Dimensions: 7 x 9 x 1 3/4 in. (17.8 x 22.9 x 4.4 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Members' Dining Room—located in the same rooms in the Capitol since 1858—used serving pieces produced by the Onondaga Pottery Company. The company produced “Syracuse china,” a type of vitreous dishware named for the location of the factory. The china was used extensively in hotels and restaurants due to its durability and chip-resistant rolled edges, a design element pioneered by the company. The vignette of the Capitol with a ribbon reading “House of Representatives” shows another of the company’s innovations: Onondaga Pottery was the first U.S. china company to have an in-house lithographic printer, which allowed for efficient production of custom-decorated dishware.