Reynolds by Spode is a fascinating bone china pattern produced from 1954 to 1988. Reynolds has a rimmed, scalloped design adorned with a beautiful, asymmetrical center decoration festooned with fruits, flowers, nuts, and berries. Spode founder Josiah Spode opened the doors of his porcelain factory in 1780. Under his guidance, the factory introduced two important breakthroughs in the development of English ceramics. Using bone ash, Spode was the first English china maker to achieve higher firing temperatures, resulting in beautifully detailed, longer-lasting china. The company’s second important achievement was perfecting "underglaze" decorating. Intricate designs could be applied to china that would last for decades and were much more resistant to chipping, scratching, or fading, at prices affordable to England’s burgeoning middle class.
Its wonderful amber color and curved panels make Imperial Glass-Ohio Old Williamsburg-Amber a distinctive pattern. With a knobbed, multi-sided stem and concave bowl flaring at the top, Old Williamsburg-Amber was produced from 1966 to 1980, yet harks back to earlier patterns made famous by Imperial Glass-Ohio in the 1930s. The company, founded in 1901 by Edward Muhleman, a riverboat captain and financier who had enjoyed success in other glass-making ventures, produced widely popular glassware designs for eight decades. Based in Bellaire, OH, Imperial Glass-Ohio was able to pull through the Great Depression due to the success of legendary patterns like Candlewick-Clear and Cape Cod in the late 1930s. Imperial Glass-Ohio pieces are highly sought-after by collectors.
International Silver Fairfield is a weighty pewter flatware pattern with an understated, refined design. Dating back to the beginning of the Bronze Age, pewter is an alloy of low-melting-point metals including tin, copper, lead, bismuth, and antimony; the less the proportion of tin, the finer the pewter. International Silver started as a combination of America’s greatest silver manufacturers. During the American Colonial period, New England was home to many artisans producing high-quality pewter, sterling, and silverplate, primarily in Connecticut. Around 1808, Ashbile Griswold opened a pewter shop in Meriden, Connecticut. Through mergers with regional companies, Griswold’s original shop grew to comprise fourteen 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. Throughout the years, International Silver products have remained immensely popular.
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