Wedgwood Chinese Teal is scallop-shaped china featuring a serene bird and floral scene in the center of the plate, flower sprays on the rim, and an embossed edge. Produced in the Queen’s Ware line between 1974 and 1988, Chinese Teal is a spectacular Wedgwood pattern! Its vibrant colors complement a variety of linens and centerpieces, and its scalloped shape fits beautifully with a wide range of crystal and silver. In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established a pottery at the “Ivy House Works” in Burslem, England. During his first ten years of business, Wedgwood made many advances in the refining of porcelain. One of Wedgwood’s most important creations was creamware, true fine china that was easy to produce, relatively inexpensive to make, easily decorated, and desired by royalty and commoner alike. In 1765, King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, solicited Wedgwood to be “Potter to His and Her Majesty.” As a result of his new title, Wedgwood changed the official name of his creamware to “Queen’s Ware.” Jasperware, a non-glazed porcelain featuring classical figures in bas-relief, was another important invention of Wedgwood’s, and has become virtually synonymous with the Wedgwood name.
A distinctive shape and curved panels make Imperial Glass-Ohio Old Williamsburg-Clear a perfect complement for Wedgwood Chinese Teal. With a knobbed, multi-sided stem and concave bowl flaring at the top, Old Williamsburg-Clear was produced from 1959 to 1982, yet pays homage to earlier patterns made famous by Imperial Glass-Ohio in the 1930s. The company, founded in 1901 by Edward Muhleman, a riverboat captain and financier who had enjoyed success in other glass-making ventures, produced widely popular glassware designs for eight decades. Based in Bellaire, OH, Imperial Glass-Ohio was able to pull through the Great Depression due to the success of legendary patterns like Candlewick-Clear and Cape Cod in the late 1930s. Today, Imperial Glass-Ohio pieces are highly sought-after by collectors.
Towle Spanish Provincial is an exquisite sterling pattern with a floral motif, a scalloped tip, a scrolling, floral edge, and a glossy finish. The flowing, elegant floral design of Spanish Provincial works well with the bolder Chinese Teal and Old Williamsburg-Clear patterns. The history of Towle Silver is rooted in the Moulton family of England. Starting with William Moulton II, a tradition of craftsmanship and artistry would be built by six generations of Moultons, including William Moulton IV, who would apprentice a young Anthony F. Towle. After years of diligent study, Anthony decided to start his own business upon the retirement of William IV. Using the knowledge he had acquired working with the Moulton family, Anthony Towle and partner William P. Jones would buy the Moulton family stock to form Towle & Jones, Co. in 1857. The company found firm footing and a warm reception in the silver industry and market at large. Production of the first Towle hollowware lines (tea sets and other pieces) began in 1890, and Towle gained recognition for fine craftsmanship in the many years that followed. Patterns like Candlelight, produced since 1934, and Old Master, produced since 1942, have consistently drawn hordes of dedicated followers. Today, Towle embodies all of the original principles set forth by the Moulton family, and used so wisely by Anthony Towle. The Towle Silver legacy of great craftsmanship, beautiful design, and quality will ensure its continued success in the silver tableware market.
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