History of vintage LuRay Pastels
LuRay Pastels dinnerware was produced from 1938 to 1961 by the Taylor, Smith, and Taylor Company of West Virginia. This line of dinnerware was named for the beautiful Luray Caverns in Virginia.
It was initially available in four pastel colours: Persian Cream, Windsor Blue, Sharon Pink, and Surf Green. A fifth colour (Chatham Gray) was added in 1947 but was discontinued in 1952 due to a lack of popularity. This has made Chatham Gray pieces a challenge for collectors to locate.
Pieces are marked with the backstamp “TS&T LuRay Pastels”. There is also a marking on the back of many pieces (in the style “month-year”, e.g. “1-41” for “January 1941”) to indicate the date of manufacture. Very few pieces are unmarked.
In recent years, LuRay has become a popular line of dishes for collectors. While more collectors may increase the value of pieces slightly, rest assured that there is still plenty of LuRay out there for collectors to enjoy.