Because so little
documentation exists on Carr China, it is often difficult to identify patterns, body styles and ink colors.
Deciphering a found sample plate (below) yields some helpful information, especially when compared to a Carr salesman's
reference book. While these books are rare, they are known to exist and we will share some of what we can attain on
We welcome anyone with access to more detailed information to share your knowledge
with all collectors on this site!
This plate is a color sample chart created for use by Carr's sales representatives to
assist customers in making custom color selections. The reverse of this plate contains the color key and names used.
Carr Color Codes
numbers and colors assigned by Carr China are identified as follows. Please note that this is a partial list only:
1 - Olive Green
2 - Blue Green
6 - Black
8 - French Green
15 - Royal Blue
18 - Canton Green
21 - Chestnut Brown
27 - Crimson (Red)
29 - Deep Yellow
31 - Golden Brown
36 - Victoria Green
44 - Cloister
46 - Purple
59 - Old Gold
118 - Ultra
The Marine pattern is one of Carr's more elusive patterns. It features an
elaborate border design of two- and three-mast tall ships, a shoreline of lighthouses, homes and rolling hills, a sky filled
with clouds and birds in flight and delicate rolling waves.
The Carr family were avid boaters and enjoyed the ocean shore. Family homes were in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
and St. Petersburg, Florida, among other locations.
This lovely dish is a Carr ice cream shell in the beautiful Blue Onion pattern.
It is a delicate dish and made for an attractive way to serve ice cream. This shape is rather rare, making it a valuable
find for the lucky collector. The ice cream shell was made on both the white and Glo-tan body.