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Porcelain & Pottery

Loubat espresso cup & saucer

Here’s a vintage, albeit kitchy, little espresso cup and saucer that will tickle your fancy! The figure, which appears on both the cup and the saucer, is a devilish character dancing over a flame with a sword strapped to his side and wearing tights (?), a collared cape, and a pixie hat with a tall feather! Ahem! He’s a rusty red color, as are the bands around the saucer’s rim (4-5/8" diameter), the cup’s base (2-1/8" diameter), and both the inside and outside of the cup’s rim (2" diameter). The cup stands 4-7/8" high by itself and 5-1/2" when in its saucer. Both pieces are in pristine condition: no chips, scratches, cracks, crazing, or discoloration. The underside of the saucer has three little manufacturer’s blemishes. The bottoms of both pieces are marked “Loubat; New Orleans, LA; Carr China Co.; Design Patent Pending”. Wonder if they ever got the patent? There is a Loubat Equipment Co., originally called Loubat Glassware & Cork Co., established by Hillaire Loubat in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1875, and there used to be a Carr China Co. in Grafton, WV, but whether either of these two companies had anything to do with this espresso set is anyone’s guess. I’ve heard that a restaurant in New Orleans by the name of Brennan’s served a drink called Café Brulot in these cups and called the figure “El Diablo”. Works for me! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance

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Majolica oyster plate

This beautiful little 2-handled individual St. Clement oyster plate (six wells) is done in gorgeous shades of honey and brown by the well-reputed Saint Clement Majolica manufacturer in Eastern France. It is 6-1/2" in diameter and incised with the St. Clement mark on the bottom, as well as bearing the number 1801. Perfect condition: no chips, cracks, or crazing. There is one tiny manufacturer’s blemish at the base of one of the handles. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $75.00 + s/h and insurance


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Marcrest lidded Dutch oven

This fine old Marcrest Dutch oven (also called a large covered casserole) is the popular deep brown high-gloss Dot and Daisy pattern. The bowl is 4" tall, 7" in diameter at its base, and 9-3/4" in diameter at its top. With lid, the whole piece is 7" tall. The bottom carries the Marcrest ribbon with “Marcrest Oven Proof Stoneware” inside and “U.S.A” below. I’ve read that the Marcrest line was created in the 1950's as a premium booster for many grocery stores. Gee! Wonder how much our moms and grandmas paid for these pieces way back then? A lot of people believe these pieces were made by Hull, but according to Harvey Duke's Official Price Guide to Pottery and Porcelain, the brown line was made by Western Stoneware for the Marshall Burns company in Chicago. Hull made the pastel lines. This Dutch oven is in perfect condition and looks like it was never used for anything other than display. There are no chips, cracks, or crazing. The bowl rim and the underside rim of the lid are both unglazed. The unglazed bowl rim has discolored with age so thoroughly and so evenly that it’s difficult to tell from color alone where the glazed and unglazed portions meet. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance


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Set of 5 Marcrest Swiss Alpine Chalet dinner plates

This is a set of five 9-7/8" diameter white dinner plates with an attractive circular pattern of flowers and leaves. Colors are dark blue, light blue, and sage green, with a light blue border at the plate rim. Backs are marked with a stylized Thunderbird and say “Hand Decorated, Made in America, Oven Proof, Detergent Proof, Underglazed.”

In researching these plates, things got really confusing really fast! The pattern name is “Swiss Chalet” a/k/a “Swiss Alpine Chalet” a/k/a “Cozette Swiss Chalet.” And that’s just for starters! Next we come to the question of who produced them. They usually show up as Marcrest, but Marcrest seems to have been a distribution company at best, and maybe just a brand name of pottery produced by a variety of pottery companies including Hull and Stetson. One web site goes so far as to say that Marcrest is the oxymoron of pottery and good luck trying to figure out who made what and when was it made! Oh joy!

The Kovels say that the Thunderbird mark “was used on dinnerware made by the Stetson China Co. (c.1919-1965). Stetson’s dinnerware was sold under the name of Marcrest in the 1950s and 1960s. The phrase ‘detergent proof’ was not used as part of the mark until around 1944. Marcrest dishes were distributed by the Marshall Burns Co. of Chicago. Marshall Burns contracted with many different pottery companies to create pieces that were used as premium items for service stations, grocery stores, and movie theaters in the 1950s.”

Moving right along, Stetson China Co. a/k/a Stetson Pottery Co was founded in 1919 by Louis Stetson, a Polish immigrant. The company was located in Lincoln, IL and was a decorating company, not an actual pottery. Apparently Stetson bought whiteware “blanks” from both the Mt. Clemens Pottery in Chicago and the Illinois China Co. in Lincoln, decorated the blanks, and sold the decorated pottery under the Stetson name. However, when Louis died in 1946 and his son took over the company, Stetson evidently bought the Illinois China Co., implying that Stetson produced its own pottery from 1946 to 1965 when it went out of business.

