For even more tableware fun, we’ve put together a terrific assortment of items from the Johnson Brothers Historic America pattern. This fabulous collection includes items like cup & saucer sets, dinner/accent plates, tureens, and much more. There are some excellent values here for striking tableware and accessory pieces.
In 1939, Johnson Brothers introduced the decorative Historic America pattern, partly in response to similar American-themed patterns produced at the time by other companies, such as Homer Laughlin’s Historical America and Vernon Kilns’ Our America. Producing patterns bound for export abroad, like Historic America, was also a way for Johnson Brothers to stay afloat during WWII (the manufacturing of ceramics for the domestic market was put on hold in England during WWII, but production of wares designed for export was allowed). The distinctive oak leaf and acorn border design of Historic America was modeled on a 19th-century design by Ralph Stevenson. Most of the different American scenes featured in the pattern were engraved by artist Claude Whittingham, and were based on previous engravings by Currier & Ives, many of which he updated with his own touches. In addition to updating these existing engravings, additional designs were added to reflect America’s expansion during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. These designs deviated from the traditional designs centered on landmarks and cityscapes to include American-centric themes like westward expansion (e.g., “The Mail and the Stage Coach,” and “Covered Wagons and the Rocky Mountains”). “Historic America” was a success upon its premiere in 1939, and was produced for 35 years, until 1974. Because of its popularity, a new version of the pattern was reintroduced in 2002.
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