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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!

Fostoria Jamestown-Green is green, pressed glass with a concave, squarish bowl that features swirling, spiral panels on the side. The twist stem echoes the shapes of the panels on the bowl, and the foot is round. Even with its square shape, the curves in this pattern are organic and elegant. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region’s abundant natural resources. Jamestown-Green was one of four colors in the Jamestown pattern to be released in 1958 – green, amber, blue, and clear – additions to a line of popular colored-glass stemware introduced by Fostoria in the 1920s. After meeting decades of stiff foreign competition with classic designs and innovative glass-making methods, Fostoria operations were shut down by its parent company, Lancaster Colony, in 1983. Fostoria glass is highly sought-after by collectors today.

Produced 1904-1945, Holly by National Silver is beautifully crafted silverplate featuring holly leaves and berries. The detail of the pattern is exquisite! Like many of our older patterns, Holly offers a wide variety of piece types. At Replacements, Ltd., we have five different styles of place knives available, and hard-to-find pieces like orange knives, oyster forks, berry spoons, cucumber/tomato servers, lettuce serving forks, and more. The National Silver Company originated with Samuel Bernstein, who was in business in New York city as early as 1890. His firm became the National Silver Company sometime before 1904, producing both sterling silver and silverplate items. Holly was one of the company’s early silverplate patterns. In 1950 the National Silver Company acquired Cheltenham & Company, Ltd., Sheffield, England. In 1956 the company purchased the F.B. Rogers Silver Company, Taunton, MA.

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