The design of Franciscan Orchard Glade , produced 1995-1998, harks back to patterns that were released during the World War II period. 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. Apple was one of four patterns in the company's now legendary line of hand-painted, raised-pattern designs that included Desert Rose , Franciscan 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 1958-1966.
Noritake Crystal Provincial-Light Blue is elegant pressed glass with a textured stem and foot, and panels on a bowl that flares at the top. Noritake produces many glassware patterns designed to complement Noritake dinnerware. The company’s crystal and glassware collection includes handmade, mouth-blown, and machine-made stems. The Provincial-Light Blue pattern is emblematic of Noritake’s success in the U.S. market. Replacements, Ltd. currently has 11 variations of Provincial on file – colors range from amber to dark blue, from clear to brown, from red to moss green. P rovincial-Light Blue was manufactured 1995-1998. Longer-running Provincial colors – brown, dark blue, and red – were manufactured for more than a decade, 1974-1988. In the highly competitive tableware market, many companies would enjoy emulating the success of Noritake Crystal!
Scallop-shaped International Silver Cotillion (Stainless) is high-quality, glossy-finish stainless steel flatware with a distinctive plume design, produced under the prestigious “1847 Rogers Bros.” stamp. During the American Colonial period, New England was home to many artisans producing high-quality pewter, sterling, and silverplate, primarily in Connecticut. About 1808 Ashbile Griswold opened a pewter shop in Meriden. Through mergers with regional companies, Griswold’s original shop comprised 14 silver manufacturers, including Holmes and Edwards (Bridgeport), Meriden Britannia (Meriden), and Rogers Brothers (Hartford). In 1898 the International Silver Company became truly “international,” establishing offices in England and Canada. Today, Replacements, Ltd. has more than 2,000 International Silver patterns on file.
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