Wedgwood Wild Strawberry is fine bone china with delightful strawberry vine designs scattered over the well and rim of the plate. Introduced in 1965, Wild Strawberry is a wonderful pattern for summer! Company founder Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) often used organic shapes in the design and decoration of his dinnerware. An avid conchologist, Wedgwood collected and studied mollusk shells. In spite of a debilitating physical condition (his knee joints were so painful from a childhood disease that he could not operate the potter?s wheel when he learned the trade, and therefore became a designer), Wedgwood was often seen on the beaches of England, collecting specimens. The year 2009 marks the quarter-millennial (250th anniversary) of the founding of the Wedgwood company in Burslem, Staffordshire, the heart of England?s pottery-making region.
With a convex bowl and gold trim, Lenox Crystal Monroe (Gold Trim) features a flower petal design connecting the bowl to the twist design of the stem, and a round foot. The clean design of this crystal beautifully complements the organic vine and berry shapes of Wedgwood?s Wild Strawberry and the elegance of Towle?s Old Master sterling. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the ?Staffordshire of America? in its time, the Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company produced art-quality pieces. By 1897 examples of Lenox?s work were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In 1918 President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson commissioned a set of Lenox for the White House, making it the first American china to grace a president?s table. Lenox introduced its line of hand-blown crystal in 1966.
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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