OK - If you are into mid-century or retro, if you are into America made at its best, if you are of modern design likes...I am on my soap box. This is it!
I was taught as a young lad that American china can be easily recognized from say the English by the bone - not white background. Without revealing my age - I think of Lenox. Also my mother's Castleton. But I think of Lenox with the a wide rim trimmed in silver or gold, I don't recall Lenox in a simple coupe plate and very modern. The 1950s were the second "modern" period of design of the 20th century and we really haven't had such a movement since. Stepping back and looking at this pattern, it is stunning! Beautifully translucent, simple loop handle to the cup, a plain saucer beneath the cup - it says so much more with less. As such it fits as well with a colonial setting as with a loft.
The dinner plate is 10 1/2 inches in diameter. The edge is gold leaf. The center design of leaves with flowers uses rust to brown, but the flowers are finished with an aqua bead jewel. Little Ricky and I can testify that aqua was indeed a 1950s color! Oops - there goes my age. The five pieces per setting are the dinner, salad, bread and butter, cup and then the saucer; total of 20 pieces.
This china is mint in condition. They are my dear neighbor's wedding china for which she cared meticulously, and she seldom used them. I have four place settings available. This is a perfect opportunity to begin a retro china pattern collection that represents the best of American products and American Design at an affordable cost as it is not yet recognized as such in pricing. A chance to jump ahead of those who know so much!
I have priced the shipping for parcel post as the 20 pieces do weigh in. I have also priced the priority mail in case you need them sooner.
Oh! At last I got around to listing her crystal stems with "azure" bowls. I never discovered the maker but they are beautiful and perfect color pull to the starlight.
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