May 19, 2015

Timeless American Design

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The Poppy pattern by Franciscan was produced from 1950 to 1955. This everyday pattern is adorned with a bold, richly hued floral design of bright yellow California poppies accented by purple lupine and lovely green leaves. When California-based Franciscan tableware premiered in 1934, it was practically an overnight success. The glamour of the emerging film industry and the state's climate seemed exotic to Midwesterners and those living on the East Coast. The "Golden State" became a very popular tourist destination. And Franciscan's bright-colored, less expensive "earthenware" grew in popularity as American consumers began to recover from the Great Depression. The company's now-legendary line of hand-painted, raised-pattern designs includes Desert Rose, Apple, Fresh Fruit, and Ivy. Ivy was even featured on the sets of the "I Love Lucy" show with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and the "Donna Reed Show," which ran on broadcast TV 1958-1966.

Bryce Symphony-Amethyst is blown glass with a gorgeous amethyst-colored concave bowl that flares at the top, a round, amethyst-colored foot, and a clear, ribbed stem that showcases multi-faceted knobbed elements. Bryce Brothers Company was incorporated in 1896, but the history of the company began much earlier, when ten-year-old James Bryce journeyed from Scotland to America in 1827. Determined to learn a trade in the glass industry, Bryce soon became an apprentice at Bakewell, Page, & Bakewell, a glassworks in Pittsburgh, PA. By 1850, Bryce had founded the company that would go on to become Bryce Brothers. Although the Symphony pattern was only produced in amethyst and clear, many of the Bryce Brothers' glass patterns were produced in a variety of colors, including amber, ruby, green, pink, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, topaz, citron, chartreuse, dusk, and more. The vibrant color and bold shape of Symphony-Amethyst crystal serve as the ideal complement to the more delicate colors of Poppy china and elaborate design of Poppy sterling.

Gorham Silver began production of the Poppy sterling pattern in 1902. Poppy features an intricate cameo design and glossy finish, beautifully accented with an array of poppy flowers, leaves, and stems along the handle that culminates in a wonderfully detailed poppy in full blossom at the scalloped tip. Gorham has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent design companies in silver tableware. The White House has used Gorham silver services during several administrations; Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House, and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the United States' centennial anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 ounces of sterling silver. Gorham's reputation for excellence endures today, and their well-earned design pedigree is easily recognized in the gorgeous Poppy pattern.

May 14, 2015

Exquisite Rose-themed Tableware Designs

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First produced in 1951, Delaware (New York) by Haviland is scalloped-rimmed, cream-colored china with delicate, beautifully rendered roses decorating the center and rim, and an embossed edge with gold trim. The story of Haviland China begins in 1841, when David Haviland of D.G. & D. Haviland Trading Co., New York, embarked with his wife, Mary, and son, Charles, for France. Their destination was Limoges, a city 200 miles southeast of Paris, world-renowned for its production of fine porcelain. The region was rich in kaolin, cream-colored clay that yielded superior porcelain. Haviland, intent on producing the world's finest china, obtained permits from the French government to build a state-of-the-art china factory in 1853. Haviland refused to send his pottery to Paris for decoration as most other potters did at the time; instead, he decorated his own creations. Within two years, Haviland's keen business sense and ingenuity had aided him in establishing one of the most advanced china producing facilities of its time.

Elaine-Clear crystal by Cambridge flares at the top, with a graceful, cascading floral design etched on the concave bowl. The stem of the glass is ornate, with a textured, molded design, and a round foot. This shapely, intricate pattern is the epitome of elegance! The Cambridge Glass Company was founded in 1873, when a group of businessmen from the town of Cambridge, Ohio chartered a glass producing facility.  Most of the company's early designs were heavy, pressed-glass patterns. The company achieved steady growth during the early part of the twentieth century, and during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s the company released its most successful shapes, colors, and etchings. In 1931, the company debuted its very successful Rose Point etching, as well as the popular Nude Stems collection.  Many of the company's most famous colors were developed during this period, including "Carmen," "Crown Tuscan," "Royal Blue," and "Heatherbloom."  Soon after the end of World War II, the company began to experience declining sales. In 1958, the company closed its doors, and Imperial Glass acquired all of Cambridge's molds and equipment.  While the Cambridge company is now closed, its legacy lives on at Replacements.

