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Pacific Pottery Arcadia

Pacific Pottery Arcadia Colors

Pacific Pottery Arcadia Colors

Pacific Pottery Arcadia Dinnerware

Around 1937-38 Pacific Pottery launched two new dinnerware lines, Arcadia and Coralitos, while still continuing to produce Hostess Ware. During the late 1930s, consumer tastes were shifting, and with dinnerware trends tending to follow overall design trends, pottery manufacturers began to tone down the bright colors in favor of pastel hues and lighter body ware. Arcadia was a short set (limited pieces) offered in six matte colors: deep blue, delph, green, yellow, rose and ivory (official color names are not known). Arcadia included standard individual pieces and a limited range of serving pieces.

Pieces in the set include:

  • E4 Teacup
  • E5 Saucer
  • E43 Bowl, Fruit 6″
  • E? Bowl, Cereal, 7″ (footed)
  • E? Plate, B&B, 6″
  • E8 Plate, Salad, 7″
  • E9 Plate, Luncheon, 9″
  • E? Plate, Dinner, 10″
  • E? Plate, Chop, 12″
  • E29 Carafe
  • E45 Tumblers
  • E47 Pitcher, 1-pint
  • E48 Pitcher, 1-quart
  • E? Bowl, Serving, 9″ (footed)
  • E? Platter, Oval, 12″
  • E? Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • E? Butter with Lid
  • E? Teapot
  • E2 Sugar with Lid
  • E3 Creamer

Arcadia Marks

Arcadia features several types of marks, not all labeled with Pacific, making it challenging to identify the manufacturer if you’re not familiar with the line. Items may be found with a backstamp or an in-mold mark. There are three variations of the in-mold mark – the first (shown below) features the piece number with “Made in USA.” Other in-mold marks may feature “Pacific” or “Arcadia” above the piece number.

Pacific Pottery Arcadia Backstamp

Pacific Pottery Arcadia Backstamp

Pacific Pottery Arcadia In-Mold Mark "E"

Pacific Pottery Arcadia In-Mold Mark “E”

Like most Pacific Pottery, Arcadia is categorized by piece numbers that begin with “E” and most items feature the piece number with the in-mold mark. At some point around 1940, Pacific Pottery switched pretty much exclusively to the backstamp, and piece numbers are no longer featured (this applies to Hostess Ware as well).

Dura-Rim & Dura-Tone

Pacific Pottery Dura-Tone Ad - March 1941

Pacific Pottery Dura-Tone Ad – March 1941

Pacific Pottery Dura-Tone Place Setting

Pacific Pottery Dura-Tone Place Setting

By early 1940, Pacific Pottery adds a new line called “Dura-Rim” based off of the Arcadia shape. Dura-Rim, as you can assume from the name, features a thicker edge (apparently, the thinner Arcadia line was prone to chipping). Another feature of Dura-Rim is the embossed Lily of the Valley on the pieces. Dura-Rim can be found in six matte glazes (yellow, ivory, green, delph, peach, white). Dura-Rim features the Pacific backstamp used on later pieces (1940+) and is not typically in-mold marked. Dura-Rim was also produced in a duo-tone pattern called Dura-Tone. The two tone combinations includes pink, blue, green and yellow borders with a satin white center as well as a blue border with rose colored center.

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