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The Poppy pattern by Franciscan was produced from 1950 to 1955. This everyday pattern is adorned with a bold, richly hued floral design of bright yellow California poppies accented by purple lupine and lovely green leaves. When California-based Franciscan tableware premiered in 1934, it was practically an overnight success. The glamour of the emerging film industry and the state's climate seemed exotic to Midwesterners and those living on the East Coast. The "Golden State" became a very popular tourist destination. And Franciscan's bright-colored, less expensive "earthenware" grew in popularity as American consumers began to recover from the Great Depression. The company's now-legendary line of hand-painted, raised-pattern designs includes Desert Rose, Apple, Fresh Fruit, and Ivy . Ivy was even featured on the sets of the "I Love Lucy" show with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and the "Donna Reed Show," which ran on broadcast TV 1958-1966.

Bryce Symphony-Amethyst is blown glass with a gorgeous amethyst-colored concave bowl that flares at the top, a round, amethyst-colored foot, and a clear, ribbed stem that showcases multi-faceted knobbed elements. Bryce Brothers Company was incorporated in 1896, but the history of the company began much earlier, when ten-year-old James Bryce journeyed from Scotland to America in 1827. Determined to learn a trade in the glass industry, Bryce soon became an apprentice at Bakewell, Page, & Bakewell, a glassworks in Pittsburgh, PA. By 1850, Bryce had founded the company that would go on to become Bryce Brothers. Although the Symphony pattern was only produced in amethyst and clear, many of the Bryce Brothers’ glass patterns were produced in a variety of colors, including amber, ruby, green, pink, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, topaz, citron, chartreuse, dusk, and more. The vibrant color and bold shape of Symphony-Amethyst crystal serve as the ideal complement to the more delicate colors of Poppy china and elaborate design of Poppy sterling.

Gorham Silver began production of the Poppy sterling pattern in 1902. Poppy features an intricate cameo design and glossy finish, beautifully accented with an array of poppy flowers, leaves, and stems along the handle that culminates in a wonderfully detailed poppy in full blossom at the scalloped tip. Gorham has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent design companies in silver tableware. The White House has used Gorham silver services during several administrations; Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House, and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the United States’ centennial anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 ounces of sterling silver. Gorham’s reputation for excellence endures today, and their well-earned design pedigree is easily recognized in the gorgeous Poppy pattern.

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