Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aristocrat Handpainted Fine China - made in Japan

October 2012 - Update... I'm interested in replacing the broken pieces of this set.  If you have this china set for sale, please email me at
In spring 1977, I bought Aristocrat 5 ply stainless steel waterless pots and pans for $700 CAD. This fine bone china and a eight place setting of surgical steel flatware were included with the cookware.  I was told during the sales pitch (door-to-door) that the gold paint was 24k gold.  They are not dishwasher or microwave safe.
I had an eight place setting of dinner plates, soup bowls, desert bowls, salad/bread plates, cups, saucers, creamer/sugar set, gravy boat with plate, vegetable bowl and turkey platter. The salesman told me there was a 50 year open stock.  Unfortunately, I do not know when the 50 years ended!  Initially, (life before dishwashers) we used them daily  as they are lovely.  In about six months some of the soup bowls and dinner plates got chipped.  When we bought our first home in 1982, we had an automatic dishwasher.  The Royal Rose was packed away in boxes from 1982 to 1987. In September 1987 we moved into our newly built home in Brandon complete with a built-in china cabinet.  Unpacking the box of china was just like Christmas!  The china was displayed in our dinning room from 1987-2001.  In June 2001, I served a grade 12 graduation dinner for our son Jason on the china.  Shannon (daughter) was amazed we could actually eat off the china as she assumed it was just for display only.
After the grad party in 2001, I tried without success to find replacement pieces on internet. I could not find any information about this particular china pattern at all.  So if anyone reading this blog is able to help me out, that would be fantastic!

The waterless cookware was guaranteed for life and 33 years later we still use it daily.  Awesome pots and pans.. just awesome.
These are difficult to photograph because of the light reflecting off the stainless steel.

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  1. My folks bought some similar waterless cookware in the late '60s, early '70s. Dad's still using it today. Your dishes are pretty!

  2. I love your china! The shapes of all the pieces make it look very sleek and "mid-century."

    My husband and I were given a set of similar waterless cookware when we got married in the late 1960s, and we still have (and use) several of the pieces today. I especially love the Dutch oven (or spaghetti pot, as I think of it). Wish I could find something like it today.

    Have a great day, and Happy Summertime! from Joy @ Joysweb

  3. I have never seen your delightful china before. Collecting china is a virtue of course. ~olive

  4. Such a sweet story! Your china is lovely, I'm sorry I've never heard of it before. Have you looked online at Replacements?

    Good luck on your search and Happy VTT!

  5. It's a beautiful set. I hope you find the pieces that you are looking for. They have to be out there somewhere!

  6. Wonderful china...that is the icing on the cake for that deal!! I love the rose....Have a great VTT!

  7. Great set of china! Good luck finding the replacements you need :)


  8. what an awesome cookware! and the fine china dishes are just lovely! welp, you invest in good quality things, it shall last you for life! thanks for sharing and happy vTT

  9. The first saucepan I got was stainless steel. I'm not sure, but I think it was supposed to be waterless. I couldn't cook right in it, so I gave up on it and have been using "nonstick" pans only.

  10. The pattern on the china is lovely, very unique. Happy Vintage Weekend.

  11. I love the design on that china, very pretty.

  12. Hi There,

    I have the exact same 8 piece china set as you. I was given the china by my aunt a few years ago, and only use it on special occassions is always on display in my china cabinet. She also gave me a set of silverware she purchased with the china. I do beleive she purchased the china in the 70's. If you are interested in seeing my china let me know and I can send you some


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