Spode Marlborough Sprays features an embossed, scalloped shape with pale, pink banding, along with blue-and-yellow forget-me-nots, yellow buttercups, and purple bellflowers on the rim of the plate. The center design catches the eye with a magenta-pink tulip spray in full bloom. This pattern is representative of the design genius of Spode. Spode China was started in 1780 by the son of a pauper, Josiah Spode I, who was a visionary in business and in tableware. The Spode factory, under the careful guidance of Josiah, was responsible for two of the most important breakthroughs in English ceramics: First, the formula for bone china that is used today and, even more importantly, he perfected the “underglaze” printing process for earthenware that is used today. The Spode museum, established in 1925 in Stoke-on-Trent, England to commemorate the Spodes’ amazing achievements, became a charitable trust in 1987.
Tiffin/Franciscan Wistaria-Pink crystal features a delicately colored concave bowl that flares at the top, a multi-sided, notch-shape stem that is heavier at the bottom, and a round foot. The unique Wistaria-Pink color was developed about 1948 by Tiffin’s Ellsworth Beebe. Beebe worked with chemists from India to create the formula, which he committed to memory. When Beebe died in 1963, Tiffin was never able to replicate the subtle and exquisite color. The crystal was marketed in conjunction with the appearance of actress Helen Hayes on Broadway in a play entitled, The Wistaria Trees. This rare crystal is highly sought-after by collectors, as is the Tiffin giftware that was produced in the Wistaria color. Crafted by Tiffin Glass Company, a firm that began production in a brand-new Ohio plant in 1889 – this is classic American crystal!
Gorham Silver Melrose is one of the most popular sterling silver patterns at Replacements, Ltd. Introduced in 1948, Melrose is scallop-shaped, with a scroll design on the edge, and combination of floral design and scrolls at the tip. For more than 150 years, Gorham Silver has been known as one of the preeminent silver companies in the world, its pieces valued for their quality, timeless style, and craftsmanship. Founded in 1831 by Jabez Gorham in a shop on Steeple Street in Providence, Rhode Island, Gorham has developed a reputation for uncompromising artistry and its silversmiths have gained fame for producing a multitude of exquisite patterns, including Chantilly, Strasbourg, Buttercup, Fairfax, Melrose, and hundreds more. Melrose, also available in sterling hollowware, is a pattern that resonates with innovative design and quality craftsmanship.
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