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Royal Worcester Ambassador-Green is fine English bone china, rimmed, with a gold band on the verge (the verge is the area where the plate merges with the rim), a gold geometric design on the rim, and is completed on the edge with a band of gold, a green border with raised gold dots, and gold trim. Like its name, Ambassador-Green is statesmanlike! From its inception quality of materials has been a hallmark of the Royal Worcester company. In 1751 Dr. John Wall, one of the founders, developed “soft paste” porcelain that would not crack or shatter in boiling water. From the very beginning, Dr. Wall wanted to produce tableware unmatched in its detail and design quality. More than 250 years later, Royal Worcester remains on the forefront of design and production excellence.

With a convex bowl and gold trim, Lenox Crystal Monroe (Gold Trim) features a flower petal design connecting the bowl to the twist design of the stem, and a round foot. The clean design of this crystal beautifully complements the ornate geometric band and gold trim of Royal Worcester’s Ambassador-Green and the elegance of Gorham’s English Gadroon sterling. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the “Staffordshire of America” in 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. Lenox introduced its line of hand-blown crystal in 1966.

English Gadroon sterling by Gorham Silver is a magnificent example of gadrooning, an ornamental band that is embellished with fluting, reeding, or another continuous pattern. This form of design, also used in architecture and furniture-making, was made popular during the Italian Renaissance. Finished with a fan/plume design on the tip of the handle, English Gadroon was introduced in 1939 and remained in production for more than five decades. Gorham Silver was founded by Jabez Gorham in 1831 in a shop on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. Born into a family of eight, Gorham had been apprenticed to 18th century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at an early age. After founding his own company, Gorham quickly established a reputation for hand-crafted silver of the highest quality – a reputation that endures today.

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