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The Royal China Company
In 1934, the Royal China Company began production in the old E. H. Sebring China Company plant located in Sebring, Ohio. Early production included dinnerware patterns in groups called "series." The patterns in a series varied from year to year. Also, shapes within a series were not always the same and the same pattern was often used in several series. Therefore, determining what pieces were made in early patterns is quite difficult. Also, fire in 1970 that destroyed all of the early records, has impeded researchers in their efforts to piece together the history of this company. Numeous collectors are interested in three colonial-style dinnerware lines produced by Royal China. These are "Currier and Ives," Colonial Homestad and Old Curiosity Shop. "Currier and Ives" is colored transferware on an ivory background that was adapted for Royal China use by Gorden Parker. It was introduced in 1949 and continued to be sold into the 1980's. Colors made include blue, green, brown and pink. Large department store retail outlets and catalog giants such as Sears and Montgomery Ward helped to make this pattern tremendously successful for Royal. The pattern was also distributed as a premium through the A & P Grocery chain. Gorden Parker also designed Colonial Homestead and Old Curiosity Shop. Colonial Homestead was introduduced in the early 1950's and was still being sold by Sears in the late 1960's. Old Curiosty Shop was sold primarily during the 1950's. The Royal China Company bought the French-Saxon China Company of Sebring in 1964. This plant was initially operated as a subsidiary company, but it became the center of Royal China operations after the fire in 1970. In 1969, the Jeannette Corporation bought Harker China and Royal China. Royal China assumed control of Harker production until that plant closed in 1972. The Jeannette Corporation and all of its holdings was bought by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York in 1976. In 1981, Royal China was sold tothe J Corporation, a group of private investors from Boston. Another change of ownership came in 1984 when the plant was sold to Nordic Capital of New York. The Royal China name was retained through all these changes of ownership. By 1986 the company was no longer in production.

The information for this article was taken from the book "Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain, and Clay" by Lois Lehner. This book has a wealth of information on pottery companies and should be in every dealers library.