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Vernon Kilns Coronado

Between roughly 1936-39, Vernon Kilns produced a premium line based off of Early California called Coronado. Premium lines were sold through gas stations and grocery stores: For every purchase you made at the store, you would receive coupons for free or reduced price dinnerware items. Coronado was a short set – meaning that only select pieces were offered. Coronado originally came in five Early California colors, red, yellow, brown, green, and blue, and exclusively offered in light green, light blue, peach, and pink. Some of the pieces – cups, creamer, and sugar – were redesigned later in the line.

Known pieces include: 6.5″ dessert plate, 9.5″ luncheon plate, 5.5″ fruit bowl, 7.5″ soup bowl, 9″ serving bowl, tumblers, coffee carafe with lid, 12.5″ platter, salt & pepper shakers, sugar bowl, and creamer. They can be found with a marked with variety of backstamps or unmarked.

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