Hundreds of plates, bowls, cups, pitchers and other tableware manufactured over the last century by Buffalo China and its predecessor, Buffalo Pottery, will be displayed during the fourth annual Larkin Premium Exposition from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Expo, to be held at the Larkin at Exchange building, 726 Exchange St., will feature nearly 1,000 Larkin Co. collectibles, the most ever exhibited in one place.
The yearly event pays homage to Larkin, the Buffalo-based mail-order giant of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Buffalo Pottery, which produced items that were given as premiums, or gifts, to Larkin customers.
A number of china pieces to be displayed are so rare they are not included in the exhaustive collector's "bible," the Book of Buffalo Pottery, organizers said.
Other exhibited items will include Larkin soap, pharmaceuticals and other household items; hundreds of Larkin premiums, including furniture; and Larkin catalogs, family items and artifacts from Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Administration Building. A special exhibit of Roycroft antiques also will be on view.
Among raffle prizes to be offered: a Deldare cup and saucer, Darwin Martin House china service for four, Colorido Lamelle china service for six, a Larkin Warehouse cart, a 1923 Larkin catalog and this year's exposition poster.
Admission to the exposition will be $15 -- $12 for seniors -- and will include a tour of Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed estate in Derby. For an extra $8, visitors will be able to tour Wright's Darwin Martin House.
Four lectures and a lecture-and-brunch will round out the weekend.
Lester Rickard of Buffalo China will discuss the company at 1 p.m. Saturday; Ken Elwood will guide a virtual tour of the Larkin Administration Building at 3 p.m. Saturday; Rickard will speak again at 1 p.m. Sunday; and Howard Stanger will discuss Larkin buying clubs and the emerging consumer market of the Larkin era at 3 p.m. Sunday.
All lectures will be in the sixth floor auditorium of Larkin at Exchange. Admission to each will be $5.
A brunch will be held in the main lobby on Sunday. Kitty Turgeon, an expert in Roycroft history and design, will lecture. Tickets are $30 and include admission to the expo.
Expo proceeds will support the Graycliff Conservancy's restoration of the lakeshore estate.
For information, call 947-9217.