Gorgeous colors for your autumn table – that’s Johnson Brothers Wild Turkeys! The pattern features a flying bird from an original hand engraving at the center of the plate, with a border of fruits and vegetables. This pattern was produced 1951-1974. Johnson Brothers china is known for its beauty, quality, and years of trouble-free service. In 1882 brothers Alfred, Fredrick, and Henry Johnson, grandsons of the famous Meakin dinnerware family, purchased the Charles Street Works at Stoke-on-Trent in the legendary china-producing region of Staffordshire, England. Producing basic whiteware known as "semi-porcelain," the Johnson Brothers created dinnerware that had the delicate characteristics of fine china, but the durability of ironstone. In 1900 a fourth brother, Robert, relocated to the United States to establish a presence for the company in North America. Another popular Johnson Brothers Thanksgiving pattern is His Majesty.
Fostoria Jamestown-Amber is amber-colored pressed glass with a concave, squarish bowl and swirling spiral panels on the sides. The twist stem echoes the shapes of the panels on the bowl, and the foot is round. Even with its square shape, the curves in this pattern are organic and elegant. Founded in Fostoria, OH, in 1887, the Fostoria company relocated to Moundsville, WV, shortly thereafter, because of that region’s abundant natural resources. Jamestown-Amber was one of four colors in the Jamestown pattern to be released in 1958 – amber, green, blue, and clear – additions to a line of popular colored-glass stemware introduced by Fostoria in the 1920s. After meeting decades of stiff foreign competition with 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.
With its lovely plume design and fiddle shape, Benjamin Franklin (Sterling) by Towle is a great silver pattern to complement Johnson Brothers Wild Turkeys, and not just because of its design! Founding father Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter recommended the wild turkey over the bald eagle as America’s national bird. Towle produced Benjamin Franklin (Sterling) in 1904. One of our most popular silver makers carried at Replacements, Ltd., 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 retired, 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 patterns resonate with skill and pride in craft.
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