Vernonware Raffia

By Cedar | November 18, 2012

I mentioned wanting to focus on individual dish designs in blog posts and thought the best way to start it would be with the main set I collect and use, Vernonware Raffia (sometimes just called Vernon Raffia).

I initially took notice of these dishes while watching Mad Men, and had to learn more about them. I just love the elegant simplicity of the design and the gorgeous mint green color. These dishes were manufactured from 1953-1954 at Vernon Kilns in Vernon California. They are hand painted in dark greens and brown over a minty green. A little less popular, but almost identical is Vernonware Barkwood, which is pretty much the same set but in shades of brown.

I have been collecting this set for three years now. I received quite a few pieces as a Christmas gift years ago and have been slowly adding to my collection when I come across pieces on eBay or etsy (and even once at an estate sale, that was lucky!). There are so many more pieces that I have seen in photographs around the web. Some of the pieces that I would love to add to my collection include: egg cups, coffee mugs, tumblers, a water jug, a covered casserole dish, nesting mixing bowls, individual casserole dishes with handles, and a syrup jar.

Check out Betty Draper’s set in action here.

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4 Responses to “Vernonware Raffia”

  1. Ashley Says:
    November 22nd, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Late comment, but wow, what a great set! One of the things I love about mid-century stuff is the use of “brushstroke” design, like some beatnik artist came through and painted everything. I think this set falls in that category! I also love that you don’t “save it”, you use it- as it should be. :)

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  2. Jessica Cangiano Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    You have some of the most incredible mid-century dishware collections I’ve ever encountered, and I positively adore seeing them.

    ♥ Jessica

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  3. Jackie Says:
    September 1st, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I have a couple hundred pieces of Raffia. I have been collecting it for about fifteen years or so. The most amazing thing about the pattern is that all food looks completely gorgeous on it. My first pieces were two dinner plates that I found in a thrift store, ten cents each. I was hooked.

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  4. Bahiyya Says:
    September 6th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I have two Raffia Tumblers that I would like to add to your set If you are interested contact me at findunu@yahoo.com.

    Bahiyya

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