Holloware (hollowware, or hollow-ware [1]) is metal tableware such as sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, soup tureens, hot food covers, water jugs, platters, butter pat plates, and other items that accompany dishware on a table. It does not include cutlery or other metal utensils. Holloware is constructed for durability. It differs from some other silverplated items, with thicker walls and more layers of silverplate.

Creamer and sugar bowl from Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway service, made by Harrison & Howson 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.

Holloware is the traditional gift in the UK[2] and the modern gift in the US[3] for the sixteenth wedding anniversary. Holloware is the traditional gift for jubilee or wedding in Russia.


  1. ^ "Hollowware". Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived from the original on 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  2. ^ Pears Cyclopaedia, 1967-68 commemorative ed., "Wedding Anniversaries." L121
  3. ^ "Wedding Anniversaries," compiled by librarians at the Chicago Public Library's Information Center (December, 2000).

External linksEdit

  • Holloware page from railroadiana.org