate hangs on my wall. It is the first quiz question.
This lovely dessert plate hangs on my wall. It is the first quiz question.
Question No. 2 -- name this lovely China pattern.
Question No. 2 -- name this lovely China pattern.
An unusual octagon shaped dessert plate.
An unusual octagon shaped dessert plate.
Lovely yellow, green, and brown China pattern. Wonder what its name is?
Lovely yellow, green, and brown China pattern. Wonder what its name is?

Name That China Pattern

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Vintage China Designs - The final quiz. Click a small image to enlarge. Study hard!

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This blue plate has a distinct name. This plate corresponds with quiz question No. 1 below.Can you identify this dessert plate's name?This vintage China platter is lovely. But then, I love plaid!
This blue plate has a distinct name. This plate corresponds with quiz question No. 1 below.
This blue plate has a distinct name. This plate corresponds with quiz question No. 1 below.
Can you identify this dessert plate's name?
Can you identify this dessert plate's name?
This vintage China platter is lovely. But then, I love plaid!
This vintage China platter is lovely. But then, I love plaid!

China Patterns

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China Patterns For Your Very Own - Start a China Collection for Baby

These adorable Bunnykins baby dinnerware China pieces make wonderful gifts and keepsakes for that special tyke in your life.

Did you take the quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? Sure you did.

Okay, the tests are all done. - How did you do?

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      4 years ago

      This was fun and I even got a few correct.

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      SamanthaHaupt 

      5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens - very unique! I actually did surprisingly well on the quizzes... Who would have guessed? Thanks for sharing!

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      Andrew4M 

      5 years ago

      Wow, nice one

    • chrisilouwho profile image

      chrisilouwho 

      5 years ago

      gorgeous photos, thanks!

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      What a fun quiz, love china and all the wonderful patterns

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      NoobWriter LM 

      5 years ago

      Great Lens

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      TColling 

      6 years ago

      Vernon Kilns Pottery and Dinnerware is a collecting passion for my wife and me. We have created a lens for it here on Squidoo and we have a website devoted to it at http://www.Vernonware.com

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      What a unique quiz! This was fun and I did ok! :D

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      Inkhand 

      6 years ago

      China patterns are so fascinating, a fun lens.

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      I must have eaten more desserts than anything else. Some of those dishes are familiar and I did better on that quiz. There are some lovely dishes pictured here.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Fun China Quizzes. I do love beautiful china.

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I need to study more china patterns - best was 75%.

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      OrganicMom247 

      7 years ago

      Lovely lens. Am a big fun of china and i did pretty well on the quizzes. Keep up the good work.

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      AlleyCatLane 

      7 years ago

      Did fairly well, but not great for someone who has sold china for years.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      lol, clearly I am not very good at guessing :) I only got 3 right.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      8 out of 10 better than I thought. A lot were educated guesses.

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      Interesting lens. I did horribly!

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Ugh! I only got 48%, but I love that you use mix matched dinnerware. Me too! haha

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: Nice! I love finding a new plate or dish to add to my mismatched collection!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I aced the names on the small plates but not so good on the other 2 quizzes. It gave me a hankering to go wandering around a flea market. It's been ages since I've had that pleasure.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Frischy: Thanks for taking the quiz!

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      Frischy 

      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I did poorly, but it was still fun. I enjoyed seeing all the pretty plates. I recognized a few of them, but did not know their names.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @franstan lm: Thanks, Fran! I know, it's hard to guess the China names!

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      franstan lm 

      7 years ago

      I had fun with this quiz - didn't do very well though

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Diane Cass: I was hoping you'd take this quiz, Diane! I had fun making it. Some of the names they assign are hilarious, I think!

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      Diane Cass 

      7 years ago from New York

      That was a fun quiz. I didn't do too badly, considering I was mostly guessing, and a few educated guesses. I love old china and have quite a collection myself...mostly inherited pieces. They are my treasures.

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