Cloisonne Peony-Black by Fitz & Floyd features gold trim, a white center, and a black rim adorned with a colorful peony design motif that spills over the verge. The graceful elegance of Cloisonne Peony-Black is a wonderful complement to the charming Empire-Gold Trim crystal and Cameo sterling patterns featured this week. Since 1960, Fitz & Floyd has earned a reputation for producing high-quality china and collectibles. Their distinctive products have graced the tables of some of the world's greatest homes. In 1983, Nancy Reagan requested that Fitz & Floyd provide a dinner service for the West Wing of the White House. In 1991, Fitz & Floyd was commissioned to create a tea service commemorating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Texas. Over the years, Fitz & Floyd's unique designs have become highly sought after.
Mikasa Crystal Empire-Gold Trim is a beautiful blown glass design featuring a concave bowl that curves in at the top, resting atop a multi-sided, knobbed stem and a round foot. In the early 1930s, Mikasa was established as an international trading company based in Secaucus, New Jersey. The company, while wholly American, looked to Japan for inspiration. Named in honor of Prince Mikasa, the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito, Mikasa soon established itself as one of the most recognized Japanese brand names in the West. Importing merchandise produced by a network of over 150 manufacturers worldwide, the company itself never attempted to make any of the dinnerware it sold. Rather, the Mikasa branded items were imported from Japan, Ireland, England, France, and Germany. Business exploded in the 1950s, and tableware became the staple business for Mikasa. Customer requests were pouring in from all parts of the country, and department stores including Bloomingdale's and Macy's could not keep enough stock to meet demand. Consumers found Mikasa ceramics to be very strong, versatile, and stylish. By the beginning of the 1960s, Mikasa had established a reputation as "the pioneer of American casual." Today, Mikasa continues to leverage the momentum it has built over the decades since its inception.
Reed & Barton’s Cameo is a gorgeous sterling pattern that features a scroll edge, a framed cameo tip, floral design accents, and a glossy finish. The Cameo sterling pattern was produced by Reed & Barton for close to 50 years, from 1959 to 2009. This elegant pattern is emblematic of its maker, Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company that traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. After changes in ownership, the company began to use the “Reed & Barton” stamp on its silver in the 1840s. One of the company’s best-known patterns is Francis I . Introduced by Reed & Barton in 1907, Francis I quickly became a favorite of nobility and presidents (no less than four U.S. presidents dined with Francis I – Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford). Now well into its second century of operation, Reed & Barton is a leader in finely crafted sterling silver and stainless steel.
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