Antique-Ruby 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-Ruby perfectly complements the bowl design of the accompanying Antique-Ruby glassware and the flowing handle design of Camden flatware. Antique-Ruby 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.
Showcasing the same gorgeous design of arches and decorative cutting, Antique-Ruby glassware by Cris d’Arques/Durand also features a clear, multisided stem and round foot that provides a superb contrast to the vibrant ruby color of the bowl. Ruby-colored glass was first made by glassmakers during the Roman Empire, but the method for producing ruby glass was lost sometime during the Dark Ages. It wasn’t until the late seventeenth century, when Swedish chemist Johann Kunckel developed a process for making ruby glass by adding gold chloride during the normal glass-making process that ruby-colored glass began to be produced again. Using Kunckel’s method, glassmakers in Europe continued producing ruby glass throughout the eighteenth century, but the skill and extra labor required to produce the proper color made ruby-colored pieces rare and expensive during this time. Ruby glass found its way to the American market in the mid eighteenth century, arriving with craftsmen who emigrated from Europe. In the early twentieth century, a process of producing ruby glass using selenium in place of gold was developed, making the color easier and cheaper to produce in mold-blown or hand-pressed glass. (Gold was still used to create the lighter red color known as cranberry glass, and in the production of blown wares). When glass manufacturers started pressing ruby glass during the Great Depression, the selenium formula proved unsatisfactory, and the ruby color was created using copper instead.
Wallace Silver’s Camden is a delightful stainless steel flatware pattern featuring a graceful handle design with floral elements and a glossy finish – Camden is an eye-catching pattern! Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had immigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace, after mastering his trade, purchased a dilapidated grist mill and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Camden is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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