Produced from 1958 to 1997, Rose Elegance is a gorgeous sterling pattern by Lunt Silver.  Rose Elegance features a beautiful rose design that adorns a handle with a scrolled edge. The floral design elements of Rose Elegance make it the perfect flatware accompaniment for the Delaware (New York) and Elaine-Clear patterns above. Lunt was founded as the A. F. Towle & Son Mfg. Co. in 1880 in Newburyport, MA. Towle and his son left the company and built a new factory in Newburyport under the name A.F. Towle & Son Company. After moving to Greenfield, MA, in 1890, the firm went into automobile manufacturing and produced one of the first "horseless carriages" in America. Lack of financing caused the endeavor to fail, and George C. Lunt, who had been apprenticed to Towle, established Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen Company in 1902. Since 1935, the company has used the trade name Lunt Silversmiths. The company's Embassy Scroll pattern has been selected by the U.S. government as the official tableware for all U.S. consulates and embassies.

May 12, 2015

Italian Inspiration, American Design

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Montreal by Wedgwood China was first produced in 1930. Montreal is rimmed Wellesley-shaped china with an ornate cream-colored embossing on a cream-colored rim. The brilliant center design of Montreal includes a colorful bounty of flowers, verdant stems and leaves, and flitting butterflies. In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established a pottery at the “Ivy House Works” in Burslem, England. During his first 10 years of business, Wedgwood made many advances in the refining of porcelain. One of Wedgwood’s most important creations was creamware, true fine china that was easy to produce, relatively inexpensive to make, easily decorated, and desired by royalty and commoner alike. In 1765, King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, solicited Wedgwood to be “Potter to His and Her Majesty.” As a result of his new title, Wedgwood changed the official name of his creamware to “Queen’s Ware.” Jasperware, a non-glazed porcelain featuring classical figures in bas-relief, was another important invention of Wedgwood’s, and has become virtually synonymous with the Wedgwood name.

Cellini (Loop Optic) is a blown glass design produced by Fostoria from 1938 to 1970, featuring a concave bowl, flared top, a knobbed, molded stem, and a round foot. The loop optic design gives the bowl a rippled effect similar to cascading water, making this elegant design a wonderful contrast to the floral intricacy of the Montreal and Della Robbia patterns. Founded in 1888, Fostoria competed actively against Cambridge, Heisey, and Westmoreland Glass over the years before emerging as leader in the American glassware market. The rise of industry throughout the nineteenth century had Americans replacing afternoon teas and luncheons with casual brunches and after-work cocktail parties; Fostoria’s patterns (both colored and clear) were ideal for this new trend of polished casual entertaining. Although many of Fostoria’s competitors would be forced out of business during the Great Depression, innovative marketing techniques and business-savvy managers would allow Fostoria to survive. During the World War II war period, Fostoria produced many of its most famous patterns, including Chintz, Colony, Romance, and Holly. Although the company closed in 1986 due to increased foreign competition, Fostoria continues to be an American legend in tableware design, and Fostoria pieces remain highly collectible.

Designed in 1922, the Alvin Silver Della Robbia pattern features intricate floral and garland embellishments, stylish scrolls, and scalloped ends. The design of Della Robbia was inspired by Luca Della Robbia, a fifteenth-century Italian sculptor best known for his glazed terra cotta sculptures. Alvin Silver was founded in 1886 in New Jersey. One of their first successes was developing a process for depositing pure silver on metallic and non-metallic items like umbrella and cane handles. Another cutting-edge product line included glass items with silver inlays, a design technique subsequently referred to as “Alvin Ornamentation.” The company’s innovative products were so popular that Alvin had to expand within two years of its formation. In 1908, Alvin bought Simons Brothers and Peter Krider Company silver dies and molds, and also began making electroplated flatware. In 1928, Alvin was bought by Gorham Silver, but retained the Alvin Silver name. Alvin continued operating as a subsidiary of Gorham until Gorham stopped production of Alvin patterns in 1985. Today, Alvin Silver is best remembered for its Raphael, Bridal Rose, Viking, and Fleur de Lis patterns, and there is a continued interest in Alvin silver products among collectors.

