LAURA'S CLASSIC COLLECTIBLES

ABOUT ROYAL CHINA

A brief history of the Royal China Company of Sebring, Ohio.

ROYAL CHINA COMPANY WAS STARTED IN JUNE OF 1934 IN SEBRING OHIO. THE COMPANY WAS STARTED TO PRODUCE PREMIUMS AND SOUVENIRS FOR GAS STATIONS AND GROCERY STORES. THE CHINA IT PRODUCED QUICKLY CAUGHT ON WITH CONSUMERS FOR ITS UNIQUE STYLE AND COLORFUL ARTWORK.

IN THE EARLY STAGES OF OPERATION, ROYAL CHINA COMPANY PRODUCED MAINLY DECAL CHINA PLATES,TEAPOTS AND GLASSES. IN THE 1950'S, IT CHANGED TO UNDERGLAZE PRODUCTION METHOD WHICH THEY PIONEERED. FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS, ROYAL CHINA CONTINUED TO MAKE CHINA UNDER MANY OWNERS INCLUDING COCA COLA AND JEANETTE GLASS COMPANY TO NAME A FEW. THERE WAS A FIRE AT THE FACTORY IN EARLY 1970 WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE COMPANY'S IMMINENT DECLINE. ALL FILES AND INFO ON THEIR PROCESSES WERE LOST. COUPLED WITH ITS DECLINING POPULARITY, ROYAL CHINA WAS SOLD FOR THE LAST TIME IN 1986 AND SHORTLY CEASED TO EXIST.

CURRIER AND IVES WAS THE MOST POPULAR OF THE MANY ROYAL CHINA PATTERNS. THIS PATTERN FEATURED THE FAMOUS PRINTS OF NATHANIEL CURRIER AND JAMES IVES OF LITHOGRAPH FAME. THE BEAUTIFUL SCROLL BORDER AND RICH BLUE AND WHITE CHINA WAS IN NEARLY EVERY KITHCEN IN AMERICA, INCLUDING MINE! CURRIER AND IVES WAS ALSO DONE IN PINK,GREEN,BROWN,BLACK AND GREY.

COLLECTORS ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR IRREGULARITIES IN BACKSTAMPS,SHAPES,COLOR OR JUST SCARCITY. ONCE VERY PREVALENT IN WHAT NOT STORES, NOW YOU MIGHT FIND A CUP OR TWO. CURRIER AND IVES WAS GIVEN AWAY AS PREMIUMS AT GROCERY STORES SUCH AS A&P, WINN DIXIE AND SOLD IN THE CATALOGS OF MONTGOMERY WARD AND KMART.

TAKE A MOMENT TO BROWSE MY WEBSITE FOR A SAMPLING OF THE MANY PATTERNS AND STYLES THIS FORWARD THINKING AMERICAN CHINA COMPANY CALLED ROYAL CHINA LEFT US AS ITS LEGACY.

A FEW OF ITS PATTERNS: COLONIAL HOMESTEAD,MEMORY LANE, OLD CURIOSITY SHOP,DOORN,WILLOWARE IN GREEN,PINK,BLUE,BUCKS COUNTY,BLUE HEAVEN,STAR GLOW,QUBAN ROYAL,FAIR OAKS AND MANY OTHERS.
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