Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Yes You Can Eat on Lincoln China...

Want to eat your Obama recipes on Obamaesque plateware? The lovely Tally Silverado of Detroit, Michigan, has tipped us that replica Lincoln plates are available for sale in the Library of Congress gift shop. And wowee, they look exact to the ones The Obamas used at the Inaugural Luncheon. At $65 each, the plates are a bargain as far as Obama swag goes; the going price for official Onauguration t-shirts was $45 (though bootleggies could be had for $5, the day after the festivities).

The gift shop's description of the plate: An elegant French design, the Lincoln china combines the American eagle with various decorations in a brilliant color called "solferino." This purple-red hue was invented by the French in 1859 and was very popular among the fashionable hosts of the Lincolns' day.

Go here to check 'em out. There are also lovely Thomas Jefferson plates. And yeah, who knew the Library of Congress had a shop? Interestingly, the selection of books available for sale is small.

*Related: The Library of Congress has an excellent online archive of White House foodie ephemera....