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Anyone Familiar With Vintage Meito China?
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Post# 987922   3/24/2018 at 14:34 (180 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Escrow will be closing on our place 4/10, and I've already purchased a vintage Paul Frankl MCM dining set, which has a better chance of coordinating with a new house than the heavy dark set we currently have.  The truck is coming this afternoon to deliver the Frankl set and take our existing set to the consignment store.


I emptied the hutch/china cabinet of my mom's '30s vintage Meito china.  I've offered to leave it behind for the new owners, as it has served many a special occasion dinner under this roof over the decades.  It seems fitting to have it be part of the house.  I've never considered it to be my style, and Dave was the one who was into formal entertaining, not me. 


All I know (or think I know) about this china is that it was purchased at Sears in Chicago (my mom worked there) in the late '30s.  There's service for 16 and it includes serving platters, serving bowls, gravy boat, sugar/creamer, relish bowls and large soup bowls.


If anyone can tell me more about this, I'd appreciate it.  There is no pattern name indicated.  I've attached some pictures taken with my phone as I was boxing it up this morning.  I took them with the phone sideways and it appears to have cut off parts of the shots.

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Post# 987937 , Reply# 1   3/24/2018 at 15:33 (180 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Ralph, that's a very attractive pattern, but not really my style either. It looks very similar to Noritake of the time. Link is to a brief history of the company.


Post# 987962 , Reply# 2   3/24/2018 at 18:18 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks Tom.


I did read that bit about the Noritake connection elsewhere on line.  The only piece I've been able to find in the same pattern is a sugar bowl currently listed on Etsy.


My sister has a set of Meito in the "Annette" pattern.  It was purchased for her baptism because there wasn't enough of the original Meito, and "Annette" was the closest match.  It came from Woolworth's, so between that retailer and Sears, I don't think either set is all that valuable.  I saw one inquiry about a 92 piece set of "Annette" and it was estimated at $200-$250.


My mom slowly bought a set of Lenox "Castle Garden" in the '70s, which she hardly used -- maybe once that I can recall.  Service for 12 of that set went for $800 when we had the estate sale ten years ago.  Again, not my style.

Post# 987986 , Reply# 3   3/24/2018 at 22:30 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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As Emily Litella used to say, "Never mind."  My sister's set is Sango "Royal." 


I don't know where the Meito "Annette" came from.  I'm going to include it with the other Meito stuff for the new young family that will be moving in here after some much needed renovating to bring this place up to modern living standards.  I'm behind their plans 100% (Dave and I had similar plans until he had his massive stroke) and have met the architect, a cool girl who lives nearby and wants to continue the original gothic treatments into the expanded floorplan.

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