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Salem China's 1930's Atomic Art Deco dinnerware for 4 (or 8 or 12!) Bold Creamsicle Orange rings on white Tricorne platters, plates & saucers w/ Streamline cups, charmingly conical with '7' shaped handles...rare AND remarkable ceramic dinnerware!

I'm fairly certain the Creamsicle pattern (my name, not Salem's) was their first design on its iconic triangular Tricorne and conical Streamline shapes as some of the backstamps say "Patent Applied For," which I've never seen on any Tricorne or Streamline pieces, including the more common Mandarin Orange...and it's hard enough to find a set for 4 in Creamsicle, but enough for 12 people? Almost impossible!

Orange you glad you found these retro fabulous dishes? ;)


Each 13-piece Set for 4--we have 3 of these sets at time of listing--consists of the following items, in the stated condition grades (see below for details on how we grade for condition.)

To purchase one, two, or all three sets, simply select the set(s) you want under "Purchase Options" (please select the appropriate Shipping Upgrade if you're buying more than 1 set.) Then add to your Cart, and checkout using your preferred payment method.

Please Note: Unless you opt to buy using our Layaway option (see our Policies for details), we offer discounts on multiple sets; click the Purchase Options arrow to see your price for each set, singly and together.

SET #1 - Grade A condition, some pieces marked "Patent Applied For"

* 4 - Dinner Plates - 9 inches [23cm] from corner to corner
* 4 - Coffee or Tea Cups - 3.75" [9.5 cm] in diameter by 2.25" [6.35cm] high
* 4 - Saucers - 6" [15.25cm] from corner to corner
* 1 - Platter - 11.5" [29cm] from corner to corner

SET #2 - Grade A condition unless noted otherwise; some pieces marked "Patent Applied For"

* 4 - Dinner Plates
* 4 - Coffee or Tea Cups - 3 Grade A, 1 A-
* 4 - Saucers
* 1 - Platter - Grade B

SET #3 - Grades A- & B as noted; 1 piece marked "Patent Applied For"

* 4 - Dinner Plates - Grade B
* 4 - Coffee or Tea Cups - Grade A-
* 4 - Saucers - Grade B
* 1 - Platter - Grade B


A Cream & Sugar set is also available separately. More photos available upon request.


This 1930's pattern is anywhere from 80-50 years old, and as such, is best used only for special occasions.

We now price our Salem China patterns in tiers according to variations in condition; manufacturing flaws or irregularities are rare in every grade, but crazing (crackling of the clear overglaze) and underside kiln marks are very common.

A = Excellent-to-Great: Very little wear or signs of use, may include a spot or 2, light crazing &/or utensil marks. No visible chips, cracks, nicks, etc.

A-/B+ = Excellently Good! A tish better than Grade B; could have no crazing, but enough faint discoloration on the orange to push it beyond a Grade A, or...it has moderate crazing, but the decoration is almost perfect, maybe with an extra spot. Any chip, if present, is on the underside, buffed smooth and barely perceptible, if visible at all.

B = Great-to-Good: Light-to-moderate signs of wear can include utensil marks, spots of missing orange glaze (especially on cup handles) and/or occasional spots of discoloration; expect overall crazing. Any small nicks or chips (often underneath a plate corner) are buffed and/or painted to minimize and/or conceal their visibility.

C = Good-to-Poor: Otherwise known as "Craft" grade; best used for display rather than use. Can include all of the above plus heavier discoloration and more chips (buffed, painted over or otherwise). A faint hairline is rare, but possible.


As with any china of this age, these pieces should not be used in microwaves, and we strongly recommend hand washing soon after use. Where there is surface crazing, avoid staining by restricting contact with acidic or deeply colored liquids & foods (strong coffee, beets, etc). It is tempting to stack the cups inside one another, but doing so regularly will wear the glaze off the handles.

PLEASE NOTE: Vintage and antique dishes were often decorated with glazes containing varying degrees of toxic substances, like lead or cadmium. If you have a concern, please research before purchasing. To minimize exposure to these substances when using vintage dinnerware, please observe the following precautions: use infrequently; do not expose to high heat, including microwaves, ovens, and dishwashers; avoid contact with acidic foods & liquids, especially if cracked or crazed (slight crackling of the clear overglaze); do not use to store food or liquids; wash by hand soon after use and allow to air dry.


Beginning in the mid-1930s, the Salem (Ohio) China Company produced a series of futuristic, atomic dinnerware shapes designed by Don Schreckengost, F.H. Sebring, Jr., Herbert Smith & Vincent Broomhall, known as Tricorne and Streamline (Don's brother Viktor was rumored to have had a part in their design as well). These shapes exploded into the well-ordered design world with their Jetson-like conical cups and bowls with sharply angular handles, and curvy triangular platters, saucers, and plates. The round Century shape soon followed, and offered a sleek, modern sensibility that functioned, in part, to balance the boldness of Tricorne & Streamline.

Introducing such an innovative dinnerware design during the Depression was risky, and required an equally adventurous marketing campaign, thus the success of Salem’s participation in ‘Dish Night’ movie theater giveaways. See Kathryn Fuller-Seeley’s fascinating essay, “Dish Night at the Movies” in ‘Looking Past the Screen’ https://books.google.com/books?id=Qzmcu-URVDAC and referenced in Julio Muao’s lovely Beaux Mondes blog: http://beauxmondesdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/02/dish-night-at-movie-theaters.html

Mandarin Orange was the most common Tricorne & Streamline pattern; other designs included streamlined rings of platinum, Creamsicle orange, aqua, or gold on white, burgundy, and blue background glazes (although the platinum on black was labeled ‘Harlem Moon’).

We’ve also found lots of decal images:
~ Stylized sailboats under a starry sky (“Sailing Ships”)
~ Petite point figures (“Dutch Couple” and “Spanish Flamenco Couple”)
~ A variety of Art Deco floral swags and flower arrangements
~ Sports and leisure images and icons (“Polo Player & Pony” and “Playing Card Suit Symbols”)

All were applied in interesting ways with frequent metallic embellishment—we discover more patterns all the time!

It’s our desire to share our comprehensive collection of this unique 1930s dinnerware and to that end, we actively collect all we can find. We don't have everything listed here yet, so please inquire if you’re seeking something specific, and see our Atomic Salem China section http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusabellaBrownstein?section_id=7195421 for the fabulous Salem shapes & patterns we currently DO have listed.


More treasures from the Belle Époque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco through Mid Century eras await in our Vintage Dinnerware China, Porcelain, Glass, Retro Plastique section: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusabellaBrownstein?section_id=6280769

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: We love to ship globally; please provide your address for an accurate quote of shipping costs. You must determine your own local customs fees or import taxes, if applicable.

We pack professionally and have a stellar track record when it comes to shipping delicate china; see our feedback or read our blog entry "Pack and Schlep" at www.SusabellaBrownstein.wordpress.com for more details

Creamsicle Atomic Art Deco Dinnerware Set for 4, 8 or 12: Salem Streamline & Tricorne w/ Bright Orange Rings - Rare, Vintage Wedding China

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: Atomic Art Deco, Vintage Salem China, Tricorne and Streamline shapes, Creamsicle Orange pattern, Triangular Platter and Plates, Conical Cups, from the 1930s
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