Help I.D. This Mid-Century Melamine Plate

Category: What on Earth!?

I'm helping out a local not-for-profit on this one. They were cleaning out the ancient kitchen in their basement and preparing to put boxes of items on Craigslist. I spotted these plates from across the room. They are magnificent.

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They are melamine with this awesome, organic mid-century modern design. And, get this, there are 22-24 of these plates. There are also beautiful, round aqua serving bowls (maybe eight of them?) and about eight or ten sleek, birch-colored gravy boats.

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The gravy boats look like a little bit like this but they are sleeker, like a Russel Wright piece, and they are a different color. They have the Melmac mark with the triangle and the number 045. The bowls and plates have no marks. I'll get pics of those soon.

I'm trying to figure out how to value these for them so they can a) sell them to someone who will love them dearly and, b) get a fair donation for them so that they can add to their currently slim building revitalization funds (they are trying to restore portions of their 1929 building).

Any ideas? Any Melmac or mid-century sleuths out there?


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Comments

I bet someone who reads Apartment Therapy would know.

There is a book on Melamine dinnerware, maybe your library has it.
Melmac Dinnerware (Paperback)
by Gregory R Zimmer

I'm betting this young lady would know. Her blog spot is: http://ranchredo.com/

I'm sorry, Jeanne... I meant the young lady at THIS site: http://jennskistudio.blogspot.com/

Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

 

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