The research begins. Here's what I found out.
The pattern is "Arcadia" and was made between 1942-1947. It has a cream background with a yellow and brown leaf ring going around the rim.
Vernonware began with Poxon China in 1916, located in Vernon, California. Later, in 1928, it became Vernon Potteries or Vernon Kilns. The company was bought out by Metlox in 1958 and became a division of Metlox. These pieces of artistry by Vernon Kilns, Melinda Shape from 1947. The plate design was done by Royal Hickman.
These plates are huge - 10.5" - so I can use them as chargers. Here are some ideas with some of my dishes sets.
Vernon Kilns dinnerware was made by painting or applying various patterns onto molded blanks. During the years that Vernon Kilns manufactured dinnerware, they created and used a number of sets of molds, and these sets are referred to as "shapes". Thus, a "shape" is really a collection of related molded dinnerware shapes, similar in design details such as the edge detail.
Vernon Kilns' History
|Vernon Kilns was founded in July 1931 after Faye G. Bennison purchased Poxon China Company in Vernon, California. Poxon China Company was built at 2310 East 52nd Street, Vernon, California, now part of Los Angeles. Bennison continued to produce Poxon lines, using Poxon shapes for some time before an earthquake in 1933 forced Bennison to develop original shapes for Vernon. Two fires in the late 1940's almost brought the end of Vernon Potteries, Ltd., but Bennison decided to rebuild and continued to flourish during a time when imports were not available. The company was not able to compete when a flood of foreign imports hit the American shelves and in 1958 Vernon Kilns sold its holding to Metlox. Metlox continued to market some Vernon shapes and patterns under the division Vernonware until 1989. The company produced dinnerware, art pottery, figurines, ashtrays and other popular lines. All products were of earthenware, with clays from Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and England. Glazes were developed from minerals mined in California and many patterns including all of the plaids were hand painted.|
Welcome home Vernon Kilns "Arcadia." Glad to have you!
Don't know where I'm going to put you.....but we'll figure it out.