May 07, 2015

Exquisite Artistry, Stunning Floral Motifs

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Lorraine #S561 by Minton China is fine bone china produced from approximately 1945 to 1970. Featuring spectacular floral designs scattered asymmetrically around the plate and circling the verge, with embossed, swirled flutes on the rim, and gold trim on the outside, this colorful pattern is a gorgeous representation of Minton China's exquisite artistry. Minton is one of England's oldest china makers. The company was founded in 1793 at Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England's Staffordshire china-producing region, by Thomas Minton, William Pownall, and Joseph Poulson. Along with the rise of the middle class in nineteenth-century industrial England - with greater attention to household finery and more discretionary income - came the rise of Minton. The company introduced patterns and manufacturing processes that made their high-quality china more attractive and affordable to the English middle class. They continue producing luxurious dinnerware and remain leaders in the market of tableware production and design. Other exquisite Minton patterns include Haddon Hall (their most popular pattern), Bellemeade, Ancestral, and Jasmine.

Produced from 1937 to 1955, Rosalie by Heisey features ornate floral designs etched into a concave bowl with a flared top, a round foot, and an attached multisided stem with ball and knob elements. The intricate designs of the Rosalie and Lorraine patterns work well with the relative simplicity of the floral motif found in Gorham Lancaster silver. A. H. Heisey and Company was founded in 1896 in Newark, OH. By the late 1890s, Heisey's colonial patterns featuring flute, scallop, and panel design elements were immediately popular. Heisey began producing brightly colored glassware in the 1920s and 1930s in hues of emerald, ivorina verde (custard), opal, and canary, among others. After the Prohibition Act was repealed in 1930, Heisey released an extensive line of barware, which helped the company survive the economic turmoil of the Great Depression. The company's sales remained high throughout World War II, and in 1940 the company released its most successful pattern, Orchid. It was around this time that Heisey began producing a line of popular glass figurines in addition to their barware and stemware patterns. When elegant stemware became less favored by the American public in the years following World War II, Heisey struggled, and was eventually forced to close their factory in 1957. In 1958, Heisey sold all of its assets to the Imperial Glass Company of Bellaire, OH. After Imperial Glass filed for bankruptcy in 1984, Heisey's original molds were acquired by the Heisey Collectors of America.

The elegant and popular Lancaster sterling pattern was produced by Gorham Silver from 1897 to 1991. Lancaster showcases an unblocked, elegant floral design with an open rose at the tip, a beaded edge, and a glossy finish. Gorham Silver's founder, Jabez Gorham, was born into a family of eight, and apprenticed to eighteenth-century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at a very early age. After his apprenticeship, Gorham founded his own company in 1831 in Providence, RI. He quickly became known for creating distinctive hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Since then, Gorham silversmiths have developed a reputation as uncompromising artists, and have gained fame for producing a multitude of exquisite patterns, including Chantilly, Strasbourg, Buttercup, Fairfax, Melrose, and hundreds more. Chantilly, the world's best-selling flatware pattern, helped Gorham become a household name. More recently, Gorham has expanded its product range to include fine china and crystal, and Gorham's reputation for excellence endures today.

May 05, 2015

Alluring Designs for a Gorgeous Table

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Calico-Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) by Staffordshire is a charming blue transferware pattern first produced in 1960. Transferware pieces are created using copper engraving to apply an image to a special tissue, which is then is applied to an earthenware, pottery, or ceramic base and fired to produce a detailed rendering of the artist's engraving. Indigo blue, the blue found between blue and violet on the traditional color wheel, has historically been the mainstay color for the most iconic transferware patterns. The inspiration for the striking Calico-Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) pattern is "calico" - a type of cloth known for its distinctive, all-over floral print.  It's believed that Staffordshire's Calico-Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) is based on an 18th-century version of this floral fabric design.

