I was enamored with the china and couldn’t resist looking at the back for markings that would identify it. As the hostess caught me peeking, she told me there was quite a story behind it.
The entire set of china had been a gift to her grandfather from his friend John Roebling, famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs, in particular the Brooklyn Bridge. He commissioned two sets, one for himself and one for his friend, and then the mold was destroyed making these dishes a very limited edition.
While they have the appearance of fine china, the dishes are actually quite sturdy. They were made by a company called Scammell which, at the time, made tableware for train dining cars, fine hotels and restaurants. It appears that such pieces are now highly collectible.
The china was accented with touches of simplicity in the napkins and fruit filled bread board and elegance in the crystal and antique silver. All were lovely on a simple farm table with a beautiful patina.
Noticing the design was all about hunting and horses made me wonder if it had been a deliberate choice because it represented a shared interest between the two men. Next time I see the hostess, I’ll ask. In the meantime, what do you think about the choice of pattern?
Shiring this lovely table at