Wallace falls into that category of collectibles known as restaurant ware, as opposed to the more commonly collected household tableware. This means that Wallace designed it for years of heavy use with multiple washings and sometimes dozens of servings in a day. One result of this is that Wallace china is uniformly sturdy and heavy in order to stand up to an order of magnitude of more use than would be expected with even the largest family. Wallace flatware is the same way; built for restaurants, it will last a lifetime at least. As with any collectibles, earlier examples, which for Wallace mean 1931, are among the most sought after. It is a plain ware for the most part, although there are some patterns, such as Westward Ho and El Rancho. Look for Wallace from the reliable sellers on eBay. Its sturdiness makes it a great choice for regular use as well as collecting. Anything that can stand up to years in a restaurant can stand up to most families.
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