Tuilleries/Villandry by Cris d'Arques/Durand is a beautiful blown glass pattern featuring an exquisite design, an elegant shape, and a variety of ornate, decorative cuts. The sophisticated design of Tuilleries/Villandry perfectly complements the intricate designs of the accompanying Calico-Blue china and Affection flatware. Tuilleries/Villandry is produced by J.G. Durand, which is the world's largest manufacturer of lead crystal. Cris d'Arques is a Durand line made in the city of Arques, France. As a French company, J.G. Durand is known for exhibiting great national pride via the expression of the grand architectural and artistic heritage of France. For that reason, many Cris d'Arques patterns, like Tuilleries/Villandry and Versailles, are named after castles and chateaus throughout the country.

Produced from 1960 to 2004, Oneida Affection is a superb silverplate pattern that features a graceful floral design and glossy finish. Oneida, Ltd. grew out of the original Oneida Community founded in upstate New York by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. This Christian communal society was based upon the principles of individual self-perfection and shared property. Many products were manufactured by the Oneida Community, including silk, chains, and, eventually, some of the world's most recognizable, high-quality, and beautifully designed flatware. During World War I and World War II, Oneida began producing many products for the U.S. military, including ammunition clips, combat knives, surgical instruments, and silverware for the Army and Navy. When stainless steel was introduced to the market in the early twentieth century, it failed to make an immediate impression on the flatware industry. Oneida, however, decided to shift its focus from sterling to stainless flatware production. Strong research and development greatly improved the quality of stainless steel as a dinnerware material, facilitating Oneida's success in the stainless flatware market. Today, Oneida, Ltd. is positioned to continue being a leader in the tableware industry for generations to come.

April 30, 2015

Breathtaking Artistry in Dinnerware

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There are few patterns more stunning than Myott/Staffordshire Chelsea Bird-Blue.  Magnificent bird designs signed by "A. Robert," combined with a cobalt blue rim and delicately formed gold scrollwork trim, make this pattern truly breathtaking to behold.  The firm of Myott, Son & Co. Limited, a family-run business based in Staffordshire, England, was founded in 1898 and operated under different trade names for 93 years. The company partnered in production with the Alexander Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent.  A fire in 1949 destroyed most of the company's records and pattern books, denying collectors a wealth of information.

Elegant encrusted gold scrollwork trim with a flared, optic-design bowl, a notched, multi-sided stem, and a round foot with encrusted gold trim produce absolutely spectacular effects in St Louis Thistle crystal.  Delicately shaped, this magnificent pattern is substantial, with real heft.  And you can't help but admire its "Old World" charm!  Its maker, St Louis, is acclaimed as the oldest "cristallerie" in France - the firm was founded in 1586 in the Lorrain region, renowned worldwide for the magnificent quality of its crystal.  In Lorrain is the town of Baccarat, home to a crystal museum and the eponymous manufacturer, one of the most famous crystal makers in the world.  This rich tradition comes to dazzling life in the beauty of St Louis Thistle crystal!

Featuring an embossed pheasant design and named for one of the most celebrated artist-naturalists in history, Audubon by Tiffany & Co. is sterling silver of dazzling beauty.  Over a period of more than 170 years, Tiffany & Co. has come to represent the pinnacle of American wealth, artistry, and luxury.  In 1837 Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young opened an emporium for luxury goods on Broadway in New York City.  They made a splash in the fancy goods world by establishing nonnegotiable prices for all items, contrary to the custom of dickering over price, and by introducing its world-famous "Tiffany Blue Box."  All merchandise purchased from Tiffany was wrapped in distinctive blue boxes; today, the Tiffany & Co. box is trademarked, and the company is one of the most-respected silver makers in the world.

