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Restaurantware  also known as hotel china or institutional ware, is a fun collectible. It was made to be durable, so it is great to use. It comes in many designs, some of them very creative. Restaurant china can be collected by the item (just cups or just plates for example), by the pattern, by the manufacturer, or even by color. Mix and match restaurant dishes are a fun way to set your table! Because of what it is, restaurant dishes commonly show moderate to heavy wear, but because of it's durability, it is not easily chipped or cracked.

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Examples of Restaurant China
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Hall restaurant china Hall China Sample Saucers with Manufacturer Stickers  These saucers appear to have been used as samples by a Hall China salesperson. All three saucers have blue and white paper stickers with Stock Number, Item, and Color. The two small saucers measure 5-1/2" across and the large saucer measures 7" across.
Homer Laughlin restaurant china Homer Laughlin Green Striped Cup with Manufacturer Sticker  White restaurant china with two green stripes near the rim and another green stripe lower on the cup. The cup measures 2-1/4" tall and is about 3-7/8" across the top. On the bottom is a white paper sticker with a stock number and other information.
Homer Laughlin restaurant china Homer Laughlin Leaves Saucers  Marked Homer Laughlin Best China, this is probably a stock pattern. It has gently curved rust lines and gray leaves with rust colored veins. 5-1/2" across.
Army Medical Mug by Homer Laughlin Homer Laughlin Army Medical Mug  This heavy mug measures about 3-1/2" tall and the top is about 3-1/2" across. It has the burgundy United States Army Medical Department symbol on the front with no lettering. There is a single burgundy stripe around the rim. It has a Homer Laughlin HLC molded mark on the bottom.
Mayer restaurant china Mayer Mayan Ware Saucers  These saucers have a tan body with black, rust, and orange stripes around the rim. Each saucer is 6-1/8" across, and all have cup rings. The backstamp says "Mayan Ware - Mayer China - Est. 1881", and probably dates the saucers to the 1930's - early 1940's.
Mayer restaurant china Mayer BGSU Cup  White restaurant china with a light brown band near the rim. On the front is a logo that says "BGSU Union" and below that "welcome". The cup is about 2-1/4" tall and about 3-7/8" across the top. The backstamp reads Mayer China Beaver Falls, PA U.S.A. 367, indicating a manufacturing date of 1967.
Shenango restaurant china Shenango Display Sample Cup  This cup is white with gold bands around the top and bottom and a gold accent on the handle. On the bottom is a triangular sticker that says "Shenango China New Castle, Penna DISPLAY SAMPLE". Handwritten on the tag on the Item line is "tea cup" and on the Pattern line is "El Dorado". The sticker comes on up on one side when gently lifted to reveal a date code of B-29 (1971.)
Shenango restaurant china Shenango Green Striped Cup  White restaurant china with one green stripe near the rim and a thinner green stripe lower on the cup. The cup measures 2-3/8" tall and is about 3-3/4" across the top. The green backstamp is the Indian mark that Shenango used circa 1920s - 1950s.
Syracuse restaurant china Syracuse China with Yellow Spirals  What a fun modern pattern! White restaurant china with mustard-yellow spirals. Four matching pieces available - one 6-1/4" bread plate and three 5-3/4" saucers with cup rings. There are three different backstamps, with date codes of 89, 91-C, and 4-NN, indicating 1959-1962.
Syracuse restaurant china Syracuse China Purdue University Cup  White restaurant china with narrow black and gold bands near the rim. On the front is a logo with the letters P and U and a bell cart. The cup is about 2-1/4" tall and about 3-3/4" across the top. The backstamp is "O.P. SYRACUSE CHINA 7-W", which I believe indicates a manufacturing date of 1942.
Syracuse restaurant china Syracuse China Woodgrain  This pattern is made of tan restaurant china that was handpainted to look like woodgrain. The are backstamp says "Syracuse China Econo-rim, Trade Mark Patented."
Wallace restaurant china Wallace China Acey Ducey Club Cup  This cup is made of heavy white restaurant grade china with burgundy airbrushing and a dark blue topmark. I have been told that it is from a club for First and Second-Class Petty officers. The cup is about 3" tall and a little less than 3-1/2" across the top. It has a Wallace China backstamp. (The Wallace China plant closed in 1964.)

Restaurantware Resources:  We have found the following websites to be helpful. However, A Shop 4 Antiques does not make any guarantees regarding the content or accuracy of these websites.

         Restaurant Ware Collectors Network

         The Bees Knees Dinerware

         Museum of Vintage Coffee Cups

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