Syracuse China

I bought this set of Syracuse china. Unfortunately, it did not come with any dinner plates but, I got the 40 piece set for a really good price. here is the 40 pieces that I got. Ignore the $29.99 price tag. I didn’t even pay close to that much!I am so thrilled to have found this set. This set is talked about in the history of the company below.

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I love the pattern which is called “Old Ivory”.

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In 1841, W. H. Farrar started a small pottery business in the town of Geddes, New York. Seventeen years later he moved the business to the location of what would become the Onondaga Pottery Company and eventually Syracuse China. Mr. Farrar produced whiskey jugs, butter crocks and mixing bowls in stoneware. A few years later the Empire Pottery company was organized to take over the Farrar Pottery. A line of "white ware" for table use was added. Like most pottery of the time it was susceptible to "crazing" - small cracks in the glazed surface. The company struggled along until 1871 at which time Onondaga Pottery Company was organized and took over.

Popular taste demanded a finer ceramic tableware than the heavy pottery made by these companies. Onondaga Pottery started producing a heavy earthen ware called "Ironstone" but struggle to succeed. In 1873, they began manufacturing a "white granite ware" and then in 1885 a semi-vitreous ware. A year later they replaced this with a high fired china and a guarantee that the glaze would not crackle or craze - the first time an American-made tableware carried such a warranty. It was at this point, 45 years after the start of pottery production in Syracuse that the pottery business showed a stable and profitable prospect.

Under President James Pass, O.P.Co. developed a new china body and won the medal for translucent china at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. In 1897 production turned to the vitreous china body. Its first colored china body, "Old Ivory," appeared in 1926. The company thrived with its hotel and railroad sales. The narrow-bodied "Econo-Rim" was tailored for the cramped table space of dining cars. Highly sought after collectible patterns sell regularly on eBay and at estate sales. The company was renowned for its fine china designs until 1970 when it limited its production to mostly restaurant dinnerware.

I decided to create a little tea for us using this pattern. I am also going to do a tablescape with it for Thursday. But, here is my Syracuse china tea.

Once again, this was at our campground. So, I didn’t have any frilly or pretty extras to add.

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I have no idea who the manufacturer of the teapot is. There is no markings. I paid $1.00 for it.

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Check back on Thursday for my tablescape with this set!

I am linking up to all my favorite Tuesday parties!

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday/Table Top Tuesday/Tuesday Trivia Tie-In

Tea For Two/Tea Time Tuesday/Teacup Tuesday/Lady Katherine's Tea/


  1. Score Diann! I happen to love that pattern. I can only imagine what you paid! :)
    xoxo Pattie

  2. I love Syracuse China, and your set is just gorgeous! And I'm so excited about that teapot! I'm positive my Mom has one of those. I remember it from when I was little, but I haven't seen it in years. Can't wait to ask her about it!
    Happy Monday!

  3. Diann I love this pattern! I have never seen it and what a find girl!! I did not know all that about Syracuse as I am only familiar with their restaurant ware. Great post and I love how the teapot goes with the colors. Wonderful post!!

  4. Wow, your new china is just fabulous and such a pretty pattern and colors. I think it would mix with so many colors. I love your tablescape at the camp ground. I think you did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for joining the party. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  5. OH MY GOODNESS!!! It's Beautiful and let me "WARN" you Syracuse china is VERY addictive... I have several sets, and on my blog you can see my little set of "Brittany Cottage", that I spend NUMEROUS day, months, and years hunting for... it is SO durable you are going to LOVE IT!!! I have several different sets... The Old Ivory also has some different patterns... I'm presently looking for Madam Butterfly in the Old Ivory... You have displayed it SO beautifully...

  6. Hello Diann,

    I love this pattern! I saw it somewhere in blogland a few months back and have been looking for it ever since. Your teapot looks good with it.

    ~ Tracy

  7. Love it when something special shows up at a garage sale or an estate sale, and the price is right!

  8. Very pretty! Even looks like it would work with a red, white and blue theme-enjoy!

  9. Diann, it is lovely. I like the navy blue in it and the peacock in the center. I wonder what fellow campers think you are doing with china?

  10. Holy Camolie You did it again! Okay, I'm making up words now, Diann, but Gee Wilikers, you sure do have an amazing nose for finds, Dear! I really, really wish I could go to the places you go and find the things you find. I did find some lovely blue transferware, though. If you want to check it out you'll have to go to:

    Wow! and Wow! again.

    I love that you posted the history behind it all again, too. I enjoy that so much when you do it. I love learning new things and this is such a fun way to do it.

    Happy future hunting, my bloggy friend, and I know you're going to just love those new dishes. Just beautiful.


  11. What a wonderful pattern, Diann, and I love the teapot! It looks really nice with the china! You're a great bargain hunter. Have a lovely week.


  12. are the queen of thrifty! I LOVE these, very pretty :)


  13. Girl I want to go shopping with do come up with the best things and the price is always so right love it...that china is to die 4 beautiful Diann...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  14. Hi Diann..another beautiful post..everything you do is always so inspiring..i look forward to your posts! yay..such treasures! LOvely!!

  15. What a great steal, I mean deal!!! Cant wait to see the tablescape!

  16. That is such an exquisite china, Diann. You scored BIG time again girl! I have a set with similar design but I think mine might be a Hammersley or Aynsley, can't remember which one. Nice that you found some info about them too. I like the bid of paradise in them...Christine

  17. Hi Diann
    What a beautiful china!
    you always buying nice things huh?
    You are very lucky, and very good taste also. I first went into a garage sale in a big city nearby ...I was silly... just bought two cups , are in my blog .. ...but it was very good ...only sales that were very expensive.... and the money was little rsrsrsr
    Tina (Sonhar e Realizar)

  18. Those are beautiful. I have seen those before and they are very pricey. Even at the $29.00 it would have been a good deal. Congrats on you find.

  19. What a pretty patten, not sure I have seen that one before...I will keep an eye out for dinner plates, you never know when you will find one!

  20. I never new how special Syracuse China was till I started blogging. I grew up not far from the factory and my Uncle actually worked there for over 40 years. The original factory is still in operation today, but they have been bought out many times over. The last I know they operated under Pazlcraft(I don't think I spelled it correctly). When we were kids my mom would take us to the outlet store across the street from the factory and she would buy dishes for pennies, so we always had oodles of it around. I now appriciate it a lot more and have a very nice set of it. I guess it is that way with everything.


  21. I so love your whole set china and I love your teapot too! Great find!

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  22. Great photos! I know you like to participate in the tabletop meme at Marty's, so I wanted to tell you that tomorrow I'll have a meme too, that I think you will love! It's called Vignette Friday's, and it's all about tabletop vignettes, bookcase vignettes, garden vignettes - any vignette you set up, photograph, and want to share! If you're interested, please stop by! EVERYONE is welcome to participate, but I really hope you do! :) Thanks, and I'm looking forward to seeing your vignette!


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