A gently scalloped edge with green trim enhances the pink peony and blue and yellow floral designs of Royal Doulton Floradora Green. The pattern beautifully represents the production excellence associated with the company. Founded as Doulton and Watts in Lambeth, England, in 1815, the company produced both industrial and household ceramics. John Doulton’s sons, who had joined their father in the business, eventually formed companies of their own. But turmoil in the British financial markets forced the businesses to dissolve. In 1853 they reformed as Doulton and Co. (In 1901, King Edward VII conferred a Royal Warrant upon Doulton and Co. to honor the company’s production of ceramic vessels that successfully filtered pollutants from the water of the Thames River, London’s primary source for drinking water.)
Rogaska Country Gardens crystal features exquisite floral designs and panels cut into the bowl, a multi-sided stem with ball and wafer elements, and starburst cuts on the round foot – this is a gorgeous pattern! Rogaska was founded in 1665 in the mountains of Slovenia, a region long recognized for its glass making. While Rogaska uses modern technologies and processes, the heart of the company’s production has been constant since the 17th century – the individual glassblower and glass cutter, devoted to the aesthetics of their work. With generations of skilled artisans in its employ and world-class crystal designers creating new wares, Rogaska is admired in the crystal industry for unwavering quality and magnificent design.
Delicate scroll and floral designs accent the scallop-shaped handles of Irving , sterling produced by Wallace Silver in 1900. Typical of turn-of-the-century sterling, Irving includes blunt-shaped dinner knives with bolsters. Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had emigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace purchased a dilapidated grist mill after mastering his trade, and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Irving is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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