Antiques & The Arts

Cozy Coffee Comfort: Vintage Restaurantware

Hello. This is my vintage restaurantware mug.
I find vintage restaurantware very homey and comforting. I like to pour my espresso into
them; they’re a good size for that. I know when I’m drinking coffee I need a little bit
more volume. I bought this mug along with all these other ones on a couple of shopping
trips to flea markets. This set here I paid $10 for and these two I got for $3 each. A
lot of people collect restaurantware and it’s a great scene to get into. It’s accessible,
it’s inexpensive, and it’s a lot of fun. Vintage restaurantware is recognizable for its robust
rims and handles and also its weight. The ones that I’m attracted to mostly are the
ones from the mid-century, from around the 30s to the late 60s. There’s several different
brands to look out for when you’re shopping for vintage restaurantware. One of them is
Homer Laughlin. Homer Laughlin was founded in 1871 and it’s most known for its Fiestaware,
which we’ve actually featured on Antiques Roadshow! I love this little mug. This mug
was made by the Syracuse company. Syracuse China Company was also founded in 1871. This
particular cup is from the Econo-Rim line which was produced from 1933 to 1967 and was
most popular on railroads. I have this adorable creamer. The label says Sterling. Sterling
China Company was founded in 1917 and produced most of the US Army’s china during World War
II. Do you collect vintage restaurantware? Do you own any pieces? What brands do you
like, and should I add any to my list when I go out hunting? Let me know in the comments!

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