April 28, 2015

Magnificent Floral Patterns

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Haddon Hall by Minton, introduced in 1948, is fine bone china that features spectacular floral designs covering the plate, with embossed, swirled flutes on the rim, and either gold or green trim on the outside edge (featured plate has green trim). Minton is one of England's oldest china makers. The company was founded in 1793 at Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England's Staffordshire china-producing region, by Thomas Minton, William Pownall, and Joseph Poulson. Along with the rise of the middle class in 19th century Industrial England - with greater attention to household finery and more discretionary income - came the rise of Minton. The company introduced patterns and manufacturing processes that made their high-quality china more attractive and affordable to the English middle class.

Clear glassware with etched camellias on the bowl, a wafer stem, and round foot, Fostoria Camellia was produced for more than 2 decades, 1952-1973. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region's abundant natural resources. The company is remembered for the remarkable array of colored glassware it successfully produced, but many of its clear, etched patterns, like Camellia, were equally successful. Be sure to have a look at the similar and equally beautiful pattern, Rose, produced 1951-1973. After meeting decades of stiff foreign competition with classic designs and innovative glass-making methods, Fostoria operations were shut down by its parent company, Lancaster Colony, in 1983. Fostoria glass is highly sought-after by collectors today.

Kirk Stieff Silver Stieff Rose is a magnificent example of repousse sterling, a style of silver craftsmanship so successfully introduced in America by Maryland silvermakers that collectors sometimes refer to repousse flatware and hollowware as "Maryland silver." The company Kirk Stieff Silver represents the culmination of two great Baltimore, MD, traditions. Charles Stieff founded Stieff Silver in 1892; the Stieff Rose pattern was introduced that same year. Samuel Kirk founded his firm much earlier, in 1815 (Kirk's firm is acknowledged as the oldest silversmith company in America). The companies were combined in 1979. From their inception, both were recognized for innovative design and master craftsmanship. Just before World War II, Stieff began to produce silver for Colonial Williamsburg that replicated American Colonial pieces.

April 23, 2015

Roseville Pottery “Iris” Vase

Here, we're examining a gorgeous 15-inch "Iris" vase produced by Roseville Pottery. The "Iris" line began production in 1939, and featured a variety of items, including ewers, handled bowls, jardinieres, bookends, baskets, and more, in brown, pink (coral), and blue glazes.

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Founded in Roseville, Ohio in 1890, the Roseville Pottery Company was first known for its stoneware products, including umbrella stands and flower pots. In 1898, the company purchased the Clark Stoneware Company in Zanesville, Ohio, and subsequently relocated its headquarters there. In 1900, the company created its first art pottery line, "Rozane" (a combination of "Roseville" and "Zanesville"), which was designed by art director Ross Purdy as a more affordable alternative to similar Art Nouveau pottery lines produced by competing potteries. Pieces from "Rozane" were also some of the first to bear Roseville's backstamp. The name "Rozane" would eventually come to apply to all of the art pottery lines introduced by Roseville; two of the most popular were "Rozane Egypto" and "Rozane Crystalis."

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The company continued to grow throughout the early part of the 20th century, enlarging its facilities and workforce. During its peak production, Roseville would operate four plants with 30 kilns, manned by more than 300 employees. In 1904, Roseville hired Frederick Hurten Rhead as art director. While serving in this capacity, Rhead created many stylish lines like "Mongol," "Woodland," and "Olympic," along with the "Della Robbia" line, one of Roseville's most sought after and highly valued patterns. Rhead left Roseville in 1908, and later went on to create the immensely popular "Fiesta" pattern for Homer Laughlin. Rhead's brother, Harry, took over as Roseville's art director until 1918, when Frank Ferrell moved into the role. During his tenure (which lasted until the company's close) Ferrell designed many of the lines that are most associated with Roseville Pottery - more than 90 different designs in all. These included popular lines like "Blackberry," "Dahlrose," "Futura," "Morning Glory," "Sunflower," "Wisteria," and "Freesia." Although originally rejected by Roseville, Ferrell's "Pinecone" design was eventually implemented, and became the best-selling art pottery line produced by the company.

