These two pieces were found still packed in straw at the bottom of the original barrel in which they had been shipped from Japan. There were witnesses who recorded seeing the plates and bowls of this set in use at the inn. The majority of the set were destroyed when the inn burnt down in 1936.
Located along the “narrows” of Mazinaw Lake, the inn was built by Dr. Winston Price (1870-1948), who was born in Newburgh, Ontario. Weston Price studied dentistry in the United States before opening a clinic in Cleaveland, Ohio. Weston married Florence Aulborey (1871-1942) who was born in Brampton, Ontario. For their honeymoon Weston and Florence rented land from David Weese a farmer along Mazinaw lake.
In 1899 the couple bought an area of land along Mazinaw lake, from the Weese and Tapping families, with the intention of building a lodge. The inspiration for the new inn deemed ‘Bon Echo Inn’ was inspired by hotels in the Adirondack Mountains.