Cockatrice-Pink by Minton is a fabulous bone china pattern featuring a gorgeous pink color palette and exotic design elements. Cockatrice-Pink’s central decorative element is a cockatrice – a legendary creature with the body of a dragon and the head of a rooster, whose origins can be traced back to the twelfth century. 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.
Persian Pheasant (Optic) by Tiffin/Franciscan is a crystal pattern of subtle beauty. Two pheasants are perched in the foliage of a flower-filled urn on the bowl of the glass, which also has a straight-line optic design. The stem of the glass is knobbed and ribbed, with a round, clear foot. The pheasant etching is highly ornate, reminiscent of the intricate Persian designs we often associate with the magnificent carpets of the region (now Iran). The Persian pheasant, often called the ring-necked pheasant, was introduced to the North American continent in the 1880s, and would have been familiar to outdoorsmen in Ohio, where Tiffin Glass Company was located. Tiffin/Franciscan, in its heyday one of the largest glass makers in its region, was long noted for the high quality of its crystal. Shimmering, delicate Persian Pheasant (Optic) is a masterwork.
Kirk Stieff Silver Rose is an exquisite sterling pattern first produced in 1937. With its intricate rose-themed design, Rose serves as the perfect complement to the Cockatrice-Pink china and Persian Pheasant (Optic) crystal featured here. The company Kirk Stieff Silver represents the culmination of two great Baltimore, MD, traditions. Charles Stieff founded Stieff Silver in 1892; the Stieff Rose pattern was introduced that same year. Samuel Kirk founded his firm much earlier, in 1815 (Kirk’s firm is acknowledged as the oldest silversmith company in America). The companies were combined in 1979. From their inception, both were recognized for innovative design and master craftsmanship. Just before World War II, Stieff began to produce silver for Colonial Williamsburg that replicated American Colonial pieces.
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