Still with me? It gets better! At some point Stetson also seems to have had a plastics plant in Chicago that made Melmac pieces!

Whew! Now that you know far more than you ever wanted to know about these neat old plates, please be assured that all five of them are in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, crazing, discoloration, or loss of design colors. See out matching sauce dishes listed immediately below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

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Set of 5 Marcrest Swiss Alpine Chalet sauce dishes

This is a set of five 5-1/2" diameter shallow dessert dishes that match the dinner plates listed immediately above. Bottoms are completely unmarked. All five dishes are in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, crazing, or discoloration. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance


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McCoy turquoise French onion soup bowl

This vintage McCoy turquoise French onion soup bowl stands 2-1/4" tall and is 7" across at its handle, with a 4-7/8" diameter top and 3" diameter bottom. The circular slightly raised bottom mark is nearly impossible to make out, but with a lot of effort you can see “USA” in the middle and “Heinz” around the top. We’re sure the words around the bottom say “Made by McCoy”. Why? Because a friend of ours has an identical bowl and she was gracious enough to allow us to scan the bottom of hers, which is considerably more readable than the bottom of ours! Aren’t friends wonderful? This bowl is in great condition, with no cracks, chips, or crazing. There is one tiny glaze pop in the interior and the rim shows slight wear, including one discolored scratch. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance


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Alfred Meakin rectangular serving platter

This lovely old 8-1/2" x 12" Alfred Meakin platter is over 100 years old! The design is of a floral and leaf spray, mostly in shades of brown, with light grayish-blue foliage and red and yellow accents on the two flowers. Two birds and a hummingbird fly in the upper left, and two butterflies on the right. The back says “Royal Ironstone China” above the hallmark and “Alfred Meakin England” below, dating this piece to 1891-1897. Alfred Meakin manufactured ironstone china and white granite ware from 1875-1897 at Turnstall, England, adding the word “England” to his pieces in 1891. In the middle of the plate, portions of the pattern have faded away, likewise at the inside of the bottom 1-1/2" rim. If you look really carefully in just the right light, you can see “ghosts” of where those portions of the pattern once were. There are two very old chips, one at the bottom left rim and the other at the top right rim, with a little brownish discoloration to its right. There are usage marks in the center that you can’t feel or see unless you wiggle the platter into just the right light The bottom shows some crazing and blemishes, with a small old chip at the bottom left rim. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance


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Set of 6 J.& G. Meakin dessert plates

These elegantly simple dessert plates are J.& G. Meakin’s long discontinued Classic White pattern, first introduced in 1963. Founded in 1851 by James and George Meakin, two of James Meakin’s four sons (all famous potters), J. & G. Meakin  manufactured earthenware tableware at the Eagle and Eastwood pottery works in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England. In the 19th century the firm was well-known for its white granite (undecorated ironstone) wares in imitation of contemporary French porcelain. They made inexpensive export wares, particularly for the American market, in the 20th century prior to 1945, but post-war expansion in the home market for domestic tableware resulted in the production of a wide range of traditional and fashionable shapes and patterns. Between 1945-1975, 17 shapes and over 100 patterns have been identified, of which Classic White was one of the most popular. J. & G. Meakin ceased production in the year 2000, and the Eagle Pottery Works produced Johnson Bros. tableware until 2004. Sadly, the Eagle Pottery Works were demolished in 2005, ending an illustrious 154 year old history. Our dessert plates are pure white, 6-7/8" in diameter, and feature a 1-1/2" wide fluted border leading to a scalloped rim. Bottoms have 3-1/2" base rings and are marked “J. & G. Meakin, England, Classic White.” Four of the plates are in pristine condition with no chips, nicks, cracks, or crazing. The other two have very light crazing, and one of those has an old hairline crack, but is still perfectly usable. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $36.00 + s/h and insurance


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Set of four Meissen blue onion napkin rings

This is truly extraordinary! You’ve no doubt seen the famous Meissen blue onion plates, cups, saucers, etc., but have you ever seen Meissen blue onion napkin rings before? We certainly hadn’t until we were astounded to find these! Measuring just over 2-1/4" in diameter, the concave exteriors feature blue onions, flowers, and foliage. The solid white slightly convex interiors carry the Meissen crossed swords mark, and three of the four napkin rings also have a blue number mark which appears to be 0175. As you probably know, the Meissen company was founded in 1710 and has been Germany’s premier porcelain manufacturer ever since. The crossed swords logo was first introduced in 1720 and is one of the oldest trademarks in existence. Several slight variations of the logo have been used over the centuries that make it relatively easy to date a Meissen piece. Our napkin rings carry the mark used from 1947-1973. All four are in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, crazing, discoloration, or any signs of usage whatsoever. What an amazing addition to your Meissen collection! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $300.00 + s/h and insurance


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