With his bright red, green, and yellow feathers, there’s no doubt who’s top rooster in the Metlox California Provincial pattern! California Provincial was introduced in 1950 as part of Metlox’s “Provincial” collection debut. Inspiration for this rustic collection of tableware was drawn from early American arts, crafts, home decor, and architecture. The incorporation of rooster and hen designs in the collection added additional stylized Americana to the popular pieces. Metlox Pottery – also known as Metlox-Poppytrail and Metlox-Poppytrail-Vernonware – is a highly regarded American tableware company that traces its origins to 1921, when T.C. Prouty and his son, Willis, opened “Proutyline Products” in Hermosa Beach, CA. The company produced architectural tiles using a patented tile body made primarily of talc. In 1927 the Proutys introduced Metlox as a division – the name “Metlox” combined the words “metal” and “oxide.” Having relocated to Manhattan Beach, the company added big outdoor ceramic signs to its product mix. These signs were popular with theaters featuring the works of the burgeoning California film industry. When demand for the signs dwindled during the Great Depression, Metlox introduced its first line of dinnerware in 1932. With designs that perfectly captured the “contemporary casual” mood of the time, Metlox dinnerware became very popular – the company continued production until it closed its doors in 1989.
Fostoria Jamestown-Ruby is red, 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 graceful, and perfectly complement the California Provincial china and Octette flatware featured here. Founded in Fostoria, Ohio, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region’s abundant natural resources. 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.
Gorham Silver Octette is a remarkably elegant pewter flatware pattern! This beautiful pattern was produced by a legendary American company. Its founder, Jabez Gorham, was born into a family of eight and apprenticed to eighteenth-century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at a very early age. In 1831, Gorham founded his own company in Providence, RI. He quickly established a reputation for creating hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Gorham soon became the world’s leading force for silver, dominating American silver production during the Gilded Age of the 1890s. Over their 180 years of production, Gorham has produced such treasures as the tea and flatware service purchased by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln for the White House in 1859, the Century Vase created for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibit in 1876, the monument of George Washington in the Capitol's Rotunda, and the Borg-Warner Trophy for the Indianapolis 500. Gorham’s reputation for excellence endures today, and the company has expanded into other dinnerware product categories, making high-quality stainless steel flatware, as well as delicate yet versatile china, and high-quality crystal.
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