Liberty Blue by Staffordshire is a charming ironstone pattern decorated with various blue & white Revolutionary War-era American scenes (the dinner plate featured here showcases a depiction of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall). Produced from 1975 to 1981, Liberty Blue was commissioned by a supermarket chain based in New Jersey to be offered as a premium. Produced in Staffordshire, England, this pattern features a “Wild Rose” border design that dates to 1784 and decorations based on places, people, and events connected to the Revolutionary War. Other designs in this gorgeous multi-motif pattern include depictions of the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride, the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, and others.
Iris-Cobalt Blue, a bold blown glass pattern produced by Artland Crystal, features a delightful air bubble design and a vibrant blue color. This eye-catching glassware design serves as the perfect complement to the blue and white Liberty Blue china and the understated Country French stainless patterns. The floral namesake of this dazzling glassware has an interesting history of its own. The word “iris” is derived from the Greek word for “rainbow,” and for good reason – there are over 300 classified species of irises in a vast array of colors. Iris rhizomes have historically been used to produce medicine and perfume, and various parts of the iris are also used to provide flavor and color to several brands of gin. The beauty of the iris flower has inspired many artists through the years, perhaps most notably in a series of iconic paintings by Vincent van Gogh. In addition, the decorative fleur-de-lis symbol is thought to be a depiction of an iris flower in bloom.
Reed & Barton’s Country French is an enchanting stainless steel flatware pattern that features a chic design and a glossy finish. Country French is emblematic of its maker, Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company that 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. One of Reed & Barton’s best-known patterns is Francis I . Introduced 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. In more recent years, the company has also been recognized for its high-quality stainless steel patterns, like the Country French pattern featured here.
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