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Limoges Porcelain

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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

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Majolica

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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

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Liberty Blue Dinnerware

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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