Vintage 1940s Commodore by Salem Relish Dishes - 23 Karat Gold - Set of Two
My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean, sends a thrilling pulse through me. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sailing into your space, here they are...a vintage pair of matching relish dishes containing a nautical theme and an aire of adventure! This sea-worthy pattern called Commodore, was made by the Salem China Company of Salem, Ohio in the 1940's. The word commodore is synonymous with sea-life professions like captain, naval officer and yacht club owner, so we like to think that this set spent time amidst a sailor's collection, perhaps at Annapolis or Boston or Savannah.
Festooned with 23 karat gold swags, bows, and filigree, these two matching dishes, in the shape of petite platters, bring some definite stories of time travels to the table. Originally intended for serving relishes, jellied salads, and similar delights, these two serving pieces are a rare component in an even rarer china pattern. Two small chips on one plate suggest a rowdy time was once had at table, or maybe even at sea. Instead of acting as a flaw or a blemish, these two time-worn marks add dignified character and visual intrigue to the overall aesthetic, nobly hinting at the lively event that forever made its mark. After all, ship stories and ocean dramas have their way of making dinnertime conversations memorable and exciting.
Quite accomodating for many uses beyond relish, these two make lovely serving dishes for appetizers, hors d'ouevres or desserts as well as helpful companions to your collection of existing vintage serving ware.
- Commodore Pattern by The Salem China Company - Salem, Ohio
- Ivory with Gold Detailing
- Stamped on bottom with maker's mark
Both dishes contain some slight staining on the back near the rim. There are no cracks or crazing marks but one dish does contain two small chips. One chip measures 1/2" inch in length, the other measures lesson 1/8" inch. There is some fading to the gold details in some areas. Please see photos.
Both dishes measure 8.5" inches (length) x 6.5" inches (width).
If you like the look of soft neutrals paired with bright whites then this is the dish for you. It looks stunning with antique ironstone, this set of gold fleur de is plates and platter, and simple shapes like this set of salt and pepper shakers.