Monday, June 9, 2014

P is for Petalware

Petalware... such a lovely name for such a lovely design of dishware.

Produced by the Macbeth Evans glass company from Charleroi, Pennsylvania from 1930 through the 1940's when it was taken over by the Corning Glass Company of Corning NY, Petalware is elegant simplicity at its best. 

Petalware was introduced during the Depression as a substitute for fine china.  The initial colors consisted of clear and blush pink.  The Monax line - fired on colored plates of red, blue, green and yellow - was created in the mid 1930's, with Ivory Monax, or Ivrene -  as the last color to be created in 1939.  Ivrene later became known as Cremax.  Sets of Petalware were also sold with gold edging, bands of pastel pink, blue, and yellow as well as with hand painted red flowers of the Florette and Mountain Flower line.   

Petalware continued to be manufactured by Corning well into the 1950's and as a result pieces still can be found fairly easily.  Made in the USA, and very special.

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