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July 24, 2015

Harmonious American Floral Patterns

The Mariposa pattern by Franciscan was produced from 1949 to 1955. This fine china pattern features dazzling gold trim, and is adorned with a graceful, richly-hued floral design that spills out from the center of the plate and onto the rim. When Franciscan tableware premiered in 1934, its California-inspired patterns were practically an overnight success. The glamour of the emerging film industry and the state's climate seemed exotic to Midwesterners and those living on the East Coast. The "Golden State" became a very popular tourist destination. And Franciscan's bright-colored, less expensive "earthenware" grew in popularity as American consumers began to recover from the Great Depression. Buoyed by their success in earthenware, Franciscan began producing a line of fine china in 1942. Composed of a unique "Malinite" pottery formula which was the result of years of development, the initial fine china patterns from Franciscan included Cherokee Rose, Mountain Laurel, Woodside, Crinoline, Arcadia, Arden, Northridge, Laguna, Shasta, Westwood, Del Monte, and Beverly.

Seneca Anniversary is an alluring blown glass pattern featuring a concave bowl that flares at the top, a polished cut floral bowl design, a smooth stem, and a round foot. The Seneca Glass Company opened in Seneca County, OH, in 1891, using immigrant glassworkers from Germany's Black Forest region. The company soon relocated to Fostoria, OH, in a former plant of the Fostoria Glass Company. In 1896, the Seneca Glass Company again changed locations - moving to Morgantown, WV, where newly discovered natural gas deposits provided ample and relatively cheap fuel for firing, and river and railroad transportation were available to move the company's wares. Diversity of products, the use of various decorative techniques in a variety of colors enabled Seneca Glass Company to find success in a highly competitive market. Depression-era production included clear glass, cobalt blue, and light green, topaz, and additional colors, according to authors Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen in their book, "Seneca Glass Company 1891-1983: A Stemware Identification Guide." Production of glassware in a wide spectrum of colors would become one of Seneca's trademarks in the 1970s. Hues included "Accent Red" (ruby), "Amber," "Buttercup" (yellow), "Cinnamon" (brown), "Delphine Blue" (light blue), "Ritz Blue" (cobalt), "Sahara" (light amber), "Gray" (smoky), "Moss Green" (dark green), "Lime Green," "Peacock Blue," "Black," and "Plum" (amethyst). Seneca also holds the distinction of being the last American-made lead crystal stemware to be sold by Tiffany & Company.

Wallace Silver's Orchid Elegance is a delightful sterling pattern, produced from 1956 to 1960. Showcasing a pierced tip that resembles a blooming orchid, an embossed, asymmetrical handle design, and a glossy finish, Orchid Elegance is an eye-catching pattern that perfectly complements the elegant floral motifs in Anniversary crystal and Mariposa china. Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had immigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace, after mastering his trade, purchased a dilapidated grist mill and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Orchid Elegance is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver's high-quality work.

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