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!
Gorham Crystal produced the dazzling Cherrywood-Clear pattern from 1960 to 1999 – a testimony to its appeal! Cherrywood-Clear features crisscross and fan cuts in a bowl that flares at the top, a multi-sided stem, and round foot. Gorham, originally known for its high-quality sterling silver, was founded in 1831 on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. Over the nearly 180 years the company has been in business, it has produced a multitude of silver patterns, most notably, Chantilly , a household name, and the best-selling flatware pattern ever produced. In recent years, Gorham has moved into other tableware areas, including the production of exquisite crystal, like Cherrywood-Clear, and high-quality china.
Introduced in 1953, Lunt Silver Eloquence is scallop-shaped sterling with magnificent scroll and floral designs. This pierced, elaborate pattern is a lovely complement to Christmas Tree china and Cherrywood-Clear crystal . Lunt was founded as the A. F. Towle & Son Mfg. Co. in 1880 in Newburyport, MA. Towle and his son left the company and built a new factory in Newburyport under the name A.F. Towle & Son Company. After moving to Greenfield, MA, in 1890, the firm diversified. It went into automobile manufacturing and produced one of the first “horseless carriages” in America. Lack of financing caused the endeavor to fail, and George C. Lunt, who had been apprenticed to Towle, obtained financial assistance and established Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen Co., in 1902. Since 1935, the company has used the trade-name “Lunt Silversmiths.”
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