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Named for the Roman goddess of fruit, the Pomona pattern by Portmeirion features a wonderful palette of colors with life-like depictions of fruits in its designs. The artistic depictions of different fruits are based on illustrations from “Pomona Britannica,” a book originally published in 1812 that featured detailed illustrations of a variety of fruits. The “Grimwood’s Royal George” plate featured here features a beautiful, highly detailed design of peaches, blossoms, and leaves. First introduced in 1982, the Pomona pattern was designed by the co-founder of Portmeirion, Susan Williams-Ellis, who also designed Portmeirion’s most popular pattern, Botanic Garden . Susan’s art studies enabled her to design both shapes and surface patterns for Portmeirion (a combination of skills that was rare at the time), and her designs have become very popular.

Sweet Swirl-Light Green is a gorgeous pressed-glass pattern made by one of the best-known manufacturers in the world, Noritake. An asymmetrical design, Sweet Swirl-Light Green features splendid depth and movement in its shape, with swirling panels in the side of the bowl and even more dynamic swirls in the stem. Noritake produces many crystal patterns designed to complement its dinnerware. The company’s crystal and glassware collection includes handmade, mouth-blown, and machine-made stems. The origins of Noritake begin with the founding of a company titled Nippon Toki Kabushiki Kaisha, Ltd. in Japan in early 1904. It was much later, in the 1980s, when the company officially assumed the name Noritake Company. In 1876, years prior to the founding of Nippon Toki Kabushiki Kaisha, Ltd., Ichizaemon Morimura VI and Yutaka Morimura formed Morimura Brothers. Inc. It was a trading company dedicated to exporting traditional Japanese products. Ichizaemon Morimura VI had been a visionary and supporter of modernization for Japan. From this earliest period, Morimura sought to adapt quality Japanese art and skilled craftsmanship to the needs, designs, and market appeal of the American consumer. It was the Morimura brothers’ success at matching Japanese production with American designs that led to the birth of Noritake in 1904. Noritake’s manufacturing supplies were cut off during World War II, but the company’s products again became available in 1948. Many of these post-war wares were created specifically with the American consumer in mind. For Noritake collectors, there are many historical ambiguities surrounding the company; destruction of company records during the war years means that some questions will never be answered.

Reed & Barton’s Crescendo is an alluring stainless pattern that features a chic ribbed design and a glossy finish. Crescendo 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 Crescendo pattern featured here.

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