Designed by artist Leslie Beck, Winter by Sakura is a charming multi-motif pattern decorated with various folk art renderings of snowmen, cast against a cool winter-blue background. Adding depth and luster to each piece is a black and white checked border. Each snowman is dressed in various hats and scarves, with some, like the one here, even sporting vests! The making of snowmen dates back to the Middle Ages, where townspeople often gathered in the streets after a snowfall to make various and interesting snowy figurals. People would bring items from their home to personalize their winter creations, including coal, buttons, dried fruits, vegetables, kindling, and scarves. There are some things that haven’t changed since the Middle Ages, and making snowmen during the winter remains a popular winter activity to this day, with many a snowman connoisseur collecting fun winter-themed tableware and collectible pieces.
Camelot-Red, a gorgeous blown glass pattern produced by Zrike Crystal, features a bold shape and a vibrant red bowl color. This eye-catching glassware design serves as the perfect complement to the fun Winter china and the understated American Bead stainless patterns. Raymond Zrike founded the Zrike Company in 1983, following a long career in the tabletop market (before starting his own business, Zrike served as U.S. president of Royal Worcester, Kosta Boda, and Georg Jensen). The Zrike Company was founded to import European tableware and giftware to the United States, and the majority of the company’s exclusive lines are manufactured by top factories throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Today, the Zrike Company is one of the top tabletop and giftware resources in the United States.
International Silver American Bead is an elegant stainless flatware pattern with a chic beaded design, a pointed tip, and a glossy finish. 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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