Vintage 1940s Floral Filigree Platter by Sheffield USA circa 1949
Sheffield is the name of many things. It's a city in South Yorkshire, England. A town in Iowa and a pottery in Massachusetts. This platter hails from the New England pottery first started by the husband and wife team, Joseph and Marie Cowen in 1946.
Just after they were married, Joseph and Marie bought a farm in Sheffield, MA with the intention of growing vegetables and raising animals. Upon discovery of a clay pit on their property they tinkered around with creating their own dishware and found such a love for it that they stopped farming altogether. Trading cows for kilns, they set up shop and began selling their dishware to their local community. A 1949 feature in Redbook magazine helped draw attention nationwide to the beautiful pieces the Cowens were making. As they say, the rest is history.
Still in business today, the pottery is operated by Marie and Joseph's son, John, and his wife. They no longer produce dishware but instead sell the local Sheffield clay and tools to other dish designers.
A community story for a community platter!
This platter was made in the Marie and Joseph days debuting in the late 1940s. It features a beautiful pastel floral bouquet in the center with lacy gold filigree around the edges. Here in the Vintage Kitchen we always love gold filigree dishware for use with specialty baked goods like macaroons, petite fours, and lemon squares since they offer an extra dose of pretty presentation.
- Colors include lemon, light pink, blueberry, cinnamon, celery, evergreen, grape and plum
- Petite size perfect for intimate soirees
- Unmarked on back
In lovely vintage condition. There are no chips or cracks. The gold filigree has some light rubbing around the edge of the platter.
Measures 11.5" inches (length) x 8.25" inches (width) and weighs 1.9 lbs
This platter looks especially pretty with this vintage 1940s Godey's Fashions chop plate thanks to their similar color palatettes and dainty designs.