Beautifully named Amapola (Spanish for “poppy”) by Villeroy & Boch features exquisitely rendered, embossed poppy designs on the rim that spill onto the well of the plate. Concentric, intertwined green stems on the rim complete the design. Amapola is a showcase pattern for Germany’s Villeroy & Boch, founded in 1748. Its longevity is not the only rare characteristic of the company in a modern corporate world. Despite the ravages of World War I and the Second World War, Villeroy & Boch remains a family owned company; the eighth generation of the founders actively creates and produces tableware designs. Villeroy & Boch is the world’s largest producer of ceramics. Its wares include egg cups, bath tubs, the tiles in New York City’s Holland Tunnel, and table settings for the Vatican in Rome.
Lenox Crystal Aria features a twisted stem, a round foot, and a convex bowl. Since the 1950s, about half the china sets on dinner tables in this country has borne the Lenox backstamp. Responding to consumer demand, Lenox introduced a line of hand-blown crystal to complement its china in 1966. In 1991, again responding to consumers, Lenox began to produce silver flatware, making it the first company in America to offer the complete tabletop.
Oneida Sheraton is a superb stainless pattern that features embossed bands, rope-like filigree, and a floral design at the tip of each teardrop shaped handle. Oneida, Ltd. grew out of the original Oneida Community founded in upstate New York by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. This Christian communal society was based upon the principles of individual self-perfection and shared property. Many products were manufactured by the Oneida Community, including animal traps, silk, chains, and, eventually, some of the world's most recognizable, high-quality, and beautifully designed flatware. During World War I and World War II, Oneida began producing many products for the U.S. military, including ammunition clips, combat knives, surgical instruments, and silverware for the Army and Navy. 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 one of the world's largest marketers of stainless steel flatware, positioned to continue being a leader in the tableware industry for generations to come.
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