In commemoration of the University’s bicentennial, the University in 1939 commissioned two sets of Wedgwood China, one set of a dozen plates and one set of an equal number of dessert (or demitasse) cups and saucers. One set of dessert cups and saucers originally sold for twenty-two dollars.
Like the plates, the cups were white, printed in red with drawings of campus scenes done by alumni of the University. The scene and the artist are identified on the bottom of each of cup. Each demitasse cup also featured a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. In fact, the Wedgwood China Company was selected for this commission partly because this firm had already produced several portraits of Benjamin Franklin during his lifetime, including the portrait which appears on the cups.
The saucers were all white, featuring a raised design of a laurel wreath and the coat-of-arms of the University.
|College Hall in 1861
||Bennett Hall Entrance
|Houston Hall Porch
||Moore School Doorway
|Reunion in the Triangle
||Whitefield Statue and Memorial Tower
|Benjamin Franklin Medallion Portrait
||Bottom View of Cup