Vintage Dinnerware, part 2

By Cedar | November 3, 2012

In the past I have mentioned one of my greatest obsessions, vintage dishes. Since my last post on vintage dinnerware (3 years ago, dang!), I have amassed quite an eclectic collection of dishes. As you know, I started collecting and using as our main dishes the Vernon Raffia set made famous by none other than miss Betty Draper. One of these days I will photograph my collection, it really has gotten quite large.

Over the years I have thrifted other sets and grown to love and become obsessed and even start collecting other patterns. I thought I would do another small post on the dishware I am obsessing over. There are so many other beautiful prints I love, but these are at the top of my list at the moment.

Image courtesy of California Connection Dinnerware.

Franciscan Starburst, very similar to the Oasis pattern I talked about in this post. The dishes are shaped the same as the Oasis, the only difference is the art. Anyway, I am obsessed, like most fans of the 50s. I found a large serving platter some time back in the thrift store, and since then splurged on a set of 6 plates in this pattern. When I say splurged I mean it, this stuff rakes in a pretty hefty sum on eBay. I completely understand the prices though, there is something about the unusual shape of these dishes that make them so nice to eat off of. Here is one of my plates in use.

Image courtesy of California Connection Dinnerware.

I have a few pieces of this print, called Blue Heaven by Royal China. All the pieces I have were thrifted. It is fun, and very classic of the time. It is a pretty simple pattern, but I love these round patterns that sort of ‘frame’ the food. Here is one of my bowls in action.

This set available for purchases here.

Swiss Chalet, oh how I love you! This set by Marcrest is one of my absolute favorites. I have come across a few pieces in the thrifts, but I have a friend who has started collecting this print, so any of this print I pass along to her. That doesn’t stop me from using them first.

Image courtesy of California Connection Dinnerware.

Oh, if only I had unlimited amounts of money and tons of space to store entire dish sets. This Autumn set by Franciscan is so lovely, and every year around this time I daydream about pulling out these plates to serve guests on. I keep hoping I will come across some of these in the thrift store!
I plan to do some more posts in the near future about vintage dishes, but I want to know what set(s) you love, collect, or have stumbled upon?

5 Responses to “Vintage Dinnerware, part 2”

  1. Ashley Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I don’t collect sets per se, but I am OBSESSED with 1930s-1960s diner ware, such as Buffalo china, Jackson china. Any pattern or color will do – mugs, plates, cups-n-saucers, serving dishes. I’m clumsy, so this thick, heavy dinerware is the best for me. Heck, they were made to withstand clumsy busboys and waitresses and constant restaurant use!
    I have gone so far as to meet a lady in a parking lot to buy this stuff…it had the air of a drug deal. LOL! Also, when I watch old movies, I crane my neck to see what the characters are eating off of in diner scenes.
    I am also now getting obsessed with jadeite. I bought a gorgeous mixing bowl at an antique mall a few weeks ago and I’m hooked.
    ALSO, my grandmother’s good china is a set of dishes she collected as a teenager, with her mother and sister, from movie theater giveaways in the 1940s! Apparently with the purchase of a movie ticket, you got one piece of a set. Isn’t that a neat bit of history?
    Clearly, I could talk about vintage dishes all day. Great post, hope to see more!


    Cedar Reply:

    Haha, what a great story Ashley! I really need to learn a little bit more about Buffalo and Jackson china. I too am obsessed with jadeite, my mother in law has a beautiful collection that I always swoon over when we go to her house!
    Do you know the name of your grandmother’s china? I have heard of other giveaways like this. From what I understand canonsburg temporama was a giveaway at grocery stores. So fascinating!


  2. Ashley Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I don’t know the name unfortunately, but she HAS willed it to me, so I will know one day – though I hope that day is a long way off! (I’m not that ghoulish a collector.)


  3. courtney @ larking. Says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I am loving that Blue Heaven pattern! The Fats Domino version of the song by that name was what we danced to at our wedding — how fun to have dishes that made that kind of a connection, too.


  4. Bonnie Says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I had the Swiss Chalet vegetable dish, it was glorious, but I decided to sell it. Luckily my mom bought it, so I could probably sneak it back if I ever choose to. I also have the ashtrays. Ha.