reply to post by solargeddon
That Blue Willow pattern china used to be used as ballast on ships. It was very cheap.
I imagine lots of folks owned it, and when it broke, they tossed the bits out into the yard.
Also, it is likely that pieces that were broken en route, were probably tossed out in all kinds of places.
Maybe vases and bowls were used as plant pottery. When they broke, they ended up in the yard.
Ironically enough, some Blue Willow, the darker blue lightweight serving plates ,etc. are now quite