Holloware (mostly in American English) or hollow-ware[1] is tableware that forms a vessel or container of some kind, as opposed to flatware such as plates.[2] Examples include sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, soup tureens, hot food covers, and jugs. It may be in pottery, metals such as silver, glass or plastic. It does not include cutlery or other metal utensils. Holloware is constructed for durability.[3] It differs from some other silver-plated items, with thicker walls and more layers of silver plating.[4]

Creamer and sugar bowl from Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway service, made by Harrison Brothers & Howson [Wikidata] for dining car service



Dining car holloware is a type of railroad collectible (railroadiana). The relative value of pieces depends on their scarcity, age and condition, and the popularity of the trains on which the items were used. Railroads marked this holloware with information such as the railroad's name or logo and the name of the manufacturer.[4]

Holloware is the traditional gift in the UK[5] and the modern gift in the US for the 16th wedding anniversary.[3][6] Holloware is the traditional gift for jubilee or wedding in Russia.


  1. ^ "Hollowware". Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ Newman, Harold (1985). An Illustrated Dictionary of Ceramics. Thames & Hudson. p. 150. ISBN 0500273804.
  3. ^ a b "What is Holloware?". The Official Wasserstrom Blog. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Holloware". Railroadiana Online. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Wedding Anniversaries". Pears Cyclopaedia (1967–68 commemorative ed.). p. L121.
  6. ^ Librarians at the Chicago Public Library's Information Center (December 2000). "Wedding Anniversaries". Archived from the original on 30 December 2007.