Come and Get It! The Saga of Western Dinnerware

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Come and Get It! The Saga of Western Dinnerware
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Come and Get It! The Saga of Western Dinnerware
Wommack, Linda
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Come and Get It! The Saga of Western Dinnerware | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 11:19:40 AM] Home Come and Get It! The Saga of Western DinnerwareCome and Get It! The Saga of Western DinnerwareSubmitted by nwharton on 9-27-2011 01:36 PMAuthor: Corinne Joy Brown Publishing: Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, 2011. 268 pages. Illustrations, photos, index. 10" x 9". $29.95 paperback. Reviewer: Linda Wommack What a treat! Pun intended. This book is perhaps the definitive work on the history of western dinnerware. Corinne Joy Brown not only takes the reader through the collectible aspects of such wares, she meticulously lays out, if you will, the history and purpose of the various pieces of a set of dinnerware. Throughout the book, her careful research provides interesting tidbits from the how-tos of collecting to the history of the iconic wares and the cultural threads of dinnerware and their place and semblance on the table. The history of western dinnerware dates to the 1940s, created for commercial and advertising purposes, inspired by the popularity of Western films. By the 1950s, television brought a host of western programs into the homes of Americans and made for fine family entertainment. Vernon Kilns of California created a fine set of western dinnerware to enhance the commercial success of the 1950 Hollywood Western film Winchester which starred James Stewart and Shelley Winters. The magnificent pieces were illustrated by renowned artist Paul Davison and include cowboys, rifles, horses, cattle, and roundup scenes. Highly collectible today, none of the pieces have the same design in a place setting, or in any of the accessory pieces. According to Brown, Davisons work reflects a level of craftsmanship and passion for the Old West that is second to none. Manufacturers of fine dinnerware, and even china, began producing western-themed dinnerware. Designs included bucking broncos, rodeo horses, and the most famous horse of all, Trigger. The horse is the main theme in fifteen of the collectible motifs. As Brown expertly points out, In my opinion, the horse most clearly represents the American West, bringing history and heritage as well as the majesty of the horse, into our homes (57). From noted manufacturers such as Holman China in 1948, to Wallace China in the 1950s, to Till Goodan carrying on in the 1960s, Brown chronicles the collectible aspects of western dinnerware in meticulous detail. This book points out patterns and various details for collecting these vintage pieces, as well as the valuable chapter western dinnerware plays in the history of the American West. Reviewer Info: Linda Wommack, a Colorado native, has authored six books on Colorado history. She writes for local publications as well as a monthly column in the national Wild West magazine, has been a contributing editor for True West magazine for fifteen years, and is a staff writer for Arizonas oldest continuing newspaper, The Tombstone Epitaph since 1994. EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanCasimiro Barela, state senator for over 37 years, fought to ensure Colorados first constitution was published in English, Spanish and German.