Homer Laughlin Co. Fiesta-Persimmon (Newer) is coupe-shaped (the plate is convex, with no rim), round china, with embossed concentric rings at the center of the plate and at the rim. Fiesta comes in a wide variety of solid colors that can be mixed and matched with Persimmon. Designed in 1936 and showing the strong influence of the Art Deco movement, Homer Laughlin Co. Fiesta is the best-selling dinnerware in American history. Simple shapes and bold colors broke with the ornate, floral dinnerware traditions of the time, and spoke to the emerging casual lifestyle in American households. Homer Laughlin personally noted customer reactions to different colors that were being considered for the initial release of Fiesta – an early example of consumer focus groups!
Imperial Glass-Ohio Old Williamsburg-Clear is a wonderful complement to the simple lines of Homer Laughlin Co. Fiesta-Persimmon (Newer). The concave bowl of the glass flares at the top, with beautiful panels on the side, a multi-sided stem with wafer and ball, and a round foot. Old Williamsburg-Clear was produced by Imperial Glass-Ohio from 1959 to 1982, when the company closed its doors. Founded in 1901 in Bellaire, OH, by Edward Muhleman, a riverboat captain and financier, the Imperial Glass Company began production in 1904, and was at the time “the largest factory in this part of the Ohio Valley.” Over its 82-year history, the company produced a fantastic array of glassware, figurines, and accessories that were sold in the leading department stores of the day.
Kirk Stieff Silver Williamsburg Shell is an elegantly simple sterling pattern with a large shell design at the tip of the handle. The broad handle narrows to a slender waist at the utensil – providing real flair to this understated design! Kirk Stieff Silver is the culmination of two great Baltimore, MD, traditions. Charles Stieff founded Stieff Silver in 1892; Samuel Kirk founded his silversmith firm much earlier, in 1815 (Kirk’s firm is acknowledged as the oldest silversmith company in America). The firms were combined in 1979. From their inception, both companies were recognized for innovative design and master craftsmanship. Just before World War II, Stieff began to produce silver for Colonial Williamsburg to make replicas of American pieces going back to silversmiths like Paul Revere.
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