Produced by one of the most respected and venerated china companies in the world, Spode, a firm that has been in business since 1780, Christmas Tree offers a veritable smorgasbord of pieces – more than 700 dinnerware, ornament, and accessory pieces from which to choose!
At the center of this classic holiday china pattern is a gaily decorated Christmas tree with a smiling Santa Claus carrying his sack as a tree topper; colorfully wrapped and ribboned packages are beneath the tree. A playful spray of mistletoe is placed just beside the tree on the verge (the verge area is where the center of the plate merges with the rim), and a wide concentric band of green is just inside the outside rim. The goblet is oval-shaped, with the famous Spode Christmas Tree on its side and gold trim on the rim of the glass. The goblet features a straight stem and round foot. Stainless steel flatware by Wallace Silver includes the Spode Christmas Tree design set in enamel on the handles of the utensils.
The Christmas Tree pattern was designed in 1938 by an English designer, Harold Holdway, for Spode's North American counterpart, Copeland and Thompson, Inc. Since Holdway had never seen a Christmas tree decorated in the American style, he was left to his own creative devices. His original sketch called for the Christmas presents to hang 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 atop his tree design a figure of Santa Claus. While the unique design created some concern among Holdway?s North American colleagues, his design was commissioned for production anyway. The results have been spectacular over the years. Spode Christmas Tree is not only the most popular holiday pattern at Replacements, Ltd. – it?s the most popular of all the hundreds of thousands of patterns warehoused in our facilities!
Be sure to have a look at the fantastic selection of china, glassware, flatware, accessories, and ornaments that we have in Spode Christmas Tree – this pattern will be a beautiful part of your holiday traditions for generations to come!
If you are looking for unique pieces to add to your Christmas Tree collection, or for fun accent pieces or gifts in a HUGE selection, start at the links below!