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Antique-Emerald by Cris d’Arques/Durand is a beautiful pressed glass pattern featuring an exquisite design of arches and ornate, decorative cutting. The intricate and elegant design of Antique-Emerald perfectly complements the bowl design of the accompanying Wexford-Clear glassware and the linear handle design of Crescendo flatware. Antique-Emerald is produced by J.G. Durand, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of lead crystal. Cris d’Arques is a Durand line made in the city of Arques, France. As a French company, J.G. Durand is known for exhibiting great national pride via the expression of the grand architectural and artistic heritage of France. For that reason, many Cris d’Arques patterns, like Tuilleries/Villandry and Versailles , are named after castles and chateaus throughout the country.

Produced for over 30 years, from 1967 to 1998, Anchor Hocking Wexford-Clear is clear pressed glass with crisscross cuts, a multisided stem, and round foot with a starburst cut design. The Hocking Glass Company was formed in 1905 in Lancaster, Ohio, and originally produced glass lamp chimneys. As the company expanded, production grew to include a variety of glassware, both plain and decorated, for commercial and home use. In 1928, Hocking Glass was the first company to produce automatic pressed tableware, and became one of the first companies to introduce lines of brightly-colored tableware. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Hocking Glass acquired other glass companies, including the Lancaster Glass Company, the Standard Glass Manufacturing Company, the General Glass Corporation, and many others, before itself being acquired by Anchor Cap Corporation in 1937. Expansion of the Anchor Hocking company continued as new factories were added in Pennsylvania and Texas and a number of other glass companies were acquired, each adding manufacturing innovations and a diverse collection of product lines to the company’s portfolio. Today, Anchor Hocking remains a leader in the production of industrial and consumer products.

Reed & Barton’s Crescendo is a gorgeous stainless pattern that features a chic ribbed design and a glossy finish. Crescendo is emblematic of its maker, Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company that traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. After changes in ownership, the company began to use the “Reed & Barton” stamp on its silver in the 1840s. One of Reed & Barton’s best-known patterns is Francis I. Introduced in 1907, Francis I quickly became a favorite of nobility and presidents. No less than four U.S. presidents dined with Francis I – Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford. In more recent years, the company has also been recognized for its high-quality stainless steel patterns, like the Crescendo pattern featured here.

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