Antique Waco China Tea Set (Complete Excellent Cond.)

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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 10, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

This auction is for a complete salesman's sample tea set made by the Waco Pottery Company of East Liverpool, Ohio, and given to my mother (now 71) when she was born, by a friend of the family. It is not as small as a child's tea set, but slightly larger. From what we understand, it was designed as an example that salesmen used to show prospective buyers of the larger pieces.

When this set was given to my mother as a gift, she was a newborn (1937). This set was already almost 40 years old and my grandmother didn't want Mother to play with it for fear that she would break it. So it was kept in a box in the attic for years. Mother said they had one "tea party" with it and that was heavily supervised by Grandmother. Mother was barely allowed to touch it, even during the tea party. Other than that, it was put in the attic and forgotten.

So, this box has been in the attic a long time. Grandmother died last year at age 100, and when we were going through the attic, we found the tea set.

The tea set consists of a tea pitcher with lid, sugar bowl with lid, cream pitcher, finger bowl, 6 cups with handles, 6 saucers, and 6 biscuit plates. The biscuit plates are the only ones with the Waco logo, seen in one of the pictures. The rest of the set is completely blank on the bottom. This is white porcelain china with a
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