Haddon Hall by Minton, introduced in 1948, is fine bone china that features spectacular floral designs covering the plate, with embossed, swirled flutes on the rim, and either gold or green trim on the outside edge (featured plate has green trim). 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 19th 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.
Clear glassware with etched camellias on the bowl, a wafer stem, and round foot, Fostoria Camellia was produced for more than 2 decades, 1952-1973. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region’s abundant natural resources. The company is remembered for the remarkable array of colored glassware it successfully produced, but many of its clear, etched patterns, like Camellia, were equally successful. Be sure to have a look at the similar and equally beautiful pattern, Rose, produced 1951-1973 . After meeting decades of stiff foreign competition with classic designs and innovative glass-making methods, Fostoria operations were shut down by its parent company, Lancaster Colony, in 1983. Fostoria glass is highly sought-after by collectors today.
Kirk Stieff Silver Stieff Rose is a magnificent example of repousse sterling, a style of silver craftsmanship so successfully introduced in America by Maryland silvermakers that collectors sometimes refer to repousse flatware and hollowware as “Maryland silver.” The company Kirk Stieff Silver represents the culmination of two great Baltimore, MD, traditions. Charles Stieff founded Stieff Silver in 1892; the Stieff Rose pattern was introduced that same year. Samuel Kirk founded his firm much earlier, in 1815 (Kirk’s firm is acknowledged as the oldest silversmith company in America). The companies were combined in 1979. From their inception, both were recognized for innovative design and master craftsmanship. Just before World War II, Stieff began to produce silver for Colonial Williamsburg that replicated American Colonial pieces.
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