First produced in 1950, Currier & Ives-Blue by the Royal China Company is a charming multi-motif pattern decorated with various blue & white scenes inspired by Currier & Ives prints (the featured plate showcases “The Old Grist Mill” scene). Over the years, Royal produced Currier & Ives (their most popular pattern) in six different colors: black, pink, brown, green, blue, and multi-colored. The scrolled border was designed by Gordon Parker, who was the company’s art director at the time Currier & Ives was introduced. The Royal China Company got its start in 1934, when three investors founded a new china company in an abandoned factory that once housed the Oliver China Company and the E. H. Sebring Company in Sebring, Ohio. In 1964, the company expanded by purchasing the French-Saxon China Company. Royal China was bought by the Jeanette Glass Company in 1969, and Currier & Ives was discontinued shortly thereafter (it was later re-introduced in the mid-1970s). The Coca-Cola Bottling Company bought Royal China in 1976, and the company was sold several more times throughout the following decade. The company eventually faced insurmountable financial difficulties in 1986, and ceased all operations.
Fostoria’s American-Clear (also known as “Early American”) was designed by Phillip Ebeling in 1915. The design was immediately patented and the pattern quickly became one of Fostoria’s best selling patterns. This heavy, pressed-glass line features a prismatic cube design that rests atop a multi-faceted, smooth stem and hexagonal base. American-Clear was Fostoria’s bestselling pattern for 67 years, during which time it was produced in a variety of different colors, including aqua, black, blue, canary, cobalt blue, gray, green, pink, plum, ruby, and others. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region’s abundant natural resources. Fostoria was acclaimed for lines of popular colored-glass stemware introduced the 1920s, along with its clear glass and etched patterns. 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.
Oneida Woodmere is a superb stainless pattern that features a chic design and sleek shape. 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 animal traps, 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 one of the world’s largest marketers of stainless steel flatware, positioned to continue being a leader in the tableware industry for generations to come.
To browse and order in a great selection of china, crystal, and stainless pieces, start at these links!