Vintage Shenango Red Transferware Teacup - 1930s Restaurantware - Red Floral
Made by Shenango in New Castle, Pennsylvania during the 1930's, this heavy duty red transferware cup was part of a restaurant set that could have fed and fueled just about anybody during its almost 100 years of life. That is the absolute joy of collecting vintage restaurantware - compiling all those fanciful ideas of all those possible places and all those possible people that this pretty little cup could have encountered.
Maybe it spent most of its life among the Hollywood crowd at a sunny California cafe, or on the other coast, at a posh New York city hotel where coffee fueled business deals were done. Maybe it lived in boom town Helena, Montana where the views were spectacular and the hot chocolate rich with cream. Or maybe even, it could have had a boho life, riding the rails back and forth across the country as railroads expanded in all directions across the mighty United States.
Either way you think about it, there is something magical in the fact that this petite little drinkware piece is almost one century old and still manages to charm and delight one's spirit. Even though it looks positively feminine and delicate, it was manufactured by Shenango, one of the 20th century's largest restaurantware makers. Made to be tough and to withstand all the stacking and serving and clinking and clanking that goes on in busy restaurant environments, it has retained its beauty and usefulness incredibly well over the years. At one point it would have had a saucer that accompanied it, but for now it is just a solo adventurer traveling through time on its own.
- Red floral transferware pattern
- Heavy in weight and construction
- Petite size (especially great for espresso)
- Marked with the Shenango stamp on the bottom
In lovely vintage condition. No chips or cracks.
Measures 2.25" inches (height) x 4" inches width (including handle).
Gather a batch of red mix and match transferware pieces covering a broad spectrum of time and you'll see a little collection of adventure form in your kitchen.