On the Table
I’ve heard that some folks who collect plates like to hang them on the wall. To me, this is like collecting motorcycles in your bathroom. It just isn’t, in my humble opinion, where they belong.
I use my plates on my table—for food! And if I don’t have a full set of a particular pattern, I don’t particularly care. I just mix and match. As with any sort of collecting, I believe it should be first and foremost, fun.
The beautiful plate with the mobile pattern is aptly named Mobile. From Knowles (K 5069) and made in U.S.A. It’s almost 11 inches across at its widest (it's artfully not perfectly round). The light blue plate is Ballerina Mist. It says underneath: Universal, Oven-Proof, Union Made in U.S.A. It’s 10 inches in diameter.
I really like the distinctive red-orange and white Tricorne by Salem, on which is perched the matching cup, which is labeled Streamline by Salem. The plate is about 9 inches across at the widest point.
The cheery glass multi-color cake plate has no markings.
The crescent-and-star-pattern plate is made of plastic and is from Spaulding Ware Chicago. It’s 9 inches across. I have never found more than two of these together and every time I see another example of this plate the pattern on it is somehow different.
The Ihop plate from The International House of Pancakes (Homer Laughlin Best China U.S.A.) is 7-1/4 inches in diameter. And below is another version of the crescent-and-stars Spaulding Ware Chicago plate. Not only is the art a little different on this one, the plate is a little bigger too, at 9-3/4 inches across.
The little number with the coffee pot and spoon is a charming 7 or 8 inch plate from Brock of California.
The abstract plate in the nice greens and blues is a mid-century modern 9-5/8 inch plastic plate marked on the back with only this: 303, a small ‘3’ under that, and Los Angeles, Calif.
The translucent and semi-transparent milky white plate is a delight to look at. It's about 8 inches and unmarked.
The cocktail napkins sport a crescent-and-stars pattern. Obviously, I like this crescent and stars thing!
While the design is, to me, just a little bit stiff, I do still like the 7-1/4 inch plate with the 4-pointed stars in browns and blue. It says “Trend Syracuse..China 97-J U.S.A.”
The 6-3/8 inch Sears Restaurants plate says on the back: Shenango China, New Castle, PA. U.S.A.
Now when I am not fawning over stars and crescents, I tend to get silly over asterisks, as seen on the turquoise, gold, and black asterisk figures (stars) that adorn two of the last plates shown here. The large one says Salem Ovenproof 61 U on the back and is 10 inches, the small one is 6-1/4 inches and is unmarked.
And another, different asterisk/star plate is here seen with pink, brown, and blue figures. It’s 6-1/4 inches and is unmarked.
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