Monday, April 23, 2012

Let’s have a Donner party!

I had the amazing good fortune to buy this 1950s Tepco China Co. Early California series platter for a mere $36 plus shipping at 12:20 a.m. on Ebay.
Corinne Joy Brown gives the Early California series a passing mention as being rare and hard to find in her landmark book “Come and Get It! The Saga of Western Dinnerware.” The only example illustrated in her book is a dinner plate with a cowboy on a bucking bronco, with the notation that the artist for this line was Californian Ken Bemis. (That would explain the "KB" cattle brand-like logo in the lariat loop at the bottom of the platter.)
I sent her this photo and she shot back: “OMG-that is spectacular. I have never seen it before. Anything from that series is rarer than rare. You snagged the Mother Lode. Nice job.”
The next challenge is to persuade my wife that it’s OK to serve steaks or burgers on a platter that commemorates an expedition that ended in cannibalism.

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