Manufacturer: Jackson China
User: Wedgwood Inn – Saint Petersburg, Florida
Date of saucer: circa 1946 – 1965
Notes: From Steven Koska: "Charles W. Creighton opened Creighton's Cafeteria in Ashville, N.C., in 1930 downstairs in the old Bon Marche building on Haywood Street. It was one of his first restaurant ventures. He later started famous restaurants in Florida including Creighton's in Fort Lauderdale, Johnston's Coffee Shop in Daytona and the Wedgwood Inn in St Petersburg. In 1937, he purchased Johnston's Coffee Shop and set out to make the best apple pie. A few years later in 1942 he was summoned from the kitchen to meet a customer who wanted to compliment him on his apple pie. That was how he first met Duncan Hines.
"Since that meeting all Creighton restaurants carried the Duncan Hines recommendation. In the 1960s Creighton was contracted by the Navy to advise on improving the food of navy ships, however he did not divulge his secret recipe for his famous apple pie. Charles Creighton told the story of meeting King Saud of Saudi Arabia. The King stopped into Creighton's restaurant with a party of 22 people. Ever the generous host Creighton gave the King an apple pie. The King thanked him with a gold wristwatch and gold ceremonial dagger."
In addition to the three restaurants mentioned above, Charles Creighton also opened two other Florida locations, Crieghton's International Restaurant in Riviera Beach and Wedgwood Inn's El Rancho Motor Lodge in Saint Petersburg. Creighton also ventured into Georgia with Mammy's Shanty and Pickaninny Coffee Shop next door in Atlanta.
The Wedgewood Inn Restaurant also had its own motel close by – El Rancho Motor Lodge – at 1701 Fourth Street South.
White body demi cup and saucer with turquoise lettering on the saucer and a lighter turquoise covering the outer surface of the demi cup except for the handle. The lettering around the rim of the saucer in Old English script reads as follows: "A Florida Sweet to Say Thank You Until We Meet Again." Around the saucer's indentation in matching turquoise are the words "Crighton's Restaurant – Fort Lauderdale"; "Johnston's Coffee Shop – Daytona Beach"; and "Wedgwood Inn – St. Petersburg." Although the demi cup in this entry looks like it might have been a "marriage" with this saucer, when looking online we found other examples of the same cup and saucer, some with and some without the perceived variations in turquoise shades.
For additional info:
Crieghton's Restaurant by Jackson China
Johnston's Coffee Shop by Jackson China
Creighton's International Restaurant by Jackson China
Mammy's Shanty – Pickaninny Coffee Shop by Sterling China and Jackson China
Mammy's Shanty – Pickaninny Coffee Shop 2 by Jackson China
Demi cup photos, ID, and research: Steven Koska
Author: Ed Phillips