The October pattern by Franciscan was produced from 1977 to 1984. This hand-painted pattern features arrangements of three and four variously colored fall leaves in subdued earth tones, making October a departure from most of Franciscan’s other bold, brightly colored hand-painted designs. The October pattern comprises nearly thirty different piece types, including salt & pepper shakers, a teapot, and even a thimble. When California-based Franciscan tableware premiered in 1934, it was practically an overnight success. The glamour of the emerging film industry and the state's climate seemed exotic to Midwesterners and those living on the East Coast. The "Golden State" became a very popular tourist destination. And Franciscan's bright-colored, less expensive "earthenware" grew in popularity as American consumers began to recover from the Great Depression. The company's now-legendary line of hand-painted, raised-pattern designs includes Desert Rose, Apple, Fresh Fruit, and Ivy . Ivy was even featured on the sets of the "I Love Lucy" show with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and the "Donna Reed Show," which ran on broadcast TV from 1958 to1966.
Viking Glass Georgian-Amber is a wonderful pressed glass pattern featuring a molded bowl with geometric panels, a multisided, knobbed stem with the same geometric panel design, and a round foot. Like many of their patterns, Viking produced Georgian in a wide variety of colors, including the amber color seen here. The story of Viking Glass is inextricably linked with that of New Martinsville Glass Manufacturing Company. New Martinsville was chartered in 1900, and operated as such until 1937, when financial difficulties forced the company into bankruptcy. The plant and company assets were then sold and reorganized as New Martinsville Glass Company, which, in 1944, changed its name to the Viking Glass Company. Viking first distinguished itself in the glassware market in the 1940s by producing “hand-made, quality glassware of the Swedish type.” In the 1950s, Viking moved away from clear, Swedish-influenced crystal in response to demand for more colorful glassware. In “Viking Glass, 1944-1970,” author Dean Six writes, “Georgian, a popular pattern made by many glass houses, was offered in a limited number of shapes: 9-oz. tumbler, 12-oz. tumbler, and 4-oz. sherbet. What Georgian lacked that year in piece type variety it more than compensated for in color. In 1953 the three Georgian forms could be ordered in ‘crystal, amber, amethyst, evergreen, olive green, charcoal, colonial blue, harvest gold, and cherry-glo’.” In 1966, Viking revived the eighteenth-century panel cut look of Georgian in even more colors, including ruby, avocado, honey, and bluenique. Viking Glass ceased operations the 1990s, but the magnificent colors and remarkable craftsmanship found in their pieces ensure Viking glassware will continue to be highly collectible.
Oneida Morning Star is a stylish silverplate pattern that features a flat end, a pierced, floral design, and a glossy finish. Oneida began production of Morning Star in 1948, and the understated floral elegance of this pattern serves as a wonderful complement to the bold designs of October and Georgian-Amber. Oneida, Ltd. grew out of the original Oneida Community founded in upstate New York by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. This Christian communal society was based upon the principles of individual self-perfection and shared property. Many products were manufactured by the Oneida Community, including animal traps, silk, chains, and, eventually, some of the world's most recognizable, high-quality, and beautifully designed flatware. During World War I and World War II, Oneida began producing many products for the U.S. military, including ammunition clips, combat knives, surgical instruments, and silverware for the Army and Navy. When stainless steel was introduced to the market in the early twentieth century, it failed make an immediate impression on the flatware industry. Oneida, however, decided to shift its focus from sterling to stainless flatware production. Strong research and development greatly improved the quality of stainless steel as a dinnerware material, facilitating Oneida?s success in the stainless flatware market. Today, Oneida, Ltd. is one of the world?s largest marketers of stainless steel flatware, positioned to continue being a leader in the tableware industry for generations to come.
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