The Official White House State Dinner China of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Doud Eisenhower are particularly coveted pieces. Why? Because a total of Only 120 pieces were ever ordered by Mamie Doud Eisenhower for Official use in the White House. Mrs. Eisenhower's reason for making such a decision was because there was no justified need for a complete set due to the recent orderings from Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. But the Eisenhower's felt it was Important to at least have their own Representation permanently in The White House Collection. Thus, no other fill-in pieces were ordered by the Eisenhower's other than The Imposing 11.5" Service Plates. The total of 120 Stunning Pieces were received, at The White House, in 1955.
MAMIE & DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CHOSE THIS DRAMATIC SERVICE PLATE-IN 1955-TO BECOME THEIR OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA
Important Historical Note: The entire Rims of the Eisenhower Service Plates are covered with Pure Coin Gold in an embossed diamond pattern. This expensive process of the Gold Firing to the wide-band Rims required an Impressive Eight separate Firings.....an extremely expensive process. This had to be done in order to achieve the desired finish of such Extraordinary Pure Gold Elegance.
VERSO MARKINGS OF THE GOLD RIMMED OFFICIAL STATE DINNER SERVICE-BY CASTLETON-AS SELECTED BY THE EISENHOWER'S
Interestingly, the Eisenhower's moved away from the precedent-setting direction of choosing the renowned Lenox China Co. (Lenox had been previously chosen by The White House from 1918 to 1955). Castleton was then called upon by The White House, as well as The First Family, and they showed they were up to the challenge in 1955.
- DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AND MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER TOGETHER AT GETTYSBURG FARM
Several pieces of this Extraordinary Set of 120 Official State Dinner pieces have made their way into the Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, also known as The American Heritage Collection. In order to see other examples of Presidential pieces, of Official White House China, simply go to Mr. Amyx's website of www.AmericanHeritage1.com.
HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2009