Philadelphia used to be a city of clubs. Anyone of any social importance was expected to belong to a number of social and athletic clubs which dotted the city center and the outlying suburban areas.
The Vesper Club was founded in 1901 to get around the city's draconian blue laws which prevented the serving or selling of alcohol on Sundays and holidays. I believe it moved to its present location in 1941 and I am certain that the following dates from right around 1940, based on the design and backstamps.
It's a restaurant ware soup bowl in off-white vitreous porcelain by Sterling China of Ohio. You can just imagine this being used to serve snapper soup to the club's members right around the time of the Second World War.
Sterling made good to excellent heavy-duty institutional ware, so they made as a supplier for something like this. The bowl is transfer-decorated with the Vesper Club crest in three colors. The arms are quartered, consisting of pair of hands shaking, a lobster, crossed fork and knife and a cocktail glass. The rim is decorated with an elegant and elaborate Art Deco border.
The bowl is x" in diameter and 1.5" tall.
Condition: moderate to normal wear from use, consisting of small utensil marks in the interior, which can been seen under close inspection.
Mark: printed Sterling China backstamp on the reverse.
We have three; price is per bowl.
Item ID: 3710