Fine bone china with gold trim and exquisite camellia designs arranged asymmetrically, Royal Doulton Canton remained in production 1978-1996, a period that saw wide changes in tableware styles. The pattern beautifully represents the design and production excellence associated with the Royal Doulton company. Founded as Doulton and Watts in Lambeth, England, in 1815, the company produced both industrial and household ceramics. (In 1901, King Edward VII conferred a Royal Warrant upon Doulton and Co. to honor the company’s production of ceramic vessels that successfully filtered pollutants from the water of the Thames River, London’s primary source for drinking water.) Royal Doulton is also known worldwide for its elegant figurines.
Dramatically wide cuts and a thick stem make Carlingford by Stuart Crystal a pattern of distinctive style – this water goblet has great presence on the table! Stuart was originally based in the village of Stourbridge, in the west midlands, considered by some to be the heartland of England’s crystal making industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. The area was home to a number of master glassmakers who had emigrated from the Lorraine region of France, home to crystal makers like Baccarat and St Louis, firms that date from the 16th century. These French artisans contributed to the success of English firms like Stuart, Royal Brierly, Royal Doulton, Webb, and Corbett. The original Stuart Glass works are the site of a museum; the brand name has been purchased by the Waterford Wedgwood group.
Exquisite rose designs cover the handles of Normandie, sterling produced by Wallace Silver 1933-1996, a pattern with the look and feel of repousse silver, popularized in Maryland in the 19th century. 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 emigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace purchased a dilapidated grist mill after mastering his trade, and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Normandie is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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