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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 26, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

The Silent Woman 10" dinner plate by Corning. This nice collectible is in great condition with no chips, cracks or repair. However t are surface scratches from extensive use. The Silent woman was a restaurant in Waterville Maine and closed in the mid eighties after thirty years in the business. The restaurant logo of a headless woman is in the center of the plate, and it reads The Silent Woman Waterville in Maine. The back plate says Pyroceram tableware by Corning. Just a bit of trivia; this information appeared on the back of their menu: " A Silent Woman-how can that be? Patient Traveler, do not scoff: Drawn from the very life is she and mute, because her head is off. The name actually came from an old English pub, The custom of hanging a sign to attract trade goes back to the early Middle Ages, when only the scholars could read. The tailor displayed a sign with a pair of shears, the hosier, a stocking, the inn
or tavern, a jug or bottle. The hosts of some of the inns preferred more original signs, such as The Pig and Whistle, The Mermaid Tavern, The Red
Lion, The White Horse, The Bulls Head to name a few. The Silent Woman can be found, surprisingly, by a similar name in France, Great Britain, Belgium and Holland. In England, it is thought that the sign evolved as a satire on Henry the Eighth's method of divorce. Thomas Hardy refers to a Quiet Woman Tavern in The Return of the Native; and as recently as 1761, t was a Silent Woman Tavern in Massachusetts. The sign probably originated in France as La Bonne Fame, meaning "Good Fame". (The poet Virgil said: "Fame walks the earth, holding her head in the clouds"). It may be guessed that it was changed
from Fame to Femme. To make this long story short, "she" was named from an Old English Pub. The interior of "The Woman" was also decorated in that
style. The Woman was first started as a small Steak house and grew as a large fine food restaurant. " The Silent Woman was a wonderful and fun place to eat in Waterville. Sometime in the 1980's its logo fell victim to the sensitive nature raised by the woman's movement, and it no longer beckons to travelers on Route I-95. "The Silent Woman." sign depicted jolly men raising their glasses at a plank-like table. Behind them, carrying a serving tray, was a buxom lady with no head. The restaurant advertised in the back of The New Yorker. "Someday you will find yourself in Waterville, Maine, the ad read (a play on words Iâe(tm)m sure). This information was sent to me by the owners Grandson who was kind enough to let me use it.. A wonderful piece of memorabilia from the past and a nice addition to your restaurant ware collectibles If you win this auction please don't pay me until I send you an invoice with the total amount due. I would appreciate it if you would let me know within three days of receiving your invoice what method of payment you will be using so I know weâe(tm)re communicating. Payment is due within ten days of winning this item. I accept paypal, personal check or money order. Insurance although optional is strongly recommended seller is not responsible for lost or broken items once theyâe(tm)re shipped. Please do not bid if you donâe(tm)t intend on paying for this item. International buyers please check the calculations or email me for shipping to your area. While youâe(tm)re why not check out the items in my store (along came a spider) I have books, collectibles, fabric, dinnerware, and other items of interest. I add new and different stock daily, bookmark me in your favorites and check back often Thanks for looking, good luck and happy buying.