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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bountiful Boontonware bonanza! (Status:Hometown score)

Just a few days prior to last Sundays Summer Flea, I drove to my hometown to deliver a desk to my father and to pick-up the Richardson Brother table, chairs and buffet (from the Peabody collection designed by Larry Peabody).  While there, I hit the Salvation Army store and found this huge 42 piece Boontonware set in the showcase; oh, it was also Wednesday, which means 50% off day!  Yea for me!
Boontonware was manufactured in Boonton New Jersey beginning in 1946 but, as of 2001, has been made in Ashtabula Ohio.  Yep, they still make Boontonware and it still all says "Made in Boonton N..J.; how can you tell if you have new Boontonware?  They currently only make six colors: white, almond, pastel green, blue, confetti green and confetti blue, any other color (like pink, for instance) should be vintage.  Apparently it is very popular with the Amish who appreciate it's sturdiness and inexpensive price.

 Anyway, I've often found random Boontonware pieces, even a few sets of plates, saucers and cups or the odd serving bowl but never such a complete set!  Look at all the serving pieces!
 A bread platter, a small covered bowl, salt and pepper
 Two different size gravy boats, three different size platters
 A covered sugar, open creamer, a covered butter dish
A divided serving bowl, a regular serving bowl and a lid that fits either!

All of those lovely pink serving pieces coordinate with the cool, jaunty flowered plates
and the white coffee cups (with handles in a different shape then I have ever seen on Boontonware cups) and pink saucers
plus, salad/ berry bowls and soup bowls

These have been used, some of the plates have a little staining and the platters have a few utensil marks, but they are still serviceable and should remain so for many years.
In the early 1950s, the use of plastic dinnerware was so widespread that Consumer Reports Magazine tested and rated the workmanship, construction and design in its January 1951 issue. Of the 12 brands tested, Boontware was “judged superior to all others,” edging out competition from Texas Ware, Arrowhead Ever Ware and Watertown Lifetime Ware. The engineers at Consumers Union noted Boontonware’s “excellent resistance to chipping and breaking” along with its “excellent durability in washing.”
(info pulled from: http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/10/bonntonware_still_popular_even.html)




7 comments:

  1. What a find! That's really a pretty set. I've never run across a full set like that either.

    It's amazing to me how well that type of plastic dinnerware and kitchenware has held up over the years. I still have two large Texas Ware bowls that I bought as a newlywed back in the 1960s, and they don't have a single chip or crack.

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  2. Great! Nothing like a good an mostly complete score on a set of dishes!

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  3. Good for you. What a great find.

    I rarely have luck in my local thrift stores. I swear they see me coming and hide the goodies.

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  4. Can you tell me how much you paid? I just purchased eight flowered plates and a matching serving platter for $30. I bought them because I love vintage dishes and wanted a fun set for summer so I don't care if the price was high, just curious. Thanks.

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    1. @kcindyjo- I paid $20 but it was half price day at the Salvation Army so the real price was $40

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  5. Any idea where/how to purchase the current Boontonware? I found a blue confetti serving bowl I love, maybe 4-5 years ago at Meijer- open stock on the shelf. I can't find more anywhere, and I've spent hours online searching.

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