Buttercup by Spode is a gorgeous earthenware pattern produced from 1924 to 1992. Buttercup has a rimmed, scalloped design adorned with beautiful floral sprays and a warm color palette. Spode founder Josiah Spode opened the doors of his porcelain factory in 1780. Under his guidance, the factory introduced two important breakthroughs in the development of English ceramics. Using bone ash, Spode was the first English china maker to achieve higher firing temperatures, resulting in beautifully detailed, longer-lasting china. The company's second important achievement was perfecting "underglaze" decorating. Intricate designs could be applied to china that would last for decades and were much more resistant to chipping, scratching, or fading, at prices affordable to England's burgeoning middle class.
Lenox Crystal Fontaine (Gold Trim) features a multisided stem, gold trim, and an exquisite etched floral bowl design. The elegant floral design of Fontaine (Gold Trim) serves as the perfect complement to the delicate Buttercup china and chic Queen's Lace flatware. Since the 1950s, Lenox has been the tableware of choice for a significant percentage of homes in this country. Responding to consumer demand, Lenox introduced a line of hand-blown crystal to complement its china in 1966. In 1991, again responding to consumers, Lenox began to produce silver flatware, making it the first company in America to offer the complete tabletop.
Produced from 1949 to 2003, International Silver Queen's Lace is an enchanting sterling flatware pattern that incorporates floral, scalloped, and beaded design elements on a pierced handle. International Silver started as a combination of America's greatest silver manufacturers. During the American Colonial period, New England was home to many artisans producing high-quality pewter, sterling, and silverplate, primarily in Connecticut. Around 1808, Ashbil Griswold opened a pewter shop in Meriden, Connecticut. Through mergers with regional companies, Griswold's original shop grew to comprise fourteen silver manufacturers, including Holmes and Edwards (Bridgeport), Meriden Britannia (Meriden), and Rogers Brothers (Hartford). In 1898, the International Silver Company became truly "international," establishing offices in England and Canada. Throughout the years, International Silver products have remained immensely popular.