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Salem Tricorne & Streamline China Service for 12--Remarkable 1930's atomic Art Deco dinnerware with bold Creamsicle orange rings on triangular white ceramic dinner plates and saucers with matching cups, charmingly conical with '7' shaped handles...it's incredibly rare to find a set for 12 in ANY Salem Tricorne / Streamline pattern, but in Creamsicle? Almost impossible! Orange you glad you found these retro fabulous dishes? ;)

:: Listing Details ::

This set consists of the following 37 pieces in generally Excellent vintage condition:

* 12 - Dinner Plates - 9 inches [23cm] from corner to corner, 1 has a faint 1" hairline on its underside, another has some light fading to its orange rings
* 12 - Coffee or Tea Cups - 3.75 inches [9.5 cm] in diameter by 2.25 inches [6.35cm] high - 2 cups have tiny chips on their bases (one is buffed and on the underside and so is nearly invisible, the other about 1mm on the foot) and a few have some slight discoloration on their insides.
* 12 - Saucers - 6 inches [15.25cm] from corner to corner, a couple have faint discoloration
* 1 - Platter - 11.5 inches [29cm] from corner to corner, Grade A

Please Note: At time of listing we have another platter in Grade B condition available (some faint fading & speckling to orange rings in places)

Platter, plates & saucers have 2 different backstamps, both in platinum ink: the older ones (pre-1935) are marked with "The Salem China Company, Salem Ohio" in a circle with "Made in America" above "Design Pat. Applied For" while the rest display the more common “Tricorne by Salem U.S. Patent D. 94245”; 1 Cup is marked "U.S. Patent D. 96722 Streamline By Salem" and the rest are unmarked.

:: Condition Details ::

This set is in mostly Excellent-to-Great condition (Grade A), with light overall crazing (crackling of the clear overglaze) as expected for this age; unless noted otherwise, no chips, cracks, stains, or repairs. More photos available upon request.

:: Care & Handling ::

As with any china with metallic embellishment & 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.

:: Historical Background ::

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 platinum on black was inexplicably 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 on Horse” and “Playing Card Suit Symbols”)

All were applied in interesting ways with frequent metallic embellishment—and 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

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Dinnerware Set for 12: Atomic Art Deco Salem Streamline & Tricorne in Creamsicle Orange - 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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