Limoges porcelain has been made in Limoges, France since the mid-nineteenth century. Many factories including Haviland, Ahrenfeldt, Guerin, Pouyat, Elite, and others made fine porcelains.
The Chinese first discovered porcelain over a thousand years ago. Now made of pure white clay as the primary substance, the Chinese first used sandstone and stoneware. Continue reading Limoges Porcelain
The Venetian influence in the manufacture of nineteenth-century glass actually goes back to ancient Egypt during the time of the Roman occupation and earlier, when the Egyptians were producing glass articles composed of what we now term Millefiori rods. Continue reading Millefiori Glass
Willis and T. C. Prouty in Manhattan Beach, California established Metlox Manufacturing Company in 1927. Prior to about 1934, Metlox Pottery produced ceramic and neon outdoor signs.
About 1934, the companies began producing ceramic house wares for which they subsequently became quite well known. Continue reading Metlox Pottery
McKee and Brothers Glass Company were established in 1843 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1852 it opened a factory to produce pressed glass. In 1888, the factory relocated to Jeannette, Pennsylvania and began to produce many types of kitchenwares. The firm was reorganized in 1903 and the name changed to McKee Glass Company. Continue reading McKee Glass
In April of 1910 Nelson McCoy and his father J. W. McCoy formed The Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company, located in Roseville, Ohio.
They began to manufacture and sell functional and decorative stoneware. They also mined, bought and sold clay. This part of their business provided clay to many of the area potteries for several years. Continue reading McCoy Pottery
“Mary Gregory” glass can be divided into old Mary Gregory (made between 1879 to 1939), which was mostly mouth blown and appears to have come primarily from central Europe; and new Mary Gregory glass made after the Second World War all over the world, and still made today. Continue reading Mary Gregory Glass
The term majolica is applied to earthenware that has been dipped in a white opaque glaze in order to provide a canvas for decoration and design. History tells us that craftsmen in North Africa attempting to recreate the fine white Chinese porcelain of the time developed this technique as early as the ninth century.
Today as “majolica” utilizes a technique of applying a tin or lead based enamel on soft, porous earthenware, which can be dated back thousands of years to ancient Persia where it was used in the construction of mosques and monuments throughout history. Continue reading Majolica
Over a quarter century has passed since the first Liberty Blue Staffordshire was made, many people have become interested in collecting this patriotic and attractive service. The Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan was a large financial institution in the Pacific Northwest. It was established in 1925 and the first office opened in Portland, Oregon. In order to commemorate their 50th anniversary in 1975, the Board of Directors looked for something special to offer their account holders. They contacted the Enoch Wedgwood Company, located in the historic Staffordshire district of England, to develop a unique pattern of ironstone dinnerware for the Benjamin Franklin S & L. The result was the blue and white Liberty Blue design that was made exclusively for them. Continue reading Liberty Blue Dinnerware
Letter openers, both fanciful and promotional, have been on the “cutting edge” of society since the latter 19th Century. Sometimes called a paper cutter, paper knife or a letter knife, the basic letter opener gradually became more important as the business of letter mailing itself became more important. Continue reading Letter Openers
Rene Lalique (1860-1945) was a French “art nouveau” jeweler and sculptor who became interested in glass in his 30’s and rented his first glassworks at the age of 49 (in 1909) near Fontainbleu in France. Over the next thirty years he became the world’s leading art glass designer of the art deco period. Continue reading Lalique Glass