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.