Meissen Blue Onion is rimmed, scallop-shaped white porcelain featuring the famed Meissen-blue color in a floral design on the center and rim. The rim features an exquisite, basket-weave design that pierces the rim and is painted onto the verge (the verge area is where the well of the plate merges with the rim). This is a magnificent Old World design ? not surprising, since the manufacture of fine porcelain in Meissen, Germany, began in 1710. Meissen is located in Saxony, near Dresden, in one of the most culturally rich areas in all of Germany. So coveted was the reputation of Meissen porcelain that the French monarchy charged their Vincennes factory in Sevres with producing porcelain that would surpass the quality of Meissen. But alas, that effort was doomed to failure with the Revolution of 1789.
To match the Old World charm of Meissen Blue Onion, no crystal could surpass Congress by St Louis! Congress features a concave bowl that flares at the top, with an etched, encrusted-gold medallion, wreath, and garland design on the side, and gold trim on the lip of the glass. The multi-sided stem is notched, with an etched, encrusted-gold knob, and a round foot, also etched and encrusted with gold. This pattern is pure elegance! Its maker, St Louis, is acclaimed as the oldest ?cristallerie? in France – the firm was founded in 1586 in the Lorrain region, renowned world-wide for the magnificent quality of its crystal. In Lorrain is the town of Baccarat, home to a crystal museum and one of the most famous crystal makers in the world. This rich tradition comes to dazzling life in the beauty of St Louis Congress crystal!
Reed & Barton Francis I is sterling silver with fan/plume and floral designs on the handle and heel of the utensil that show the strong influence of European Baroque art. Introduced by Reed & Barton 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. It?s truly bipartisan sterling – an equal number of Democratic and Republican presidents have used it on their tables! Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, 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. With Reed & Barton Francis I sterling, you?ll enjoy the same high quality customers have praised for nearly 200 years.
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