Dish me up, Partner

Submitted by Michael Ely May 24th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

This wonderful and campy cowboy china was produced in the 1940’s and 1950’s by Wallace China, once one of the largest suppliers of hotel china in the West. Most of these pieces were part of Wallace’s Westward Ho western themed lines which included the patterns Rodeo, Boots & Saddle, Longhorn and Pioneer Trails. The salt and pepper shakers and the ashtray were made by Wallace specifically for Rod’s Steak House, a restaurant which still exists to this day in Williams, Arizona (Gateway to the Grand Canyon) off of the famous mother road Route 66.

3 Responses to “Dish me up, Partner”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’ve collected a couple pieces of this through the years but never realized they were made for a hotel not to mention a steakhouse that still exists on Route 66. I think it’s a beautiful set and it’s fantastic you have so many pieces including the S&P’s.

    • Michael Ely

      Yes indeed, Rod’s Steak House has been in business since 1946 and is still going strong. They are famous for their T-bone steaks and prime rib au jus (which you order off of a cow-shaped menu), although as a vegetarian, I wouldn’t know!

      The restaurant’s large cow sign out front is well-known in neon circles, and you can order all kinds of souvenirs from them including license plates, keychains and pieces of cowboy china with Rod’s famous cow pattern (now manufactured by Syracuse China).

  2. denny

    Okay, I need to take a tablet for this post! These are wonderful. i would put this set on my side of the dining room table.