Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another from Last Night's State Dinner at The White House

This photo from last night's State Dinner shows, indeed, the Eisenhower chargers made by Castleton. With such a large gathering, china from the Esienhower, Clinton, and G.W. Bush adminsitrations had to be used. Whatever place setting you may have had, it was sure to be stylish! (NY Times photo)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Table is Set for Tonight's State Dinner

Clinton china chargers ...looking a lot like the Eisenhower chargers....set for tonight's State Dinner at The White House. (AP photo)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Can't make it to Philadelphia this weekend?

If you can't make it to the Main Line Antique Show this weekend....

....maybe you will be able to check out the exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science an Industry. The Museum of Science and Industry's new temporary exhibit, "The White House: A Look Inside," offers a photographic timeline including authentic artifacts from administrations throughout history, ranging from White House china to holiday cards. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a detailed replica of the White House. Opening with "Christmas Around the World" and "Holidays of Light" on Friday, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Call 773-684-1414 or visit

Friday, November 20, 2009

More Main Line White House China

Calling it the 'major draw' the White House China exhibit 'Dinner Is Served" portion of this weekend's Main Line Antique Show continues to draw plenty of attention.

Check out this article from today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dinner is Served: On White House China

Here's link to the local newspaper article for the upcoming Main Line Antique Show, to be held this weekend. See the post below. No doubt it's going to be a terrific event.

Lucky are the ones who are able to attend.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lincoln China....recreated

I know we've posted things on our production before....but I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful recreations that our talented employees produce. We are frequently asked about our production process and we are very proud of the work our associates do.....and we think that having them produced here in America makes a nice difference, too.

Below are the components to a Lincoln plate and above you see our friend Katie applying the decals. From there, the decorated plate is moved to a rack in the kilns and fired, permently fusing the design to the plate itself.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Great Chance to View Presidential China

One of our good friends, Set Momjian and his lovely wife Joan, will be displaying some of their White House China collection at the upcoming Main Line Antiques Show, being held Nov 21-22nd in Wayne, PA.

Certainly the finest private collection of White House China in the country today, this is sure to be a fantastic exhibition.

Here's a link to the show website:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Good Deal....

In honor of Veteran's Day, the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA is admission free (normally $10) today. They have special events planned, along with an awards presentation and concerts. The exhibits at the Nixon Library are always first rate and they always display plenty of White House China in their gift shop. And, for the record....the Nixons did not have their own china pattern.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Smithsonian: Museum of American History

With an opportunity to pay a quick visit to the Smithsonian Institution's American History Museum, it was gratifying to see that one of the most popular (at least today) exhibits there was "The American Presidency".
The entire exhibit on our Presidency was jammed with visitors, young and old, which was also great to see.

Lincoln's stovepipe hat, Washington's chair, and many, many other Presidential artifacts are on display with well-written informational laques accompanying each vignette. Some of my favorite items are the items from our Presidents' role as commander-in-chief: President Andrew Jackson's sword from his Louisiana campaign in the War of 1812....President Dwight Eisenhower's miltary uniform....and, even the furniture from the meeting room of the Civil War surrender of the South at Appomattox, with President U.S. Grant. Each amazing in their own right....all together in a fantastic exhibit.

There was even a small section devoted to the china collections of various presidents. Of course, we would always prefer to see larger displays of china (ok, we are partial for a reason), the current showing seems appropriate given all the other terrific items on diplay. From left to right: LBJ dinner plate (with the flower of the 'state' of Dist of Columbia flower inthe center); Reagan China charger plate with presidential seal at 12 o'clock; Hayes dinner plate; Monroe dinner plate;
On the shelve below: Pierce tall compote; John Adams sauce boat;

And, finally...our favorite part of the museum - the gift shop with the display of Woodmere's White House Collection. The store was busy - nice to see - and the pretty young clerk was excited to tell me that she had just sold a Great Seal bowl a few minutes before. Very nice.

Add the Smithsonian's Museum of American History to your list of stops on your next visit to our Nation's capitol.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dining at Monticello: Thomas Jefferson Shows Us How He Entertained

In this coming season where you will most assuredly be welcoming guests to your table, why not combine food and history by getting a copy of "Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance". You will initially be captured by the great photography and then, by the wonderful recipes - some written in Jefferson's own hand. Showcasing the many culinary tastes of Thomas Jefferson, this is a terrific book for the food lover in your life. Edited by Damon Lee Fowler, Dining at Monticello came out a couple of years ago that's true. But, these classic recipes will always be in style. You will especially appreciate all the attention to detail in the accompanying historical notes.

And round out the complete Monticello meal ....why not use Woodmere's Jefferson dinner plates? Here's a link to our entire collection:
You will see our attention to authentic detail by some of the beautiful photographs in the book! You can find it at, and other fine book outlets everywhere.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lincoln Wedding Day

Happy Anniversary!

Today is the 167th wedding anniversary for President and Mrs. Lincoln. Anybody know what the right gift is for that anniversary?

I don't believe the picture is of Mrs. Lincoln in her wedding dress, but it looks pretty fancy all the same.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday "Insider" Promotion

"A penny saved is a penny earned" according to our old friend Ben Franklin.

Well, it's great to see so many of our website friends saving as they continue to round out their Woodmere collections with our current Holiday "Insider" Promotion. We've always known that our customers were quick to spot a great deal!