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Bowl

Bowl
Creator: Henriot Quimper
Date: between 1917 and 1942
"Mistral Blue" pattern Henriot Quimper ceramic bowl. This bowl is part of set made in France and owned by Virginia Bostick McArthur (1888-1977). As a child, she lived near Salt Creek in Reno County. She later married Vernon McArthur and moved to Hutchinson, Kansas.


Bride's bowl

Bride's bowl
Creator: Wilcox Silver Plate Company
Date: between 1880 and 1910
Glass bowl on silverplate base. Exterior of bowl is turquoise with hand-painted decorations, interior is pink. Base is decorated with three cherubs working as blacksmiths to forge arrows. Maker's mark from the Wilcox Silver Plate Company of Meriden, Connecticut on underside. Also called an epergne, an ornate glass and silver fruit bowl often served as the center piece of a Victorian dinner table. They were also frequently given as wedding gifts to a new bride.


Child's bowl

Child's bowl
Creator: Noritake
Date: between 1914 and 1921
This child's porcelain bowl on three feet is hand painted with a repeating pattern of a crouching bunny in a rust-colored jacket. Marked Noritake / Nippon, this bowl was made in Japan prior to 1921.


Prisoner of war bowl

Prisoner of war bowl
Date: between 1942 and 1945
Aluminum bowl with Japanese characters on the bottom. The bowl belonged to Colonel James C. Hughes, whom the Japanese held as a prisoner of war (POW) during World War II. Hughes had few possessions while in the camps; this bowl was among them. The etching on the bowl indicates that he used it while in Tarlac, a province in the Philippines. Tarlac was home to Camp O'Donnell, a prisoner of war camp that was the end destination for men on the Baatan Death March. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. In 1942, he was captured by the Japanese on the Bataan peninsula and spent the next 41 months in various Japanese POW camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Prisoner of war bowl

Prisoner of war bowl
Date: between 1942 and 1945
Aluminum bowl with Japanese characters on the bottom. "JHC PW TARLAC" is crudely etched into one side of the bowl. The bowl belonged to Colonel James C. Hughes, whom the Japanese held as a prisoner of war (POW) during World War II. Hughes had few possessions while in the camps; this bowl was among them. The etching on the bowl indicates that he used it while in Tarlac, a short-lived POW camp for high-ranking officers in the Philippines. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. In 1942, he was captured by the Japanese on the Bataan peninsula and spent the next 41 months in various Japanese POW camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Security Benefit Association serving bowl

Security Benefit Association serving bowl
Creator: Warwick China Company
Date: between 1920 and 1930
This serving bowl, made by the Warwick China Company, has the seal of the Security Benefit Association. In 1892, the Security Benefit Association formed in Topeka, Kansas as a fraternal benefit organization called the Knights and Ladies of Security. In the 1910s and 20s, the association established a hospital, home for the elderly, orphanage, school, and hotel on the site that later became the Menninger campus.


Union Pacific Railroad sugar bowl

Union Pacific Railroad sugar bowl
Creator: International Silver Company
Date: between 1930 and 1939
Small Art Deco silver-plated sugar bowl, part of a silver service used on the Union Pacific train "City of Kansas City," which ran through Kansas City on its run from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to St. Louis, Missouri. The train operated from 1968 to 1971. The service was made by the International Silver Company.


Union Pacific Railroad sugar bowl

Union Pacific Railroad sugar bowl
Creator: International Silver Company
Date: between 1930 and 1939
Small Art Deco silver-plated sugar bowl, part of a silver service used on the Union Pacific train, "City of Kansas City," which ran through Kansas City on its run from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to St. Louis, Missouri. The train operated from 1968 to 1971. The service was made by the International Silver Company.


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