What is Coventry dinnerware and who makes it? - you would be amazed at how many people ask this question. Information online has always been scant with regard to Coventry Tableware - until now that is!
There have been four main ‘Coventry’ ranges produced by various
manufacturers in the past 40 years, only two of which are current lines,
the other two are available only on the secondary market.
The first Coventry Dinnerware 'current' line is a mass produced but reasonably high quality and attractive line called 'The Coventry Collection' by PTS America.
PTS America do several patterns and sets within their 'Coventry' range, including Parthenon, Palace Garden, Athena Ivory, Athena Celedon, Fantasia and Secret Garden.
The second 'current' line is made by the legendary Gorham China. 'Coventry China', which Gorham started producing from 2003 onwards, is imported from Indonesian production.
There are two more 'Coventry' rages by different companies. They are "Coventry Casualstone" made by Homer Laughlin and a Japanese range called 'Coventry Fine China of Japan'.
More of these two later, but first a price check.
The prices shown in the graphic boxes below are all in US dollars. 'For UK, Cananda and Australia Coventry China online auction value price guide, click here.
OK, so the graphic boxes on the left are showing the current bid prices for live auctions actually happening right now (live) on eBay.
If you scroll your mouse over an item without clicking, it expands the photo and shows the current price (or the buy-it-now) price.
This is a real quick way of gauging value quickly.
The top box is for Coventry china, the lower one is for Coventry Casualstone.
If you want to follow an item to see the final winning bid, you just click on the photo and this will take you through directly to the listings page.
As mentioned above, the legendary Gorham China also make a 'Coventry China'. They started producing from this 2003 onwards, is imported from Indonesian production.
You can click here: Gorham Coventry China
to check out any current online deals from Ebay on this particular
range at this time (sometimes you can get a brand new perfect set for
secondary prices). If nothing shows when you click - there is no
Gorham is, of course, part of the Lenox group, a subsidiary of the Brown Forman Corp owners of Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort (which also has the Dansk trademark). You can find out more about Lennox and Dansk in my online guide here: A - Z China Manufacturers Guide.
Collectors might also come across a range branded as "Coventry Casualstone". This range was made in the 1970's and produced under contract by Homer Laughlin for J. & H. International Corp. (a.k.a. Jepcor International) of Chicago.
Homer Laughlin are famously known for their 'Fiesta' collection, but also contract manufacture for other trade names.
Jepcor International distributed a Coventry Dinnerware brand marketed as "Casualstone" tableware through mass market retailers as well as supermarkets. Homer Laughlin (Fiesta) was not involved in the marketing of this collection of Coventry Dinnerware. Previously there had been a collection called 'Amberstone' sold through the same channels.
Not to be confused with any of the above is 'Coventry Fine China of Japan'. Gorham have their own Japanware range, which can be identified by distinctive Gorham back stamping.
In appearance, Coventry Fine China Japan is almost indistinguishable from other collections marked as 'Fine China Japan' which can be branded under many different trademarks. For a selection of current online Ebay offerings, specifically on Coventry Fine China Japan, click on this link: Coventry Fine China Japan.
'Fine China Japan', was a term coined in the post war period by US importers. The market took advantage of the cheap, mass market, but high quality wares from the developing Japanese economy.
There were all manner of variation of this brand label, and these items can never be attributed to one individual maker or factory.
Some other examples of Fine Bone China trademarks are Kayson Fine China of Japan, Royal Court Fine China Japan, St. Regis Fine China Japan, Style House Fine China of Japan, Regal Fine China Japan, etc etc.
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