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These retro Shenango China celery trays have an aqua stripe around the rim, which appears to be hand painted. The dishes are sturdy and heavy-duty; the Shenango China Company wanted them to withstand lots of use and banging around in the dishwasher and on trays.

In the past, lifestyles were more formal, and dinner services had more pieces to fit specialized uses. While doing some research on celery trays, we came across a wonderful article by Margi Shrum, with quotes from food historian Sandra L. Oliver, in our local Pittsburgh paper. The article was about the tradition of fixing a "relish tray", especially for holidays or special meals.

To summarize: "...by the early 1800s, celery... had exalted status. Having celery on the table was a social coup in the early 1800s. It takes fiddling, it's fussy to grow and then have you to blanch it. And so celery vases and celery trays popped on the scene. Usually when a dish gets its own serving piece, it's an indication of its status at the table. In fact, one of the things that the relish tray may tell us a little about is that celery slid down the importance ladder a little bit when it began getting snugged in next to the olives."

Here is the article if you would like to read it in full: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sectionfront/life/a-tradition-to-relish-pickle-trays-add-colorful-snap-to-holiday-table-622136/

These days, in addition to celery (and maybe some carrots and red peppers?!), the trays could be used for any number of food items. When we first found them, we thought they must have been made for serving corn on the cob, since they are the perfect size for a nice big juicy ear of corn. They would also work well for serving banana splits. A wide variety of appetizers and side dishes would look great in these trays.

Measurements are 10" long, 4 1/2" wide, and the sides put them at 1 1/4" tall. All four stack very nicely together, so they won't take up much room when they are not in use. This listing is for four (4) Shenango China celery trays. They are in very good vintage condition. There are no chips or cracks, and the paint is crisp and bright.

We have more diner items available, including other Shenango China pieces:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/DishDashKitchenCo/search?search_query=diner

The Shenango China Company, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, was in existence from 1901 to 1991. Interestingly, we found these celery trays a mere 14 miles from New Castle, so this particular set of dishes didn't travel very far over the years!

Please understand that the shipping prices below reflect the actual weight of the pieces.

If you would like to add shipping insurance, please let us know and we will add an additional $2.25. We are happy to SHIP INTERNATIONALLY. If you don't see your country listed in the shipping options below, please let us know what country you're located in, and we will give you a shipping quote for that destination.

Shenango China Celery Trays, Aqua Stripe, Vintage Set of Four

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: china, pottery, ceramic
  • Feedback: 164 reviews
  • Ships from Pennsylvania, United States to select countries.
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