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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Watertown Balmoral Melmac Connecticut Made

Photo Courtesy and Melmac Available at Etsy shop SwanVintageFinds

This lovely colleciton of Watertown Balmoral Melmac belongs in a museum all it's own. Designed by Jon Hedu for Watertown Manufacturing Company in Connecticut, we often find mostly Watertown Lifetime Ware.  The Balmoral was a different line and is somewhat harder to find, and little is known about it.  From above, it may look a lot like the ultra popular Watertown Lifetime Ware, until you see the cool retro handles!

Oh yeah, a style all it's own. Buy this collection for $45 at SwanVintageFinds!
Backstamp courtesy of SwanVintageFinds.
Collecting Watertown can be fun.  The earliest sighting of it according to Plastic Living's wonderful Plasti-holic Christopher McPherson is 1946. We know sometimes in the early 1960's did Northern Chemical Company of Boston (the ones who made my favorite Russel Wright Residential, Read about them here) buy the dinnerware lines from Watertown, but soon after both lines produced by the company vanished. POOF, just like that. (Unless you count the Canadian-lookalikes...)  That gives Watertown a 1946-1962ish or so run.   In a nutshell, that's a solid 15 year window of production. Considering the pieces that are still in circulation one can say this is very popular. This line was well made, heavy duty and has a whole lot of Melmac in the plates and cups.  Get them now before they dry up!

You may also like: 

Watertown Lifetime Ware Set in Translucent Blue $65 at Retrochalet.

Lifetime Plate Collection, $18, Cedar Run Vintage on Etsy.


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