Evesham Gold by Royal Worcester is high-quality white porcelain dinnerware with luscious plum and peach designs, so richly colored that the fruit appears three-dimensional, with gold trim. Pieces in the pattern include plums and peaches, as well as blackberries, cherries, apples, currants, corn, asparagus, and chestnuts, all beautifully colored. (Evesham is a town near Worcester, England, long recognized for growing amazing fruits and vegetables.) When Dr. John Wall founded Royal Worcester in 1751, he wrote that he wanted to "create wares of a form so precise as to be easily distinguishable" from the work of competitors. Evesham Gold is a fitting tribute to his commitment to excellence, now spanning more than two centuries.
Hawkes Chelsea Rose is lovely cut glass with a straight-sided bowl, wafered stem, and round foot. Polished cuts near the top of the bowl represent leaves with small, round berries, and near the bottom of the bowl is a delicate, geometric necklace. The balance between design and size is wonderful! Chelsea Rose 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.
Gorham Silver Strasbourg is scallop-shaped sterling silver, with a scrolled edge and fan/plume design at the tip of the handle. The balance in proportions in this silver represents the very apex of great design, where one part does not detract attention from the whole. Strasbourg is a wonderful complement to Evesham Gold and Chelsea Rose. This elegant pattern was produced by a legendary American company, Gorham Silver. Jabez Gorham, its founder, born into a family of eight, was apprenticed to 18th century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at a very early age. After his apprenticeship, Gorham founded his own company in 1831 in a shop on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. He quickly established a reputation for creating distinctive hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Gorham Silver’s reputation for excellence endures today.
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