Many presidential administrations order unique State China Services for use in Official White House entertaining. The designs reflect changing tastes of presidential families. In 1846, during the administration of President James K. Polk, a French porcelain dinner and dessert service was purchased from Alexander Stewart & Co. in New York. The plates are white with gilded rims molded in scrolls. The red, white, and blue shield of the United States is included on the rim of every plate. The Dessert plates are decorated with an apple green border and a variety of boldly painted flowers. This whimsical felt ornament features that same pattern on a teapot and would look perfect on any tree.
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