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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. Since he did not realize that most Americans used angels or stars as tree toppers, Holdway placed atop his tree design a figure of Santa Claus. 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 all the more than 425,000 patterns on file!

Many of the crystal patterns made by Waterford reflect Irish spirit and history. Charlemont celebrates the history of a village and family in northern Ireland in Armagh County. In 1602 Sir Toby (Charles) Caulfeild, serving under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, established a bridge and a fort to protect it at a location on the Blackwater river. From that point forward, the site became known as Charlemont, and for this and other services to the Queen, Caulfeild was awarded a huge grant of land, and was eventually named Baron of Charlemont under James I. Gorgeous on any table, Charlemont crystal is a popular Waterford pattern. The company dates back to the Flint Glass Works, founded in 1783 on the quay in the port town of Waterford. When a Waterford crystal service was presented to the wife of King George III, she was so proud of it that she had it displayed in Cheltenham castle. Today “Waterford” is synonymous with fine crystal, and is found in households around the world.

Wallace Silver Grande Baroque sterling is a pierced design, scallop-shaped, with lavish scroll, bead, and garland features on the tip of the handle and the heel of the utensil. First produced in 1941, the design was created by master silversmith William S. Warren to celebrate the art of the Baroque period, when King Louis XIV of France called for art that was more ornate and grandiose than the art of the Renaissance. Louis believed this dramatic new style in art and architecture would impress foreign visitors with the triumphant power of France. In designing Grande Baroque, silversmith Warren drew upon his knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art to create a true masterpiece in sterling. Wallace Silver, founded in Connecticut nearly 200 years ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship – Grande Baroque is one of the company’s most-admired creations!

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