Plum Blossom is fine blue-and-white china with a multi-sided shape and flowing, geometric border designs. Artfully rendered in the center of the plate is a graceful, blossoming plum tree. With its Asian-influnced design, the
Plum Blossom pattern beautifully represents the craftsmanship and production excellence associated with the Mikasa company. In the early 1930s, Mikasa was established as an international trading company based in Secaucus, New Jersey. The company, while wholly American, looked to Japan for inspiration. Named in honor of Prince Mikasa, the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito, Mikasa soon established itself as one of the most recognized Japanese brand names in the West. Importing merchandise produced by a network of over 150 manufacturers worldwide, the company itself never attempted to make any of the dinnerware it sold. Rather, the Mikasa branded items were imported from Japan, Ireland, England, France, and Germany. Business exploded in the 1950s, and tableware became the staple business for Mikasa. Customer requests were pouring in from all parts of the country, and department stores including Bloomingdale's and Macy's could not keep enough stock to meet demand. Consumers found Mikasa ceramics to be very strong, versatile, and stylish. By the beginning of the 1960s, Mikasa had established a reputation as "the pioneer of American casual." Today, Mikasa continues to leverage the momentum it has built over the decades since its inception.
With a concave bowl and platinum trim,
Plum Blossoms features a continuous, delicate floral design, a multisided stem, and a round foot. The beautiful design of this crystal serves as the ideal complement to the organic and geometric shapes of Mikasa’s
Plum Blossom and the elegant refinement of Towle’s
Lady Mary sterling. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the “Staffordshire of America” in its time, the Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company produced art-quality pieces. By 1897 examples of Lenox’s work were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In 1918, President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson commissioned a set of Lenox for the White House, making it the first American china to grace a president’s table. Lenox introduced its line of hand-blown crystal in 1966.
Towle from 1917 to 1996, the streamlined and understated
Lady Mary sterling pattern features a multi-sided tip, an outlined/beveled edge, geometric elements, and a glossy finish. One of our most popular silver makers carried at Replacements, Ltd., Towle is founded on the craftsmanship and artistry of the Moulton family of England, who over six generations of silver making, raised their artisanship to a high art. A young man named Anthony Towle would join William Moulton IV as an apprentice. When Moulton retired, Towle and a partner, William Jones, bought the Moulton family stock and formed Towle & Jones in 1857. With such a long history and distinguished tradition, Towle's patterns resonate with skill and pride in craft.
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