Donovan Bird by Minton features an asymmetrical, exotic floral and bird design, elegantly accented by dazzling gold trim. The floral elements and design of Donovan Bird work beautifully with the graceful Marcella crystal and exquisite Chateau Rose patterns. Minton is one of England’s oldest china makers. The company was founded in 1793 at Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England’s Staffordshire china-producing region, by Thomas Minton, William Pownall, and Joseph Poulson. Along with the rise of the middle class in nineteenth-century industrial England – with greater attention to household finery and more discretionary income – came the rise of Minton. The company introduced patterns and manufacturing processes that made their high-quality china more attractive and affordable to the English middle class. They continue producing luxurious dinnerware and remain leaders in the market of tableware production and design. Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of Minton’s patterns, including Haddon Hall (their most popular pattern), Bellemeade, Ancestral, and Jasmine .
Hawkes Marcella is lovely blown glass with a convex bowl, wafered stem, and round foot with a cut design. A graceful leaf and floral design is delicately rendered with polished cuts near the top of the bowl. The balance between design and size is wonderful! Marcella pieces are weighty, yet complemented by a design that is stately and light. The maker, T. G. Hawkes & Co., established in 1880 as The Hawkes Rich Cut Glass Works in Corning, NY, in its heyday epitomized the finest in cut glass production, creating more than 300 beautifully cut and engraved stemware patterns and other pieces. During its 82 years in business, T. G. Hawkes & Co. designed cut glass services for members of royalty and at least two U.S. Presidents. Hawkes pieces are highly prized by collectors.
Produced from 1940 to 1991, Chateau Rose by Alvin Silver is an exquisite pattern that features a scalloped tip, a glossy finish, and an elaborate floral design presented in crisp detail. With its elegant ornamentation, Chateau Rose is a gorgeous sterling pattern! Alvin Silver was founded in 1886 in New Jersey. One of their first successes was developing a process for depositing pure silver on metallic and non-metallic items like umbrella and cane handles. Another cutting-edge product line included glass items with silver inlays, a design technique subsequently referred to as “Alvin Ornamentation.” The company’s innovative products were so popular that Alvin had to expand within two years of its formation. In 1908, Alvin bought Simons Brothers and Peter Krider Company silver dies and molds, and also began making electroplated flatware. In 1928, Alvin was bought by Gorham Silver, but retained the Alvin Silver name. Alvin continued operating as a subsidiary of Gorham until Gorham stopped production of Alvin patterns in 1985. Today, Alvin Silver is best remembered for its Raphael , Bridal Rose , Viking , and Fleur de Lis patterns, and there is a continued interest in Alvin silver products among collectors.
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