Manufacturer Histories
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Browse this list of interesting histories for some of the world's most innovative tableware companiesCheck back often as we will continue to add more neat information here!  Sorted alphabetically by manufacturer.

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America by Pfaltzgraff Pfaltzgraff
The Pfaltzgraff pottery company was founded in the United States by German immigrants during the early 19th century. George Falsgraff, a potter and farmer by trade, opened the first factory in 1811 and Pfaltzgraff continues to thrive to this day!

Portmeirion Potteries Portmeirion
Portmeirion Potteries began as a small pottery decorating firm in 1960. In Stoke-on-Trent, England, Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband, Euan Cooper-Willis, purchased a small facility, the A.E. Gray Company. Here, Susan could pursue her hobby of decorating pottery.

Ralph Lauren
Further expanding his multi-million dollar fashion business, Ralph Lauren decided to introduce a line of home furnishings. His tableware designs are sophisticated, stylized classics, conveying a sense of exclusivity and refinement.

Reed and Barton
In 1824, Isaac Babbitt & William Crossman began a small Brittaniaware firm that was the starting point for Reed & Barton. Today, Reed & Barton produces pewter hollowware, stainless flatware, and sterling flatware and hollowware.

Moss Rose by Rosenthal Rosenthal
Phillip Rosenthal (1855-1937) began business in 1884 by purchasing white ware from Hutschenreuther and selling designs, handpainted by his wife Maria, door to door.

Royal Albert
Royal Albert can trace its roots to 1896. Father and son Thomas Wild and Thomas Clarke (T.C.) Wild acquired Albert Works, a factory named in commemoration of the birth of Prince Albert.

Royal Copenhagen
Frantz Henrich Muller founded Royal Copenhagen in Denmark in 1775. It was rumored that the sovereign ruler of Denmark suggested the company's tradmark.

Royal Crown Derby
Andrew Planche migrated from France to England to escape the religious suppression of the Huguenots during the early 1700’s, and partnered with William Duesbury to start a porcelain factory in Derby, England. Click here for more!

Royal Doulton
Throughout its history, Royal Doulton has remained committed to creating beautiful tableware products. Using innovative design techniques and bold shapes, Royal Doulton remains one of the world’s leading tableware manufacturers.

Royal Winton
Royal Winton was the industry leader in developing processes that allowed the intricately patterned chintz pieces to be economically produced for the masses, and the popularity of chintz patterns increased significantly.

Royal Worcester
The year 2001 marked the 250th anniversary of the founding of this distinguished tableware company. Now a member of the Royal China and Porcelain Companies, Inc., Royal Worcester continues to be a leader and trendsetter in the tableware industry.

Seneca Glass Company
For almost a century Seneca Glass in Morgantown, West Virginia was a premier producer of fine lead glass in colors, crystal, and with elegant cuttings and numerous decorative treatments.

Tosca by Spiegelau Crystal Spiegelau/Nachtmann
The story of Spiegelau crystal spans nearly five centuries. Nestled deep within Bavaria’s Black Forest, this small village is known for its picture perfect beauty and for its ability to create stunning crystal products.

Christmas Tree (Green Trim) by Spode Spode
Spode has become a worldwide success story. The company now employs over 600 people, and produces a wide range of product, from earthenware to fine bone china.

Steuben Glass Steuben Glass
Over the years, Steuben has become an American legend.  Their clear crystal modernist pieces have been given to presidents, statesmen, conductors, and civic leaders.  Begin here to read this informative history.

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