Manufacturer: Mayer China
Pattern name: Arbor / King Pin
Date of coffee pot: 1965
Date of bowls (Mitchell Woodbury Co. distributor): Circa 1906 – circa 1940s
Notes: Known colors are red , blue, green, and black and the unusual pink and black with pink border.
An interesting but unsubstantiated story goes that this pattern was originally designed for use in a psychiatric facility where the patients served each other and they wanted a pattern that wouldn't show fingerprints.
An early undated Mayer catalog first lists this pattern as King Pin. A later 1964 catalog lists this as Arbor. It is not known when or why the name change occurred.
Chintz-like pattern of leaves and flowers, found on white, ivory and tan (Mayan Ware) bodies.
See Page 11 for King Pin: Mayer China Book of Decorations No. 10
See Page 43 for Arbor: Mayer China 1956 Catalog and Price Schedules
For related info:
Geranium by Buffalo China is very similar
Photos of blue bowls: Katherine Stolz Barber