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October 28, 2015

Fall Leaves, Festive Designs

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Wedgwood Devon Rose is multisided china showcasing a flowing floral design accented with bird and butterfly elements. Produced in the Queen's Ware line between 1971 and 1991, Devon Rose is a spectacular Wedgwood pattern! Its vibrant colors complement a variety of linens and centerpieces, and its multisided shape fits beautifully with a wide range of crystal and silver. In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established a pottery at the "Ivy House Works" in Burslem, England. During his first ten years of business, Wedgwood made many advances in the refining of porcelain. One of Wedgwood's most important creations was creamware, true fine china that was easy to produce, relatively inexpensive to make, easily decorated, and desired by royalty and commoner alike. In 1765, King George III's wife, Queen Charlotte, solicited Wedgwood to be "Potter to His and Her Majesty." As a result of his new title, Wedgwood changed the official name of his creamware to "Queen's Ware." Jasperware, a non-glazed porcelain featuring classical figures in bas-relief, was another important invention of Wedgwood's, and has become virtually synonymous with the Wedgwood name.

Seneca Windblown is an alluring blown glass pattern featuring a v-shaped bowl that flares at the top, a graceful polished cut design, a multisided, air bubble 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). As you can see, there's no shortage of varieties for collectors of Seneca Glass! 
 
Produced for almost 50 years, from 1957 to 2005 Reed & Barton's Autumn Leaves features a whimsical leaf design and a glossy finish. Autumn Leaves is very stylish, and its understated design is an ideal complement to the Devon Rose and Windswept patterns. Autumn Leaves is emblematic of its maker, Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company that traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. Now well into its second century of operation, Reed & Barton is a leader in finely crafted sterling silver and stainless steel.

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