513 S. Main Street - Princeton IL 61356 - (815) 875-1944

Hoffman's Patterns of the Past - Home to the Sea of China.

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We are adding new items to the store every day. Visit us often for updates!

Founded in 1944 by Joseph Allen Murphey, Jr., Hoffman's Patterns of the Past is located in Princeton, Illinois on historic Main Street.

Each month, our customers replace broken or missing pieces, or add to their collection.

Please call us with any questions regarding your fine china, flatware and collectibles.

Our Showroom is open from Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. (CST). We have special Sunday Hours in November and December.

Sea of ChinaHoffman’s Patterns of the Past (located in historic Princeton, Illinois) is home to the “Sea of China,”1944 was the year the J. A. Murphey family bought the business that had existed since the mid 1800’s. After World War II, Allen Murphey realized tabletop was changing and started offering the service of finding replacement pieces for the discontinued patterns.

Buying straight from the manufacturer, Patterns of the Past has the largest selection of new “store stock” patterns. Allen, with his wife Winnie and daughter Jyl, plus staff, help thousands of customers each month replace their broken or missing pieces of china.

Via phone calls, e-mails or customers visiting our 8,000 square foot store, we offer a virtual tour of the past. Open Monday through Saturday, with special holiday hours, Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past, is a must see experience. Located southwest of Chicago on Interstate 80 at Exit 56, we welcome groups large or small. Call if you have questions or need information about any of our products.

Patterns of the Past also offers appraisals and has one of the largest gift shops in central Illinois, stocking over 75 of the major collectibles.

Patterns of the Past staff invite you to come visit.
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