Calico-Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) by Staffordshire is a charming blue transferware pattern first produced in 1960. Transferware pieces are created using copper engraving to apply an image to a special tissue, which is then is applied to an earthenware, pottery, or ceramic base and fired to produce a detailed rendering of the artist's engraving. Indigo blue, the blue found between blue and violet on the traditional color wheel, has historically been the mainstay color for the most iconic transferware patterns. The inspiration for the striking Calico-Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) pattern is “calico” – a type of cloth known for its distinctive, all-over floral print. It’s believed that Staffordshire’s Calico-Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) is based on an 18th-century version of this floral fabric design.
Tuilleries/Villandry by Cris d’Arques/Durand is a beautiful blown glass pattern featuring an exquisite design, an elegant shape, and a variety of ornate, decorative cuts. The sophisticated design of Tuilleries/Villandry perfectly complements the intricate designs of the accompanying Calico-Blue china and Affection flatware. Tuilleries/Villandry is produced by J.G. Durand, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of lead crystal. Cris d’Arques is a Durand line made in the city of Arques, France. As a French company, J.G. Durand is known for exhibiting great national pride via the expression of the grand architectural and artistic heritage of France. For that reason, many Cris d’Arques patterns, like Tuilleries/Villandry and Versailles, are named after castles and chateaus throughout the country.
Produced from 1960 to 2004, Oneida Affection is a superb silverplate pattern that features a graceful floral design and glossy finish. Oneida, Ltd. grew out of the original Oneida Community founded in upstate New York by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. This Christian communal society was based upon the principles of individual self-perfection and shared property. Many products were manufactured by the Oneida Community, including silk, chains, and, eventually, some of the world's most recognizable, high-quality, and beautifully designed flatware. During World War I and World War II, Oneida began producing many products for the U.S. military, including ammunition clips, combat knives, surgical instruments, and silverware for the Army and Navy. When stainless steel was introduced to the market in the early twentieth century, it failed to make an immediate impression on the flatware industry. Oneida, however, decided to shift its focus from sterling to stainless flatware production. Strong research and development greatly improved the quality of stainless steel as a dinnerware material, facilitating Oneida’s success in the stainless flatware market. Today, Oneida, Ltd. is positioned to continue being a leader in the tableware industry for generations to come.
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