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Wedgwood Wild Strawberry is fine bone china with delightful strawberry vine designs scattered over the well and rim of the plate. Introduced in 1965, Wild Strawberry is a wonderful pattern for spring or summer! Company founder Josiah Wedgwood often used organic shapes in the design and decoration of his dinnerware. An avid conchologist, Wedgwood collected and studied mollusk shells. In spite of a debilitating physical condition afflicting his knees (joints so painful from a childhood disease that he could not operate the potter’s wheel, so he focused on design instead), Wedgwood was often seen on the beaches of England, collecting specimens.

Royal Gold by Wedgwood is a is an exquisite glassware pattern that features a flared bowl adorned with gold trim and a variety of dazzling cuts, a multisided stem, and a 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.

First produced in 1940, International Silver Joan of Arc is an enchanting sterling flatware pattern with an elegant and flowing scroll design. International Silver started as a combination of America’s greatest silver manufacturers. During the American Colonial period, New England was home to many artisans producing high-quality pewter, sterling, and silverplate, primarily in Connecticut. Around 1808, Ashbile Griswold opened a pewter shop in Meriden, Connecticut. Through mergers with regional companies, Griswold’s original shop grew to comprise fourteen silver manufacturers, including Holmes and Edwards (Bridgeport), Meriden Britannia (Meriden), and Rogers Brothers (Hartford). In 1898, the International Silver Company became truly “international,” establishing offices in England and Canada. Throughout the years, International Silver products have remained immensely popular.

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