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World Trade Center "Windows on the World" Restaurant Dishware, 4 Pcs; Avoided Destruction by Being Used at a Private Dinner Party Right Before 9/11

Part of a dinner service from the World Trade Center's "Windows on the World" restaurant complex, comprised of four plates of graduated size. The Deco style porcelain dishware was spared destruction because it was used at a private dinner party right before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

The lot is comprised of:

1. Unusual demi-lune shaped salad plate depicting a crescent moon at the center of a blue starry field, 4.375" x 7.75."

2. Dessert or appetizer plate, white center decorated with stylized blue suns and radiating blue rays, 9" diameter.

3. Dinner plate, white center with blue and yellow white polka-dotted border, 11.75" diameter.

4. Serving plate or charger, yellow cloud against a blue ground at center with yellow white polka-dotted border, 11.75" diameter.

Each piece bears either green or black underglaze back stamps citing its British manufacturer, "Steelite International / Albalite." Near fine condition. Isolated light surface scratches found at the center of the dinner plate, else near fine.

The main dining rooms of the "Windows on the World" restaurant complex were located on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Originally opened in 1976, the restaurant was temporarily shuttered following the 1993 bomb explosion, renovated, and reopened with great fanfare in 1996; its 25th anniversary celebrations were slated for October 2001. Prior to its destruction on September 11, 2001, the "Windows on the World" restaurant ranked as the highest-grossing restaurant in the United States, typically serving 800 lavish dinners per night, and attracting many celebrities.

Milton Glazer designed the yellow, cobalt blue, and white porcelain "Windows on the World" restaurant dishware, other examples of which can be seen in the attached archival photos of the restaurant. The dishware included star-, moon-, cloud-, and sun-decorated dinner plates, demi-lune salad plates, dessert plates, soup bowls, and flatware. Glaser's distinctive restaurant logo, dishware, menu design, and select interior decoration elements emphasized the restaurant's spectacular vantage point high above the Manhattan skyline.

There are very few remaining examples of any "Windows on the World" dishware, including a handful of pieces found in the "September 11: Bearing Witness to History" collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of History (see attached photo.) This is because the restaurant, along with all of its furnishings, was obliterated in the collapse of the World Trade Center. It's estimated that approximately 120 restaurant staff and breakfast patrons died in the "Windows on the World" restaurant after Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower at 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, blocking off all exits.

Provenance

"To Whom It May Concern:
 
These WTC dish sets were acquired by our uncle, Ronald Hoskins, we think back in 2013-2014. He stated to me, his niece Rebecca Redding, that he purchased the dishes from a lady who either was a manager of, or knew a manager who was employed at, the Windows of the World Restaurant in the WTC.  She took them home for a private dinner and after the tragedy of 9/11 was never able to return them. He stated that he came across the dishes on eBay and made the purchase. He had them from the date of purchase until his passing in June 2020.  Now the heirs to his collection of historical significance have offered to put these WTC dishes up for auction.  
 
I, Rebecca Redding, have written my own account as to the significance of these WTC dishes and their acquired timeline. This statement is true and accurate upon my knowledge of the said items.  

Signed: Rebecca Redding
(Heir to Ronald Hoskins Collection)."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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