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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UCAGCO- United China & Glass Company

   This Beautiful UCAGCO (United China & Glass Company) Fine China, Tea Cup & Saucer is in the "Old Rose" pattern. The Tea Cup is 2-1/4" tall & is 3-7/8" in diameter at the rim. The Cup has a White background with Pink Roses & Rose Buds, two on the front & one on the back, & a Rose in the interior of the Cup with Green leaves & stems. This Tea Cup is embosses around the exterior rim & is trimmed in Gold on the rim, feet & handle. This Cup is footed with a "Broken Loop" style handle. The Saucer is 5-3/4" in diameter & has a White background with Pink Roses & Rose buds along the rim. The saucer is trimmed in Gold. This pattern was Discontinued & was only in circulation in the late 1950's.
This piece is available for purchase for $9.99 at:

   UCAGCO actually means "United China & Glass Company". It's offices were based in New Orleans & New York. UCAGCO was primarily a distributor of dinnerware & glassware. They distributed many Japanese China patterns during the early 1950's. United China & Glass Company inc., better known as UCAGCO, dates back to 1850. The company was founded by Abe Mayer & originally was called Abe Mayer & Co., the importer did buisness throughout the Southeast United States as well as Central & South America. It wasn't until the 1930's that the company took on the official trademark of UCAGCO & began expanding overseas. In fact, after the war, the company's agent in Japan, S.A. Stolaroff signed the very first contract allowing imports from Japan. A talented ceramic designer himself, Solaroff  worked alongside many Japanese potters in order to lead the company's line of ceramics into a great success. in 1956, UCAGCO was sold to Sammons Enterprises & in 1962, Stolaroff, who became the company's president, retired.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

American Limoges

   This piece is a Vintage "American Limoges" Gravy Boat in the "Royal Oxford' pattern. This gravy boat stands 4" tall, is 10" long, including the "underplate", & is 7" wide, including the "underplate". The background is Ivory with 22K Gold flowers, leaves & stems around both the exterior rim of the "boat" & the rim of the "underplate". This pattern was Discontinued & was only in circulation from 1935-1936.
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American Limoges

      F.A. Sebring first established the "Sterling China Company" in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1887. The name soon had to be changed due to the fact that a "Sterling China Company" was already in operation. The "Limoges China company" was then founded in Sebring, Ohio on East Georgia Ave. The main objective of the Limoges china company was to create a thin porcelain product similar to the materials used in Europe. In order to accomplish that goal many of their raw materials were imported & at a great expense! Three years later a fire destroyed the plant & the ceramic expert died. Also lost was all of the formulas, equipment & records. after they re-built, the company began to produce earthware & semi-porcelain. The Limoges company developed one of the first "tunnel kilns", replacing the old "beehive" kilns that had been in use for hundreds of years. The Limoges company ended the belief that only English raw materials could be used & showed that American raw materials are equal to & in some cases, superior in the production of Earthware products. In the 1940's "American" was added to their name due to the fact that there was a French company operating under the "Limoges" name. In 1955 the American Limoges china company fell into banruptey & they closed their doors.