His Majesty by Johnson Brothers is high-quality, rimmed, scallop-shaped earthenware, with a regal tom turkey spreading his plumage in the center of the plate, and an embossed rim strewn with nuts, fruits, berries, and vegetables, all colored with lush earth tones. The outside rim features a thin, painted cable design. Designed from an original engraving, the tom turkey on His Majesty made his first appearance as an accent plate in the tremendously popular Johnson Brothers Friendly Village multi-motif pattern. Demand for the accent plate was so great that Johnson Brothers introduced His Majesty just two years later. Customers have enjoyed the quality and durability of Johnson Brothers china since 1882.
Thumbprint-Ruby by Fenton Crystal is a brilliantly colored pressed glass pattern that features a convex bowl with a thumbprint design, a multisided stem, and a round foot. “Thumbprint” was produced in a variety of colors; Replacements, Ltd. carries 9 different colors including amber, green, pink, blue, and others. In 1905, John Fenton and his brother Frank Fenton founded Fenton Art Glass. At first, the company focused on decorating pre-produced glass blanks. Eventually, the brothers found it difficult to acquire the glass they needed, and decided to open a factory where glass could be produced and decorated. The first Fenton factory opened on January 2, 1907 in Williamstown, West Virginia. Fenton quickly became known for glass with unusual colors and decorations. Over the next two decades, this creative edge would keep Fenton at the forefront of the glassware market. Two world wars, with the Great Depression in between, were tough on the company. To get through those difficult times, the brothers began work on practical pieces that could be used in the home, including mixing and serving bowls. During this time, raw materials were limited and there was not a vibrant market for decorated art glass. John Fenton knew though that these troubled times would pass, so he continued to experiment with colors and glazes. Following World War II, Fenton Art Glass began to grow again and was passed down to two more generations of the Fenton family. Between the 1960s and 1980s, most American producers of fine glassware were closed down by less expensive importers. By the time its operations ceased in 2007, Fenton had been known as a leader and trend setter in the glassware industry for 102 years, during which time it gained a dedicated following of collectors.
Gorham Silver Memento is an intricate stainless pattern with a glossy finish. Memento is beautifully accented with floral and geometric elements, and a scroll edge that culminates in a wonderful, pierced cameo design and a scalloped tip. Gorham has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent design companies in silver tableware. The White House has used Gorham silver services during several administrations; Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House, and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the United States’ centennial anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 ounces of sterling silver. Gorham’s reputation for excellence endures today, and their well-earned design pedigree is easily recognized in the gorgeous Memento pattern.
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