Lorraine #S561 by Minton China is fine bone china produced from approximately 1945 to 1970. Featuring spectacular floral designs scattered asymmetrically around the plate and circling the verge, with embossed, swirled flutes on the rim, and gold trim on the outside, this colorful pattern is a gorgeous representation of Minton China?s exquisite artistry. 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 nineteenth-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. They continue producing luxurious dinnerware and remain leaders in the market of tableware production and design. Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of Minton?s patterns, including Haddon Hall (their most popular pattern), Bellemeade, Ancestral, and Jasmine.
Produced from 1937 to 1955, Rosalie by Heisey features ornate floral designs etched into a concave bowl with a flared top, a round foot, and an attached multisided stem with ball and knob elements. The intricate designs of the Rosalie and Lorraine patterns work well with the relative simplicity of the floral motif found in Gorham Lancaster silver. A. H. Heisey and Company was founded in 1896 in Newark, OH. By the late 1890s, Heisey?s colonial patterns featuring flute, scallop, and panel design elements were immediately popular. Heisey began producing brightly colored glassware in the 1920s and 1930s in hues of emerald, ivorina verde (custard), opal, and canary, among others. After the Prohibition Act was repealed in 1930, Heisey released an extensive line of barware, which helped the company survive the economic turmoil of the Great Depression. The company?s sales remained high throughout World War II, and in 1940 the company released its most successful pattern, Orchid. It was around this time that Heisey began producing a line of popular glass figurines in addition to their barware and stemware patterns. When elegant stemware became less favored by the American public in the years following World War II, Heisey struggled, and was eventually forced to close their factory in 1957. In 1958, Heisey sold all of its assets to the Imperial Glass Company of Bellaire, OH. After Imperial Glass filed for bankruptcy in 1984, Heisey?s original molds were acquired by the Heisey Collectors of America.
The elegant and popular Lancaster sterling pattern was produced by Gorham Silver from 1897 to 1991. Lancaster showcases an unblocked, elegant floral design with an open rose at the tip, a beaded edge, and a glossy finish. Gorham Silver?s 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 his apprenticeship, Gorham founded his own company in 1831 in Providence, RI. He quickly became known for creating distinctive hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Since then, Gorham silversmiths have developed a reputation as uncompromising artists, and have gained fame for producing a multitude of exquisite patterns, including Chantilly, Strasbourg, Buttercup, Fairfax, Melrose, and hundreds more. Chantilly, the world's best-selling flatware pattern, helped Gorham become a household name. More recently, Gorham has expanded its product range to include fine china and crystal, and Gorham?s reputation for excellence endures today.
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