Royal Doulton Carlyle is rimmed china with a blue flower and scroll design rendered on a teal background with gold accents at the center of the plate. A similar design covers the rim, with gold trim on the outside edge. The contrasting colors, accents, and trim are so richly applied that the effect is like that of fine enameled jewelry. This luscious design will give your table a regal touch! 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 world-wide for its elegant figurines.
With a convex bowl and gold trim, Lenox Crystal Monroe (Gold Trim) features a flower petal design connecting the bowl to the twist design of the stem, and a round foot. The clean design of this crystal beautifully complements the rich colors and gold trim of Royal Doulton?s Carlyle china and the elegance of Towle?s King Richard sterling. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the ?Staffordshire of America? in its time, the Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company produced art-quality pieces. By 1897 examples of Lenox?s work were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In 1918 President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson commissioned a set of Lenox for the White House, making it the first American china to grace a president?s table. Lenox introduced its line of hand-blown crystal in 1966.
Introduced in 1932, Towle King Richard is a lovely sterling silver pattern, with delicately wrought scroll and garland designs and a fan/plume design at the tip of the handle, with a distinctive cameo design in the center. The company was founded on the craftsmanship and artistry of the Moulton family of England, who over six generations of silver making, raised their artisanship to a high art. A young man named Anthony Towle joined William Moulton IV as an apprentice. When Moulton decided to retire, Towle and a partner, William Jones, bought the Moulton family stock and formed Towle & Jones in 1857. With such a long history and distinguished tradition, Towle's King Richard is a pattern that is emblematic of the skill and pride that go into each piece of Towle sterling silver.
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