Lady Bird Johnson, with the President of United States in tow, selected this exquisite example as their Official White House China in 1967. Featured below is an 11 5/8" Service Plate, manufactured by Castleton China, a subsidiary of Shenango. Lady Bird Johnson took hands-on interest in the Decorative Theme, including each wildflower, in attempt to recognize the State Flower of each of our American States, which appears on the border of most LBJ pieces. The First Lady, after careful thought, reintroduced the Old Eagle style Shield.
STUNNING 11 5/8" LYNDON B. JOHNSON SERVICE PLATE FROM THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX
When Lady Bird Johnson made the determination to order the First State Dinner China since Harry S Truman in 1951, The President and First Lady made a radical departure from the ever reliable Lenox Company. The First Lady contacted Tiffany and Company of New York, as a Lady Bird Johnson coveted their highly respected design input.
THE TIFFANY VERSO MARKINGS EMBLAZONED ON THE WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON
Also, there was going to be another American First. The Johnsons made a determination to purchase their exquisite White House China by using funds other than a Government Tax Based Appropriation.
LADY BIRD JOHNSON'S CHOICE OF THE DRAMATIC EAGLE AS A SHIELD FOR THE JOHNSON WHITE HOUSE CHINA - AN EAGLE DESIGN FIRST CHOSEN BY JAMES MONROE & LATER BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN
By May of 1967, Lady Bird Johnson had decided the main decorative theme of this new selection of White House China was to be the Above Eagle, but it would be in the formation of the Eagle that had been first used on the White House China personally chosen by James Monroe. However, Mrs. Johnson's inclusion of Wild Flowers from all over the United States (see Border of the above featured Johnson Service Plate), was to become an Emphasized Principal Theme. This was very much in keeping with the First Lady's Special Theme throughout The Administration of Lyndon B. Johnson - known as The Beautification of The United States of America.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND LADY BIRD JOHNSON JUST PRIOR TO A STATE DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE JOHNSON WHITE HOUSE SERVICE WAS TO BE IN OFFICIAL USE
Featured above is a 11 5/8" Service Plate from The White House China Collection. This exemplary example is now in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. This piece is just one of several Johnson variations that appear in The Collection of Mr. Amyx. The existence of these Rare White House China pieces was not known until 2011.
HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010