This listing is for Heather and includes the following bowls. Do not buy if you're not Heather!
I found a Ming Toy Restaurant in Waukegan, Illinois; a Ming Toy Café in Omaha, Nebraska; as well as a Ming Toy Chinese American Restaurant in San Mateo, California. There was also a Ming Toy Inn in Washington, D.C., in Cleveland Park’s restaurant row on Connecticut Avenue. So this really hard-to-find flip could have come from any of them, and possibly from others I didn’t find.
It is very, very unusual to find a flip with a pattern other than stripes or the hard-to-find Blue Willow pattern. And this is the first that I can think of that is backstamped for a particular restaurant. And then there is the color: also exceptional to find the rust stripe and tan, rust and black flowers. It’s gorgeous!
It’s also in very nice condition – clean and shiny – and with only very light wear to the body.
The lid shows plating loss down to the brass in spots, and there are, of course, myriad scratches from use and cleaning. The knob is tight and secure, and the lid opens and closes smoothly.
The bowl is 4 ¾” in diameter by about 3” high, not including knob.
Blue Willow flips don’t appear for sale very often, but I’m happy to have this extra in my collection to share. It is vitrified china – heavy restaurant ware – and was made by Jackson China. The lid was applied and likely distributed by Measuring Device Corp.
You can read more about them on my website: http://susan-phillips.com/jackson-2012.html
This bowl is the smaller size, 5 5/8” in diameter and about 3 high, not including the knob. It is in excellent condition – no chips or cracks and minimal wear. I see a couple of pinpoint glaze pops in the front near the rim (pictured below).
The lid is quite shiny in spite of the myriad scratches that is has (like all flips) from use and cleaning over the years. It has a small dent on the back side of the lid from where the knob has dropped back on it hundreds of times.
The bowl’s only flaw is that the lid does not close completely. This is a common problem and tends to seem more pronounced in photos.
This is a really nice example of this highly collectible pattern.