Rare Vintage Restaurant Ware - Essex Yacht Club Cups Made by H.F. Coors - Set of Two
Having a yacht is a reason for being more cheerful than most. Kurt Vonnegut
Here they are - sailing into the shop with their bright blue burgees and their classic nautical stripes. History comes in two stories here with this pair of vintage restaurant ware cups.
The first story is about its insignia - that bright blue burgee with the letter E flying straight out to sea. The E stands for the Essex Yacht Club located in Essex, Connecticut. Soaking up maritime life along the Connecticut River since 1933, the E.Y.C. is located just minutes from Long Island Sound - the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. It's fun to think about how many sea stories were swapped over these two cups. Hot coffee, hot tea, maybe a toddy or two... and all the maritime lore you can handle, that's the spirit of these two:)
The second story surrounding these cups is about the maker... H.F. Coors. If you are a beer aficionado, you'll recognize the Coors name. It's all in the same family. H. F, which stands for Herman Frederick, was the son of Adolph Coors who started Coors Brewing Company. The Coors family was introduced to glass manufacturing when they started making their own beer bottles in the 1880s. That of course opened the door to learning new industries which eventually led to dishware manufacture carried out by Adolph's son Herman. Herman started his dish manufacture company H.F. Coors in 1925 in California and specialized in hotel and restaurant ware. A family-run business passed through the late 1970s, H.F. Coors was purchased by Standex International in the later half of the 20th century and then by Catalina China in 2003, who continues the H. F. Coors brand from their headquarters in Tucson, AZ.
Although they bear the 1925 date, these H.F. Coors cups were most likely made in the 1930s, when the Essex Yacht Club was first founded.
Yacht club photo courtesy of marinas.com
- Rare nautical restaurant ware
- Matching set of two
- Made for the Essex Yacht Club in Essex CT
In lovely vintage condition. One cup contains no chips or cracks. One cup contains the slightest of surface chips near the burgee flag, but is barely noticeable. Please see photos. The colors are bright and crisp and the glaze is very shiny on both cups.
Both cups measure 3.75" inches (diameter) x 2.5" inches (height). One cup weighs 12 oz. and the other cup weighs 9.9 oz. and weighs 12oz.
For the love of the club, pair these cups, with another piece of vintage restaurant ware from South Africa that matches in color and purpose.