Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Collecting Restaurant Ware

Vintage restaurant ware can add an interesting look to your retro table. Popular since the 1950's, many companies produced this durable dinnerware for restaurant chains. Some of the more popular collections include Buffalo China, Syracuse China, Shenango China, Homer Laughlin, Sterling, Mayer and Iroquois. The most interesting pieces include those with colored borders. It's fun to try and gather a full place setting of any pattern.. plate, cup and saucer. There are also gravy and syrup pitchers, and pieces made for railroads, airlines, trains and institutions. These are fun, reasonably priced collectibles that can be used on a daily basis. They were made tough to withstand the constant use in diners and casual restaurants. Here's a few of the pieces that I've found:

For more info on this interesting collectible, check out these sites:

Syracuse, Shenango, Jackson, Mayer China: Collecting Restaurant, Hotel Ware

Little Spoon's Virtual Museum Of Restaurant Ware And Restaurant China

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