Booths Real Old Willow-Blue is scallop-shaped, blue and white rimmed china featuring exquisite gold trim and the classic “Old Willow” design, adapted from Chinese lore about star-crossed lovers in the court of a Mandarin. Many English and American companies employed this popular design in various colors – Booths’ blue and white design is distinguished by its gold trim and combination of geometric and “bow knot” designs on the rim of the plate. The company was founded as Thomas Booth & Son in 1872 at Church Bank Pottery in Tunstall, located in the legendary Staffordshire pottery-making region of England. The company operated as Booths (Limited) from 1891 until 1948, when it closed its doors. Real Old Willow-Blue, introduced in 1942, is one of Booths’ most beautiful and best-known patterns.
With its elegantly clean shape, Fostoria Classic Gold is a wonderful complement to the ornate design of Booths Real Old Willow-Blue china. Featuring a convex bowl with gold trim, a multi-sided stem, and round foot, this Fostoria pattern was very popular glassware – it was produced from 1958 to 1982. In fact, Classic Gold was one of the last patterns Fostoria manufactured. Founded in 1887 in Fostoria, OH, the company was moved to Moundsville, WV, a short time later, where, after meeting decades of stiff foreign competition with its classic designs and innovative glass-making methods, Fostoria operations were shut down by its parent company, Lancaster Colony, in 1983. Fostoria glass is highly sought-after by collectors today.
Towle Old Master is one of the most popular sterling silver patterns at Replacements, Ltd. Introduced in 1942, Old Master is scallop-shaped, with a scroll design on the edge, a floral design on the center of the handle, and a fan/plume design at the tip. Towle is founded on the craftsmanship and artistry of the Moulton family of England, who over six generations of silver making, raised their artisanship to a high art. A young man named Anthony Towle would join William Moulton IV as an apprentice. When Moulton decided to retire, Towle and a partner, William Jones, bought the Moulton family stock and formed Towle & Jones in 1857. With such a long history and distinguished tradition, Towle's Old Master is a pattern with a name that resonates with skill and pride in craft.
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