Monday, October 15, 2012
This HUGE Set Of Canonsburg Temporama Dinnerware Popped Up On Craigslist Friday Afternoon. I Couldn't Resist. Status: Added To The Vast Collection.
OK, so I talk a big game about searching craigslist without using keyword, but for real...I still do it. I DO, in fact, miss a thing or two by plowing headlong through reams and reams of ads to find those what lack the oh so useful keywords. Would have missed these had I not...and that would have been sad.
You might remember, if you've been reading Mr. Modtomic for a while, that I've kinda / sorta
been half heartedly trying to get a collection started of this pattern - Temporama by Canons-
burg - for a while. This small "set" you see above is all I've been able to put together up until
now. Three dinner plates, a pair of teacups and a chop plate. Sad really, don't ya think?
So when a big, full, fat - if unfinished - collection showed up on craigslist I had a decision to
make. It wasn't cheap but it was still bargain priced when you tally it all up. But I DO prefer
to find my collections bit by bit and cobble it all together myself. It's all good though, there are
a few bits and pieces I've got to come up with to fill it out. Counting the 3 dining plates I
already had I have a total of 11 now. Coincidentally, I've also got 11 of the desert plates!
The goal now is to have a complete setting for 12. I've got 10 of these berry bowls and 8
bread plates. It's not like I've done a ton of research on this pattern in the past but I didn't
even know that there were solid robins egg blue pieces in this pattern. I wasn't sure that they
were actually part of the set at first.
Seeing the cap on the coffee pot and sugar bowl put that question out of my mind. They are
a dead match. Plus I looked around on eBay a little while ago and there were lots of bits and
pieces there in the robins egg blue. And well, there's that blue in the pattern itself. That MIGHT
have been a clue. It was such a coup to find a set with all these serving pieces and in absolutely
perfect condition! Made Mr. Modtomic a happy man.
So yeah, here's where I'll be doing some searching, scrounging, begging and trading. I've only
got 3 cereal / soup bowls! Saturday morning my good friend Illuminate and I were staking out
an estate sale and when I showed her the ad for the set she wondered why there were only the
3 coup bowls. My theory is that kids use cereal bowls more so than adults, and who breaks
more dishes than kids? There are also a pair of serving bowls in this set. I use bowls like this
for Pho and Ramen all the time! Mr. Modtomic is a growing boy and he needs his big ol' bowl
Before I set the dishes up to photograph I had to wash the dust off a few of them. After I dried
them and started setting them up I had the big blue gravy boat saucer sitting on the table sans
gravy boat. I had washed it and put it in a different place and consequently forgot about it. I
was all like, "what the heck goes on this big saucer? Nothing fits!" After scratching my head
and furrowing by brow for a few minutes I finally spotted the gravy boat and felt kinda dumb.
Here's something weird, I've got 12 teacups (14 with the two I already had!) but only 10 tea-
cup saucers. Seems like you always end up with much more saucers than teacups. Not so
Look at the size of that BIG chop plate! I can pile tons of chops on that baby! The set is far
from complete but this large lot goes a LONG way towards getting Temporama out of my
system. You should have seen me scouring eBay for a big Franciscan Starburst salad serving
bowl after I missed out on one that I lost to a higher bidder at an antique auction a few years
ago. Once a pattern sinks it's teeth into me, it's hard to get free!