Here is an Akro-Agate Play-Time glass dish set. Made before 1950, this is an original box full of jade-ite and white milkglass child size dish set. There are four tiny green tea cups, four white saucers, five green plates (we are including an EXTRA), a white teapot with lid, and a white sugar and cream set.
CONDITION: THE GLASS DISHES are all PERFECT with NO chips, flakes, cracks or other problems. They are the style with concentric rings molded around the outside. The tea pot is handsome with a deco looking molded side design. We happened to have an extra green plate left from childhood days and are including it.
THE BOX is seriously worn but is very colorful and almost certainly could be restored to better condition. Rare today, this box will do until you can find a better one - and you will have to look hard. Made of cheap pasteboard, most of these boxes are destroyed and gone. Important: All flaps are present and there are NO missing pieces! There is no staining or water damage anywhere. PLEASE LOOK CLOSELY AT OUR PICTURES: The cover has tears through it (one dead center) and on the girl's image a piece of surface paper has torn away; and there is blue crayon scribbling likely done by a child in several of the letters. On the BOTTOM BOX we've shown pictures of all four sides, all of which have been crushed down, but we were able to straighten up so they display reasonably well. Two corners are significantly damaged and there is old scotch tape on one that we left intact (SEE PHOTOS). Our LAST PHOTO shows the inside pasteboard with slots to hold the dishes. Most are creased, some have been torn apart but repaired on the underside with museum-quality non-acid clear tape that doesn't show on display.
We have seen only several sets in as-new condition and asking prices have been around $200. Finding a box in pristine condition appears to be nearly impossible, and we've priced this set accordingly.
BACKGROUND: Founded in 1910 in Akron, Ohio by George T. Rankin and Gilbert C. Marsh, Akro Agate began operations as a repackaging company, handling marbles that had been made by the Christensen & Son Co. Strong growth allowed the company to move to Clarksburg, West Virginia, where they began making their own marbles. Their company trademark and slogan were as colorful as the marbles -- A capital letter "A" was the background for a flying crow, with the bird clutching three marbles: One in its beak and one in each foot. The logo promoted the marbles: "Shoot Straight As A Kro Flies".
As time progressed into the 1930s and the Great Depression, marble sales began to decline, forcing the company to start producing other glass items. Focusing on useful household items, they also branched into children's toy dishes. the market for which was booming in the post-World War II years. Modern technology and the widespread use of plastic for children's toys foresaw financial problems for Akro Agate, which eventually could not absorb increased production costs necessary to compete, and closed in 1951.
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