Cheviot-Blue by Minton, produced from 1940 to 1970, features a scalloped rim, a gorgeous blue and white color palette, and exquisite gold trim. Minton is one of England’s oldest china makers. The company was founded in 1793 at Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England’s Staffordshire china-producing region, by Thomas Minton, William Pownall, and Joseph Poulson. Along with the rise of the middle class in nineteenth-century industrial England – with greater attention to household finery and more discretionary income – came the rise of Minton. The company introduced patterns and manufacturing processes that made their high-quality china more attractive and affordable to the English middle class. They continue producing luxurious dinnerware and remain leaders in the market of tableware production and design. Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of Minton’s patterns, including Haddon Hall (their most popular pattern), Bellemeade, Ancestral, and Jasmine.
Hawkes L-Rock Cut is lovely blown glass with a stylish bowl shape, bulbous stem, and round foot with a cut design. A graceful leaf design is delicately rendered with polished cuts near the top of the bowl. L-Rock Cut is an ideal complement to Cheviot-Blue china and Marlborough sterling – the balance between design and size is outstanding! The maker, T. G. Hawkes & Co., established in 1880 as The Hawkes Rich Cut Glass Works in Corning, NY, in its heyday epitomized the finest in cut glass production, creating more than 300 beautifully cut and engraved stemware patterns and other pieces. During its 82 years in business, T. G. Hawkes & Co. designed cut glass services for members of royalty and at least two U.S. Presidents. Hawkes pieces are highly prized by collectors.
Reed & Barton’s Marlborough is a phenomenal sterling pattern that features a scroll edge, a plumed tip, and a glossy finish. The Marlborough sterling pattern was produced by Reed & Barton for more than 100 years, from 1906 to 2011! This elegant pattern is emblematic of its maker, Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company that traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. After changes in ownership, the company began to use the “Reed & Barton” stamp on its silver in the 1840s. One of the company’s best-known patterns is Francis I . Introduced by Reed & Barton in 1907, Francis I quickly became a favorite of nobility and presidents (no less than four U.S. presidents dined with Francis I – Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford). Now well into its second century of operation, Reed & Barton is a leader in finely crafted sterling silver and stainless steel.
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