Featured Museum Pieces Archive -
Museum Feature – Gorham Bird’s Nest Salt Spoon
When the price of silver plummeted following the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, silver became a popular medium for the whimsical specialty items adored by the members of America’s Gilded Age elite, including our Museum Feature this month: Gorham’s Bird’s Nest salt spoon.
Museum Feature – Cinnabar Cufflinks by Noritake
The museum at Replacements, Ltd. houses a number of unique piece types from popular manufacturers of china, crystal, silver, and collectibles. Our Museum Feature this month, an exquisite set of cinnabar cufflinks from Noritake, is a stunning example of the types of rare and interesting items found in our extensive collection!
Museum Feature – New Martinsville Radiance-Ruby Cordial
Our Museum Feature this month is a brilliant, Radiance-Ruby cordial produced by the New Martinsville Glass Company. New Martinsville literature from 1936 described this pattern as “appealing to the discriminating, but not radical, Radiance is the glassware every buyer will want to see.” Read on to learn more!
Museum Feature – Alvin Silver Bridal Rose Jelly/Cake Server
With its elegant, detailed ornamentation, Alvin Silver’s Bridal Rose quickly became one of the most popular turn-of-the-century patterns after its introduction in 1903. During its prime, the Bridal Rose pattern featured over 180 piece types, including our Museum Feature this month: the Bridal Rose jelly/cake server.
Museum Feature – Fostoria Dolly Madison Cruet Set
Fostoria was one of several glass and tableware companies to start a line of “Dolly Madison” products. Fostoria’s Dolly Madison pattern comprised a profusion of different piece types, among which were candlesticks, mayonnaise bowls, a muffin tray, an olive dish, and our Museum Feature this month, a Dolly Madison cruet set.
Museum Feature – Georg Jensen Blossom Tea Service
Georg Jensen was a true innovator, a sculptor-turned-silversmith who chose, as French art critic Emile Sedeyn said, “to make our useful things beautiful.” Jensen’s trademarks of superb craftsmanship, interest in natural forms, and clean, sleek lines are clearly evident in this month’s Museum Feature: Jensen’s Blossom tea set.
Museum Feature – “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne” Wedgwood Plaque
Josiah Wedgwood was intensely interested in the 18th-century trend to incorporate Greek and Roman architecture, art, and ideas into buildings, interior decoration, and ornamental objects. Our museum feature this month, the “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne” plaque from Wedgwood, is a prime example of this neoclassical design sense.
Museum Feature – Duke of Wellington by Royal Worcester
The Duke of Wellington is best known today for his role in defeating Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, but he is also regarded as one of Britain’s finest soldiers and commanders. Our Museum Feature, “Duke of Wellington,” stands as a fine example of the craftsmanship applied by Royal Worcester in the creation of stunning figurines.
Museum Feature – Aynsley Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Plate
The Aynsley commemorative plate in the Replacements, Ltd. museum celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned in Westminster Abbey, June 2, 1953, and features her portrait and a magnificent cobalt blue rim accented with gold. Elizabeth’s reign has lasted 58 years, one of the longest of any British monarch.
Museum Feature – Seneca Glass Company Cobalt Blue Goblet and Stem
A goblet with a cobalt blue bowl and clear stem and a unique, tall-stemmed cordial with an equally dazzling cobalt blue bowl, both from our museum collection, evoke the history of a storied American manufacturer, the Seneca Glass Company, and craftsmanship of the highest order.
Museum Feature – Red Wing Round-Up Cruet Set, Casserole, Samovar
Nestled by the Mississippi River in the shadow of a promontory, Red Wing, MN, by the late 19th century was an industrial powerhouse in the upper Midwest, with factories, grain elevators, and extensive docks on the river. Our museum feature items were produced in the Round-Up dinnerware pattern by famed Red Wing Potteries.
Museum Feature – Ball, Black & Company Addison Day Silver Set
Sterling is often used to commemorate the personal achievements of individuals, and often those lives are interwoven in history in significant ways. This is especially true of our museum feature, the Ball, Black & Company Addison Day 5-piece sterling silver set.
Museum Feature – Royal Winton Pekin-Black and Rose Brocade
Royal Winton Pekin-Black (Gold Trim) and Rose Brocade-Cranberry (Iridescent) are patterns that will probably broaden your understanding of chintz designs. Be sure to visit our museum to enjoy a fantastic array of patterns and shapes in our “Chintz China” exhibit!
Museum Feature – Mini Teapot Stacking Set, 6-Piece Breakfast Set
Our museum feature includes two sets from an exhibit on chintz china now on display in our museum – a Royal Winton Royalty (Older) mini teapot stacking set and a 6-piece breakfast set. Our curators and showroom staff have put together a fantastic exhibit!
Museum Feature – Gorham Silver Kettle and Stand, circa 1861-1867
Our museum feature, a Gorham Silver kettle and stand, is an exquisite piece of sterling silver with gold accents. It was featured on the cover of our most recent issue of Silver Magazine, September/October 2009 – take a look and you’ll see why.
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