Small “institutional” pieces (restaurant ware) are much less expensive than other Hall China items, even though many are older and not always easy to find in decent shape. They are small enough so that one can have an extensive collection and it will not take up a lot of room. I began collecting these in the 1980s and probably got my last pieces about 8 years ago, shortly before I retired from my job.
I like the little cream pitchers and milk “cans” that were on almost every restaurant table and counter when I was a child.
Also the small individual covered casseroles, the open “gratines” and the neat little condiment containers and the custard cups. The little black covered mustard pot in matte black is especially cute – it holds about 2 tablespoons or so of mustard – or other condiment. I have used it for the extremely hot Indonesian sambals which are used in very small amounts.
There is also a brown glaze milk jug – holds 20 ounces – which has an Art Deco design but this was manufactured in the 1950s or ’60s.