Spode Christmas Tree was designed in 1938 by English designer Harold Holdway for Spode's North American counterpart, Copeland and Thompson. Since Holdway had never seen a Christmas tree decorated in the American style, his original sketch depicted Christmas presents hanging on the tree's limbs, like ornaments. When he was told gifts in America were placed under the tree, he revised his sketch to reflect that tradition. He did manage to leave a unique touch, however. Since he did not realize that most Americans used angels or stars as tree toppers, Holdway placed a figure of Santa Claus atop his tree design! While the unique design created some concern among Holdway’s North American colleagues, it was commissioned for production. The results have been spectacular! Spode Christmas Tree is not only the most popular holiday pattern at Replacements, Ltd. – it’s the most popular of the more than 330,000 patterns on file!
Lenox Crystal Eternal (Gold Trim) features a multisided stem, a round foot, and a wide band of gold trim on a concave bowl that flares at the top. The simple gold band that encircles Lenox Eternal crystal is symbolic of the wedding band. Wedding bands are often called “eternity rings” and are traditionally made from precious materials including gold. The circular design of the wedding ring is meant to symbolize an unbroken (or eternal) bond. Because of this symbolism, the Eternal pattern has become one of Lenox’s most popular patterns. 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.
Gorham Silver Gorham Shell (Stainless) is an elegantly simple sterling pattern with a large shell design at the tip of the handle. The broad handle narrows to a slender waist at the utensil, providing real flair to this understated design. Gorham has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent design companies in silver tableware. The White House has used Gorham silver services during several administrations; Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House, and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the United States’ centennial anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 ounces of sterling silver. Gorham’s reputation for excellence endures today, and their well-earned design pedigree is easily recognized in the gorgeous Gorham Shell (Stainless) pattern.
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