1950's Pink Vintage Melmac Melamine Plastic Dishes MOD

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 06, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

From an estate sale, I'm offering for you today this beautiful vintage pretty pink 1950's GRANT-CREST Melmac Set for four plus many extras! The lady who had it said she kept it boxed up in her attic and never used it because it was for "special occasions"! She said back in the 50's you could buy the pieces you needed and she custom built this set for four, adding on a few extras. I've been collecting melmac for some time and this is one set that I hate to part with as it is very rare! Grant Crest is hard to come by. It was made for the W. T. Grant Co by Prolon. It contains the "GRANT CREST" SHIELD marking on most pieces. HISTORY: In 1906 the first " W. T. Grant Co. 25 Cent Store" opened in Lynn, Massachusetts . Modest profit, coupled with a fast turnover of inventory, caused the stores to grow to almost $100 million a year in sales by 1936! In the 70's he died, and the stores turned into the modern day Kresge's and KMart's, but this melmac has been long gone!

So this is an unused dime store set which is ultra rare! Most pieces are mint , very shiny and new, with no visible scratches or use marks! Some of the pieces show light scuffs from the set being stacked for so long but t are NO deep knife marks on this set. I also want to mention that half the pieces are marked w/the shield and logo and tiny numbers, and half the pieces are just marked with a numbers. She said they did go together, and they appear to be the same hue, thickness, etc so I do believe her though it's odd that the bowls, creamer and div veggie are the only pieces not marked. You get:

6 pink coffee cups - shiny and looks new! 6 pink saucers - shiny and looks new 1 divided oval veggie bowl - shiny , orig sticker gum still on, and some graying in certain areas of the rim think this could be plastic, also some "ink" that I didn't try to remove. 8 pink bread plates - shiny and looks new 5 pink dinner plates - shiny and look new some light scuffs from stacking does not look like knife marks 1 pink creamer shiny and looks new 5 tiny veggie bowls shiny with light wear inside compared to other pcs This was produced at the height of the mod melamine phase, when other manufacturers such as Boonton, Watertown Lifetime Ware, Home Decorators, Dallas Ware, Spaulding, etc were working with great designers like Russel Wright and Kaye Lamoyne to make plastic dinnerware that was both functional and beautiful. It was made for the W.T. Grant Company by Prolon. What a neat find!

Be sure to check out my other auctions for my funky, MOD EAMES SLEEK FUNKY DECO PLASTIC RUSSEL WRIGHT STYLE ITEMS and thanks for looking!

NITTY GRITTY: All items sold as is and as described, to be accurate to the best of my knowledge with photos for you to look at. Many times my camera does not do my photos justice. Please ask questions and they will be answered. High bidder to pay cost on shipping calculator which includes best value rate and a $1.25 packing charge to cover materials and shipping supplies. Thanks for looking and have a great day.