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Vintage Marshall Field & Company Iroquois Bread Plate

Vintage Marshall Field & Company Iroquois Bread Plate

$8.00

A recently discovered and rare local treasure, this Vintage Marshall Field & Company Bread Plate was produced by the long-defunct Iroquois China Company of New York for one of Chicago's most (if not the most) iconic department stores. 

Iroquois China Company was founded in 1905 and quickly outgrew its original premises, moving swiftly into the former home of the Syracuse China Company. Indeed, within five years of opening, the flourishing producer had created quite a stir among the fledgling American hospitality industry which noted that "china made in this part of New York is found on the tables of a large proportion of the best hotels in the country.”

By 1930 the company was producing a staggering 4.5 million pieces annually. Nearly every hotel or restaurant from coast-to-coast served their fare on Iroquois plates. A peerless reputation for high quality extended overseas, making the company one of America's first international manufacturing success stories. 

This versatile bread plate with its cheerful, geometric pattern was produced in 1927 as bespoke restaurantware for State Street's Marshall Field & Co. In the Pembrook pattern, it would have been a familiar site for diners in one of the department store's 7 distinctive restaurants, which could seat up to 2,500 guests at one time. 1920s Marshall Field's shoppers were spoiled for culinary choice among the Narcissus Fountain Room, the North Grill Room, the South Grill (famously known as the Walnut Room - named after the room's Circassian Walnut paneling), the Wabash Avenue Tea Room, the Colonial Quick Service Tea Room, the Wedgwood Room, and the Men’s “Grill” in the Store for Men. 

With lovely color and an ever-fresh motif, these commercial-grade plates are as charming as ever. Sturdy, reliable, and classic, serve your guests in true Chicago style with these delightful vintage Marshall Field's souvenirs from a time gone by.


Strictly limited quantities and subject to prior sale. Microwave, Dishwasher and Oven Safe. 6.5" in diameter.

Learn More About Marshall Field & Co.

“As Chicago as it Gets.”

 

In the beginning there was Marshall Field's, a dry goods concern that grew to be thirty-six acres of everything money could buy.  The humble beginnings of Marshall Field’s can actually be traced back to 1852, but the department store (or emporium as Mr. Field insisted it be called) that Chicago would love so dearly was born in 1868 when Field leased a storefront at State and Washington - the location of what would eventually become the Marshall Field’s flagship store, occupying an entire city block within the loop in downtown Chicago.

With the first European buying office, bridal registry, personal shoppers, animated themed windows on display for Christmas, Marshall Field’s was a true pioneer in its industry, creating a lasting experience for a customer - reaching customers with services more than just products.

Among the "firsts" by Marshall Field's was the concept of the department store tea room. In the 19th century, ladies shopping downtown returned home for lunch; having lunch at a downtown restaurant unescorted by a gentleman was not considered ladylike. But after a Marshall Field's clerk named Mrs. Herring shared her lunch - a chicken pot pie - with a tired shopper, Field's hit on the idea of opening a department store tea room, so that women shoppers would not feel the need to make two trips to complete their shopping. The Walnut Room (originally called the South Grill Room) opened its doors in 1907 with Mrs. Herring's chicken pot pie on the menu. With a splendor all its own, the Walnut Room was the first of its kind - men had their gentlemen's clubs, women had the Walnut Room.

Fast forward a century later, and the Marshall Field and Company Building at State and Washington Streets in Chicago was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. With approximately two million square feet of available floor space, the building is the second-largest department store in the United States.

Acquired by Macy's on February 1, 2006, Chicagoans and beloved customers of Marshall Field's hold dear the wonderful history and magical offerings of the truly one-of-a-kind, Marshall Field's. Chicago has been in mourning ever since the sale to Macy’s. How can one not grieve for a department store whose slogan was "Give the lady what she wants"?

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