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Very Presidential plates

China in your hand

With all the blustery debating and pointing and slanging in the run-up to the US presidential election on 8 November, it’s time to get down to some cold hard facts. Tableware facts. Architectural Digest have compiled a gallery of the official china sets used by White House administration over the years, and it’s weirdly compelling. Flowers and bold gold bands feature heavily; we’ve learnt that 1879 was a year for extreme forward-thinking on the crockery front; and that First Lady Bess Truman had properly good taste.

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