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Wedgwood Bramble-Pink (Shell Edge) is fine bone china with a delightful briar rose design. The Bramble pattern was very successful for Wedgwood – it was released in green, blue, brown, multicolor, and purple variations. Introduced in 1963, Bramble-Pink (Shell Edge) bears a Wedgwood design hallmark. Company founder Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) often used organic shapes in the design and decoration of his dinnerware. An avid conchologist, Wedgwood collected and studied mollusk shells. In spite of a debilitating physical condition (his knee joints were so painful from a childhood disease that he could not operate the potter’s wheel when he learned the trade, and therefore became a designer), Wedgwood was often seen on the beaches of England, collecting specimens.

Duncan & Miller First Love is blown glass with intricate floral designs etched on the bowl – the pattern features a shapely ball stem. Duncan & Miller was founded by George Duncan, who had worked in the glass industry since the end of the Civil War. In 1872, he formed a partnership with his sons, Harry and James, along with his son-in-law, Augustus H. Heisey (another famous name in the history of American glass making). George Duncan & Sons, was located in Pittsburgh, PA, an important site for American glass making since Colonial times. Generations of European immigrants lived in the area, many of them drawn from the glass making centers of the Old World. One of those men was John Ernest Miller, a native German who joined the company in 1874. Miller was made a partner in the company in 1900.

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.

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