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Demand for expensive art pottery had waned by the mid-20th century, and Roseville struggled to produce commercially viable products. Despite being well known for their matte-finished designs, Roseville began creating high-gloss products to meet the demand for the glossy, casual tableware designs that were popular at the time. These new product lines failed to establish enough interest to save the company, however, and in 1954, Roseville Pottery ceased production.

April 21, 2015

Gorgeous American and European Patterns

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Chelsea Garden by Spode is a gorgeous bone china pattern produced from 1952 to 1988. Chelsea Garden is rimmed, scalloped design adorned with beautiful, asymmetrical floral sprays and a warm mustard-colored trim. 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.

Featuring a knobbed, multi-sided stem, convex cut bowl, and round foot, the stunning design of Royal Leerdam Starlight crystal beautifully complements the more intricate Chelsea Garden china and La Reine sterling patterns. Royal Leerdam was founded as a bottle factory in 1765 in the Dutch city of Leerdam. In 1878, the company expanded to facilitate the production of pressed and blown glass. In 1915, a team of architects and designers that included K. P. C. de Bazel, Cornelis de Lorm, and Andries Dirk Copier was commissioned to design Royal Leerdam glassware. Gilde glass, a line designed by Copier, featured an understated elegance that has made it one of the most popular Royal Leerdam patterns to date. After World War II, Royal Leerdam continued to produce distinctive and stylish patterns under the leadership of chief designer Floris Meydam, who worked at Leerdam from 1944 to 1986. Royal Leerdam is currently part of the American glassware company, Libbey, Inc., and its products continue to be highly sought by collectors worldwide.

Wallace Silver's La Reine is a classic sterling pattern, produced from 1921 to 1996. Showcasing a scalloped tip, a beveled, scroll edge design, a floral rose motif, and a glossy finish, La Reine is a superb pattern that resonates with skill and pride in craft. Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had immigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace, after mastering his trade, purchased a dilapidated grist mill and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. La Reine is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver's high-quality work.

April 16, 2015

Multi-motif Designs, a Profusion of Flowers

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As lovely and serene as its name, Lenox Butterfly Meadow is scallop-shaped, with an embossed edge.  This multi-motif pattern has been in production for over a decade, and features a variety of flowers and flying insects - the dinner plate here is called "Dragonfly," and includes a magnificent summer rose. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the "Staffordshire of America" of its time, the Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company produced art-quality pieces.  By 1897 examples of Lenox's work were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.  In 1918 President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson commissioned a set of Lenox for the White House, making it the first American china to grace a president's table.

Our featured crystal, like the china, is also from the Lenox Butterfly Meadow pattern.  Floral stems and insect designs are delicately etched into the bowls of the glasses.  The glass featured here is green - the colors pink, yellow, and blue are also available.  You can see how beautifully the crystal and china complement each other!  Producing its first china for an American president at the end of World War I, Lenox continued to produce patterns popular in U.S. households. Since the 1950s, about half the china set on dinner tables in this country has borne the Lenox backstamp.  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.

Elegant French Floral stainless by Reed & Barton features an embossed floral design, and, like Butterfly Meadow, it is a multi-motif pattern, with different flowers depicted on individual pieces.  The combination of these china, crystal, and stainless designs would make for a most delightful garden patio brunch!  Over the years silver maker Reed & Barton has produced magnificent multi-motif floral patterns in sterling.  Among the best-known is Les Cinq Fleurs (Five Flowers), with individual pieces featuring the fleur-de-lis, orchid, poppy, wild rose, and peony.  French Floral stainless is a design heir to this tradition.  Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. When ownership of the original firm changed, the company began to use the "Reed & Barton" stamp on its silverware in the 1840s. French Floral stainless demonstrates the innovative design and premium quality Reed & Barton customers have enjoyed for nearly two centuries.