Lucky for us, there are experts out there, and they have a website that may help you solve some of your restaurant ware mysteries. Restaurant Ware Collectors Network offers a forum, a great IDwiki, a fantastic collection of date codes and backstamps photos, and a list of links by category...including restaurant ware shops and eBay sellers, pattern identification and research, personal collections, transportation and military china, and manufacturers.
Here are a few examples of what you can find on the site. It's worth a look.
|Cup of Joe on the Go|
The Museum of Vintage Cups
|Red Fox Restaurant|
Little Spoon's Virtual Museum of Restaurant China
|Display of flip-top bowls|
The Phillips-DeGrafft Flip-Top Collection
|A sample of Jackson China backstamps|
|A sample of Iroquois China date codes|