Haddon Hall by Minton, introduced in 1948, is fine bone china that features spectacular floral designs covering the plate, with embossed, swirled flutes on the rim, and either gold or green trim on the outside edge (featured plate has green 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. In addition to Haddon Hall (their most popular pattern), Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of Minton’s patterns, including Bellemeade, Ancestral, and Jasmine .
Inspired by the thistle flower of Scotland, Thistle crystal by Edinburgh Crystal features a concave bowl with a dramatic flare at the top, a multisided stem, and a dazzling variety of cuts. This shapely, intricate pattern was produced for more than 100 years, from 1896 to 2006 – a testament to its enduring appeal! The Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Company was formed in 1867 in Edinburgh, Scotland – a region known for its glassmaking since the 1600s. In 1921, Thomas Webb & Sons purchased the company, although it continued to manufacture products under its own name (which officially changed to The Edinburgh Crystal Glass Company in 1955). Both Thomas Webb and Edinburgh Crystal were bought by Crown House Ltd. in 1964, which went on to merge with Dema Glass Ltd. in 1971. The company was then acquired by the Coloroll Group in 1987, and after another series of mergers and acquisitions, was eventually acquired by WWRD in 2006. Because of their impeccable, detailed designs, Edinburgh Crystal products continue to be highly sought by collectors.
Wallace Silver’s Waltz of Spring is a striking sterling pattern, produced from 1952 to 1996. Showcasing a graceful floral motif on the handle and a glossy finish, Waltz of Spring is an eye-catching pattern! Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had immigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace, after mastering his trade, purchased a dilapidated grist mill and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Waltz of Spring is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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