Vintage Shenango Restaurant Ware Creamer with Black and White Floral Swags and Dots circa 1930s-1948
Among all the appointments that give artistic attraction to any dining room, no detail is more closely associated with the actual enjoyment of good food than the dinner service. (From a 1920s Shenango China Company brochure)
Made by Shenango China in New Castle, PA between the 1930s-1940s, this vintage restaurant ware creamer features a black and white color palette with floral swags and dots. While this pattern is hard to find among vintage restaurant ware nowadays, we do know that it did come in other color variations including blue, red, and green.
The red version was the favored shade for Pierre's in New York, a continental restaurant whose house specialty was Lobster Bisque from the 1920s -1950s. The green version was found at The Green Lantern Inn, a boarding house, tavern, special events venue and restaurant in Fairport NY that operated between 1925-2014. Regretfully, there is no available information as to where this black-and-white version would have been in service, but not knowing gives it an extra dose of daydreaminess as to all the possibilities of where it could have wound up.
That's the fun thing about collecting vintage restaurant ware. As the jet-setters of the dishware world, they could be found in all the fun hotspots around the country from hotels to hospitality venues, cafeterias to cafes, dining rooms to dance halls. More often than not, where there was restaurant ware that was conviviality in the air (and at the table).
- Hard to find pattern
- Stamped on bottom with maker's mark
In absolutely beautiful condition. There are no chips cracks or staining. The glaze is very shiny and clean inside and out.
Measures 2.75" inches (height) x 3" inches (width at widest part) x 3.5" inches length (spout to handle) and weighs 8 oz.