First offered nearly 200 years ago by a famous English maker of fine china, Blue Willow is still the most popular pattern to ever appear on dinnerware.
The popularity of the pattern has not faded with time or lifestyle changes as fashions and fads usually do. Blue Willow is as collectable today as ever and is still predominantly made in England.
The legend goes that once there lived a wealthy Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter named Hong Shee who fell in love with her fathers secretary, a gentleman named Chang. To keep the lovers apart, the father imprisoned his daughter in the palace. One day she was finally able to escape and meet her lover. The two happy lovers raced over the bridge to a waiting boat. They managed somehow to elude the Mandarin, reach the boat and sail away.
As they sailed, a storm came along, the boat foundered, and the couple were lost at sea.
It is said that two lovebirds appeared immediately thereafter, the spirits of Hong Shee and Chang, and live on to this day.