Thursday, August 14, 2008

Restaurant Ware

I've only recently discovered restaurant ware, and I'm far from an expert on it, but I could easily see starting a collection. One of the hallmarks of restaurant ware is it's sturdiness. These dishes were designed to stand up to the harsh conditions of commercial kitchens and dining rooms, and they have a nice, thick heft to them. Many pieces are inexpensive to collect and they come in a variety of patterns.

I love looking at all of the old logos of places that are long gone (and some that are still around) and wondering about the meals that were served on them and the diners who ate off of them.

Library Fashionista has a nice collection of logos:



Prima Seadiva has been collecting restaurant ware for over 20 years, and has quite the collection. Her collection includes some fabulous logo plates:


As well as some interesting pink and white motifs:

PSchickencup PSeggcup

Here are some great pairings. The one on the left and top right are from Suzy Sputnik. Lower right is from Prima Seadiva.

ss2 SS1ps3

For more inspiration, check out the Flickr Restaurant Ware group.

To learn more about restaurant ware, the Restaurant Ware Collectors Network is chock-full of information with active forums and a pattern ID guide.

And if you're ready to start (or add on to) your own collection, here are a few pieces I found on Etsy:

syracusepink syracuseplatter

earlygirletsy PMetsy

Top Row L: Syracuse dinner plate from Passion for Vintage; R: Syracuse platter from geopillow

Lower Row L: Pyrex teacups from earlygirl; R: Homer Laughlin plates from Peacock Modern (me!)

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