Once again... I bring out my Shenango dinnerware. I had been on a quest to date this set of dishes. And I finally found a great site that helps with that chore. The RWCN had my answer...
Practically all of this style of restaurant/cafe dishware is marked by the manufacturer. Usually on the bottom of the dish... it will show the manufacturer stamp and a number combination in order to date the dish. My pink coffee cup is marked X18. Which translates to 1960.The bread plates are Q12 and date to 1954.
Saucers are C10 and they date to 1952.
Dinner plates are F13 and that makes these from 1955.
And the pink soup cup are V16 and that would be 1958.
This one has me puzzled. It is also used on the bread plates I have... but it has no dates. It does appear that this style with the pink and gray ringed dishes were produce for nearly 20 years. I have notice the older pieces use a light gray trim. Versus the newer ones are a darker flat gray ring.
I did include my daily flatware in these photo's. It is a silver plate set called Anniversary. And I have been using it... for 20 years. I love this stuff. And it can still be bought cheap. And why use some cheap looking flatware... when I can use this!
I will admit it goes through the dishwasher. And I break down a couple times a year and clean it with polish. But that has not happen since last September. :)
And lastly.... here are my drinking glasses I use with my dinnerware. Of course these beautiful girls are from Hazel Atlas. I only have 6 of them. And I suspect they were sold with jelly in them. Which really distress my Mother that I use "old jelly glasses!!" to set a dinner table.
They are wonderful addition to a pretty table. I did grossly over paid for them. I put out $35.00 dollars for them... in probably 1995. For six old jelly glasses.
But dang it... they matched! And I have not ever seen anything like them since.
And if you are trying to ID some of your older dinnerware/cafe/heavy china dishes... be sure to check out this site. The RWCN....
Be sure to stop over at Tablescapers this weekend... and see all the pretty pictures!