His Majesty by Johnson Brothers is high-quality, rimmed, scallop-shaped earthenware, with a regal tom turkey spreading his plumage in the center of the plate, and an embossed rim strewn with nuts, fruits, berries, and vegetables, all colored in lush earth tones. The outside rim features a thin, painted cable design. Designed from an original engraving, the tom turkey on His Majesty made his first appearance as an accent plate in the tremendously popular Johnson Brothers Friendly Village multi-motif pattern. Demand for the accent plate was so great that Johnson Brothers introduced His Majesty just two years later. Customers have enjoyed the quality and durability of Johnson Brothers china since 1882.
Sovereign by Wedgwood Crystal is a heavy lead crystal pattern that features a flared bowl with a charming floral motif complemented by a crosshatched diamond cut design, a multisided, knobbed stem, and an elegant round foot adorned with a starburst cut. In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established a pottery at the “Ivy House Works” in Burslem, England. During the company’s first ten years, Wedgwood made many advances in the refining of porcelain. One of Wedgwood’s most important creations was creamware, true fine china that was easy to produce, relatively inexpensive to make, easily decorated, and desired by royalty and commoner alike. In 1765, King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, solicited Wedgwood to be “Potter to His and Her Majesty.” As a result of his new title, Wedgwood changed the official name of his creamware to “Queen’s Ware.” Jasperware, a non-glazed porcelain featuring classical figures in bas-relief, was another important invention of Wedgwood’s, and has become virtually synonymous with the Wedgwood name.
Reed & Barton Francis I
is sterling silver with fan, plume, and floral designs on the handle and heel of each piece that show the strong influence of European Baroque art. 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. It’s truly bipartisan sterling – an equal number of Democratic and Republican presidents have used it on their tables! Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, 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. Now well into its second century of operation, Reed & Barton is a leader in finely crafted sterling silver and stainless steel tableware.
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