Ariana is rimmed whiteware with a stylized, geometric floral pattern with band on the verge (the verge is where the center of the plate joins the rim), and a similar, larger design repeated on the rim of the plate. The pattern has a wonderfully open and airy feel to it! Gorham, originally known for its high-quality sterling silver, was founded in 1831 on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. Over the nearly 180 years the company has been in business, it has produced a multitude of silver patterns, most notably,
Chantilly, a household name, and the best-selling flatware pattern ever produced. In recent years, Gorham has moved into other tableware areas, including the production of high-quality china, like
Ariana, and exquisite crystal.
Jamestown-Blue is light blue, pressed glass with a concave, squarish bowl that features swirling, spiral panels on the side. The twist stem echoes the shapes of the panels on the bowl, and the foot is round. Even with its square shape, the curves in this pattern are organic and elegant. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that regionís abundant natural resources.
Jamestown-Blue, released in 1958, was another in a line of popular colored-glass stemware introduced by Fostoria in the 1920s. 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.
American Tradition is high-quality 18/10 stainless (18/10 represents the ratio of chromium and nickel used in the stainless steel, which adds luster and durability to the pieces) with an elegantly balanced, clean design. The tip of the handle is pointed, and the simple bead design outlining the shape is reminiscent of American Colonial flatware. 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 emigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace purchased a dilapidated grist mill after mastering his trade, and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. His most successful early product? Spoons!
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