Fresh Fruit by Johnson Brothers features a colorful fruit motif accented with vibrant green trim. The elegantly sculpted plates, saucers, and bowls in the pattern are octagonal in shape, with an embossed rim. The fruit designs on these pieces are varied, and are done with alluring colors and perspective so as to transform the pieces. Johnson Brothers china is known for producing beautiful, high-quality tableware. The company was founded in 1882, when brothers Alfred, Fredrick, and Henry Johnson (grandsons of the famous Meakin dinnerware family) purchased the Charles Street Works at Stoke-on-Trent in the legendary china-producing region of Staffordshire, England. Producing basic whiteware known as "semi-porcelain," the Johnson brothers created dinnerware that had the delicate characteristics of fine china, but the durability of ironstone. In 1900, a fourth brother, Robert, relocated to the United States to establish a presence for the company in North America.
Fostoria Virginia-Green is pressed glass with a concave, multi-sided bowl that features thumbprint panels with a multi-sided stem and foot. The balance of the design is extraordinary, and the design is the perfect complement to the octagonal Fresh Fruit plate and geometric Fairview flatware design. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region’s abundant natural resources. Crafted in the tradition of colored glassware introduced by Fostoria in the 1920s, the Virginia pattern was produced in 12 different colors – amethyst, brown, clear, dark blue, emerald, light blue, light green, peach, pink, smokey grey, yellow, and the green seen here. Fostoria continues to be an American legend in tableware design, and Fostoria pieces remain highly collectible.
A beveled outline and flat handle with multisided tip distinguish the classic lines of the Fairview stainless pattern by Gorham Silver. Like the geometric balance of the Virginia-Green glassware, Fairview is a lovely complement to Fresh Fruit. This elegant pattern was produced by a legendary American company. Its founder, Jabez Gorham, was born into a family of eight and apprenticed to eighteenth-century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at a very early age. After founding his own company, Gorham quickly established a reputation for hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Gorham Silver’s reputation for excellence endures today.
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