Worcester Herbs-Green Trim by Royal Worcester is high-quality white porcelain dinnerware adorned with a variety of different herb designs. The plate featured here showcases a beautiful “rosemary” motif, but other herbs depicted in this pattern include sage, wild thyme, peppermint, feverfew, and others - all beautifully colored. From the inception of the company more than 260 years ago, the quality of materials has been a hallmark of Royal Worcester. In 1751, Dr. John Wall, one of the founders of the company, developed a “soft paste” porcelain that would not crack or shatter in boiling water. From the very beginning, Dr. Wall wanted to produce tableware and accent pieces unmatched in their attention to detail and design quality. Nearly a century later, the company was on the forefront of another development. “Parian” was the name given to a white “biscuit” porcelain, developed in both France and England in the mid-19th century. Parian figurines were far less expensive than marble or bronze, and far more durable than plaster, but successful firing of the material required great skill. In this process Royal Worcester was a leader, and Parian busts, figurines, vases, boxes, and pitchers adorned nearly every Victorian household. Worcester Herbs is a fitting tribute to Royal Worcester’s commitment to artistic excellence.
Minx-Pink, a blown glass design produced by Oneida, features a convex bowl that curves in at the top, and a gorgeous, understated pink color. Oneida, Ltd. grew out of the original Oneida Community founded in upstate New York by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. This communal society was based upon the principles of individual self-perfection and shared property. Many products were manufactured by the Oneida Community, including silk, chains, and, eventually, some of the world's most recognizable, high-quality, and beautifully designed tableware, like the Minx-Pink glassware featured here.
Oneida Wordsworth is a stylish glossy stainless pattern that features a detailed, elaborate design that combines floral elements, leaves, and scrolls. Oneida began production of Wordsworth in 1990, and the opulent look of this pattern serves as a wonderful complement to the elegant designs of Worcester Herbs-Green Trim china and Minx-Pink glassware. When stainless steel was introduced to the market in the early twentieth century, it failed to make an immediate impression on the flatware industry. Oneida, however, decided to shift its focus from sterling to stainless flatware production. Strong research and development greatly improved the quality of stainless steel as a dinnerware material, facilitating Oneida’s success in the stainless flatware market. Today, Oneida, Ltd. is positioned to continue being a leader in the tableware industry for generations to come.
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