Spode Christmas Rose is rimmed, round, fine bone china with a geometrical holly leaf and red garland design on the verge (the verge area is where the center of the plate merges with the rim), a beautiful concentric array of holly, berries, and Christmas roses on the rim, with gold and red concentric rings, and gold trim to finish the design. This exquisite (and very popular) holiday pattern was produced by Spode in 1991. Josiah Spode opened his factory in 1780 and later introduced two breakthroughs in English porcelain. The first was a formula for adding bone ash to china that is still used today; the second was perfecting the "underglaze" decorating process, also still in use. Spode’s innovations improved the appearance and durability of English china while reducing its cost – making what had been a luxury item affordable to far more households.
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 elegance of this crystal beautifully complements the festive colors and gold trim of Spode’s Christmas Rose china and the sparkling shapes of the International Silver Heritage silverplate flatware. The Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company was founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the “Staffordshire of America”, and was in its time the nation’s leading center for ceramics production. 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.
Produced for two decades (1953-1973) by Rogers Brothers, a company later acquired by International Silver, Heritage silverplate is a classic flatware pattern. The scallop-shaped handle features a fan/plume design at the tip, and three separate floral designs, descending in size closer to the utensil, centered in the handle. Scroll and leaf designs outline the edges of the pattern. In the 18th century, New England was home to many artisans producing high-quality pewter, sterling, and silverplate. About 1808 Ashbile Griswold opened a pewter shop in Meriden, CT. Through mergers with local companies, Griswold’s original shop comprised 14 other silver manufacturers, including Holmes and Edwards, Meriden Britannia, and Rogers Brothers. In 1898 the International Silver Company became truly “international,” establishing offices in England and Canada.
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