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Salt Cellars, Gladding McBean, Leaf Shaped, Kaolena, Set of 2, Vintage

Salt Cellars, Gladding McBean, Leaf Shaped, Kaolena, Set of 2, Vintage

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  • Pattern: Vintage Salt Cellars, Leaf Shaped, Floral, Porcelain, Gladding McBean
  • Made in California, USA
  • Vintage: 1930 -1951
  • Details:  These beautiful leaf shaped dishes were made by Gladding McBean. We believe these were salt cellars, however, they make wonderful butter pats dishes, or trinket dishes to corral jewelry or other small items.  Gladding McBean was a pottery company in California and one of the oldest pottery companies in the United States. They issued the Kaolena line exclusively for Max Schonfeld from 1930 until 1951.  Max was a California distributor of china and pottery in the Los Angeles area.  Gladding McBean would include Max's initials "MS" (as seen on these dishes), as part of the maker's stamp on the Kaolena pieces.  Great gift for a pottery collector, and pretty on the vanity to corral earrings and other small items too!  There is a condition issue, please see below.
  • Material:  Porcelain
  • Dimensions:  4.0 inches Long (from stem to leaf tip),  4.25 inches Wide 
  • Condition:  Vintage - Used.  One dish is in Excellent Vintage Condition with only minor wear to the gold rim.  The other is in Good Vintage Condition with a small chip on the rim and minor wear on the gold.  Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can't accept returns.  All Sales Final.  Please remember these are ANTIQUE and VINTAGE items, they are NOT NEW, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. 

Gladding McBean was founded in 1875 by Charles Gladding, Peter McGill McBean and George Chambers.  Originally to manufacture clay sewer pipes.  Peter McBean became president of the company after Charles Gladding's death in 1894.  During the 1920's there were several mergers and acquisitions as the company continued to grow.  During the Great Depression all construction stopped & demand for building materials was low, the company looked for new products and in 1932 expanded into tableware. In 1934, Gladding McBean introduced the now famous "Franciscan Pottery" line of dinnerware and art ware, (named after the Franciscan friars who established missions throughout California in the 18th and 19th centuries). In 1940, the company introduced the Franciscan Apple pattern, followed in 1941 with Desert Rose, both became their most enduring patterns still available today.  The company introduced fine china dinnerware in 1942 and due to World War II, discontinued all artware lines.  For a time they were known as the "World's Largest Ceramics Manufacturers".  In 1976 Interpace Corp. (International Pipe and Ceramics Corporation, the clay side of the business) announced they would cease operations at the Lincoln plant where Gladding McBean began.  Pacific Coast Building Products purchased the Lincoln factory and restored the historic name of Gladding, McBean, which remains in business today.  Interpace Corp sold its Franciscan Ceramics division to Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd in 1979.  In 1984 production was moved to Wedgwood's Stoke-on-Trent facility in England.  A very little known fact about Gladding McBean, as part of their clay business, products were used to decorate thousands of buildings, including most major structures on the campus of Stanford University. The red roof tiles and architectural terracotta they created is seen on many Spanish Colonial Revival style homes in California even today.   There are still some great examples of their work in buildings throughout the west coast such as: San Diego's Spreckels Theater and the Ventura County Courthouse.

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