Lenox Holiday Tartan is a marvelous holiday pattern featuring a graceful plaid ribbon that wends its way amongst holly sprigs and clusters of fruit and nuts. With a festive motif and dazzling gold trim, Holiday Tartan is a wonderful Lenox china pattern for the holiday table! Defined by stripes of alternating widths and colors, the tartan design has become closely associated with Scotland. The word “tartan” is believed to be derived from the French word “tiretaine,” meaning a “strong, coarse fabric.” Although there is no official record of different tartan designs, there are believed to be as many as 14,000 different designs (known as “setts”). Although it is commonly believed that tartan designs were developed as a form of Scottish clan identification, the idea of each clan claiming its own tartan design didn’t begin until around the start of the nineteenth century. Before then, tartan colors were more specific to region than clan, since weavers depended on local, regional plants for the dyes they used in their designs. “Tartanwear,” which incorporated tartan designs on a vast array of items, became very popular in the Victorian era. Producing its first complete china sets by 1906, Lenox proved that American china could be as delicate, attractive, and durable as its foreign counterparts, and propelled the United States to the forefront of the ceramics industry. By the end of the twentieth century, about half the china on dinner tables in the United States was made by Lenox.
Gorham Crystal Royal Devon features polished thumbprint and fan cuts, a multi-sided, v-shaped stem, gold trim, and round foot. This stately crystal pattern superbly complements the elegant Holiday Tartan and Francis I china and silver patterns. Gorham, originally known for its high-quality sterling silver, was founded in 1831 on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. Over the 180 years the company has been in business, it has produced a multitude of silver patterns, most notably, Chantilly , a household name, and the best-selling flatware pattern ever produced. In recent years, Gorham has moved into other tableware areas, including the production of exquisite crystal, like Royal Devon, and high-quality china.
Reed & Barton Francis I is sterling silver with fan, plume and floral designs on the handle and heel of each piece that show the strong influence of European Baroque art. Introduced by Reed & Barton in 1907, Francis I quickly became a favorite of nobility and presidents. No less than four U.S. presidents dined with Francis I – Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford. It’s truly bipartisan sterling – an equal number of Democratic and Republican presidents have used it on their tables! Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. After changes in ownership, the company began to use the “Reed & Barton” stamp on its silver in the 1840s. Now well into its second century of operation, Reed & Barton is a leader in finely crafted sterling silver and stainless steel tableware.
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