Bridal Basket

Antique Homan Silver Co. Ornate Silver Plated Basket.

Ornate and elegant silver plated basket with hinged ornate handle.

Very popular as wedding gifts around 1860-1900, when they were used as fruit bowls. This piece also has weight to it and was not a stamped out of a piece of thin gauge metal. It is substantial in thickness and weight, a characteristic of pieces from the turn of the century.

Mark on bottom indicates quadruple plate made by Homan Silver plate company and dates to the turn of the 20th century.

Colclough China

Beautiful, wide border of floral medallions pattern in cobalt blue, green, & cinnamon colours. There is also a gold border along the outer edge of the pieces and embellishing the pattern.

Marked on the bottom with 4845 Colclough China Genuine Bone China Made in Longton England.

The Colclough china company was founded in 1890 by Herbert Joseph Colclough, who was an ex-Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. After expanding his company, he moved to the Vale potteries in Longton and was honoured when in 1913 he was visited by King George V and Queen Mary who gave royal licence for the company to produce Royal Vale china.

In the 1930’s Colclough China Limited was expanding fast and it was then that they started to produce the tea and dinner ware that we know today. They were the first company to produce fine bone china for the every day market which was marketed by the piece, ruling out the need for large sets to be purchased first.

In 1948, Colclough China Limited took over Booths and Adderley and then in the early 1950’s merged with the Ridgeway Company.

Colclough and Ridgeway became part of the Royal Doulton Group in the early 1970’s. However, in 1996, Colclough production discontinued and manufacture ceased.

Lismore Pitcher

The Waterford Lismore pattern is a stunning combination of brilliance and clarity. Diamond and wedge cuts showcase the unparalleled clarity of handcrafted Waterford crystal. This generously proportioned jug Crystal Pitcher with handle is ideal for iced water, homemade lemonade or fruit punch.

Lismore pattern has been Waterford’s pre-eminent design for 60 years. Derived from the Gaelic “lios more”, meaning “great ringfort”, Lismore was inspired by the gothic architecture of the 800 year old Lismore Castle in County Waterford, Ireland. Ancestral home to England’s Dukes of Devonshire since the 18th century, the famed castle overlooks the beautiful Muster countryside of the Irish coast.

Influenced by the 18th century Crystal designs of Waterford founders George and William Penrose, Waterford Crystal, designer Miroslav Havel created the Lismore pattern in 1953. The pattern features refined diamond cuts a signature of early Penrose designs and a symmetrical series of upward flowing wedge cuts. The clarity of the Crystal combined with the refraction of light through the cutting created what the world now treasures the enduring allure of Lismore.

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The Irish government has presented exquisite Waterford Crystal pieces to each American president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan.

Cesca Chair

Cantilevered steel chair.

Marcel Breuer married traditional craftsmanship with industrial methods and materials to help make tubular steel furniture an international sensation and a modern institution.

The cantilevered form exploits the possibilities unique to the material and gives the chair added flexibility and comfort.

The iconic seat features handwoven cane inserts and a beech frame. Frame is 1″ diameter chrome-plated round steel tube with polished finish.

Designer: Marcel Breuer 1928

About Marcel Breuer (Designer)

The architect and designer Marcel Breuer was one the 20th century’s most influential and innovative adherents of modernism. A member of the Bauhaus faculty, Breuer — like such colleagues as the architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the artists and art theoreticians Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers — left Europe in the 1930s to champion the new design philosophy and its practice in the United States.

Born in Hungary, Breuer became a Bauhaus student in 1920 and quickly impressed Gropius, the German school’s founder, with his aptitude for furniture design. His early work was influenced by the minimalist Dutch design movement De Stijl — in particular the work of architect Gerrit Rietveld. In 1925, while he was head of the Bauhaus furniture workshop, Breuer realized his signal innovation: the use of lightweight tubular-steel frames for chairs, tables and sofas — a technique soon adopted by Mies and others. Breuer’s attention gradually shifted from design to architecture, and, at the urging of Gropius, he joined his mentor in 1937 on the faculty of Harvard and in an architectural practice.

In the 1940s, Breuer opened his own architectural office, and there his style evolved from geometric, glass-walled structures toward a kind of hybrid architecture — seen in numerous Breuer houses in New England — that pairs bases of local fieldstone with sleek, wood-framed modernist upper floors. In his later, larger commissions, Breuer worked chiefly with reinforced concrete and stone, as seen in his best-known design, the Brutalist inverted ziggurat built in New York in 1966 as the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Breuer’s most famous furniture pieces are those made of tubular steel, which include the Wassily chair — named after Wassily Kandinsky and recognizable for its leather-strap seating supports — and the caned Cesca chair. Breuer also made several notable designs in molded plywood, including a chaise and nesting table for the British firm Isokon and a student furniture suite commissioned in 1938 for a dormitory at Bryn Mawr College. Whether in metal or wood, Breuer’s design objects are elegant and adaptable examples of classic modernist design — useful and appropriate in any environment.

Pink Aves

Royal Crown Derby ‘Pink Aves’ breakfast cup and saucer.

Queen Victoria by Royal Warrant in 1890 appointed the Company Porcelain Manufacturers to Her Majesty, with the privilege of using the title Royal before the company’s name. This signal sign of Royal Patronage has been renewed in succeeding reigns.

Royal Crown Derby in a circle above a Crown above interlinked D’s with MADE IN ENGLAND with year cypher below from 1921

King George III visited the Derby works in 1773 and granted a patent permitting use of the Royal Crown, which thereafter became ‘Crown Derby’.

The history of Royal Crown Derby began in 1745, when André Planché, a Huguenot immigrant from Saxony, settled in Derby.

Blue Aves Open Sugar Bowl.

The Aves range is adapted from a pattern by painter, Albert Gregory, who is recorded as an apprentice at Minton and later at Derby in the 1890s. His bouquets featured a fully-blown cabbage rose, now generally referenced as ‘The Gregory Rose’.

‘The Gregory Rose’ showing signature

Webb Corbett

One of the great names in English lead crystal glass.

The primary Webb Corbett product has always been cut and engraved lead crystal, particularly stemware. Most pieces are marked by sandblasting or acid stamping. This mark was used between 1930 and 1947.

Vintage Webb and Corbett sparkly cut crystal small stemmed dessert bowls, comports, sweets dishes, or sorbet cups approx 9cm tall.

Webb Corbett was founded in 1897 by George Corbett and Herbert Webb and Thomas Webb III (two grandsons of Thomas Webb.) The original name of the glass house was Thomas Webb and Corbett Limited. Although two Webb descendants were partners, there was no connection between this new firm and Thomas Webb & Sons.

Original mark registered 1897

In the 1930s, the company name was changed from Thomas Webb and Corbett Ltd to Webb Corbett Ltd.

These two arched marks were etched on cut stemware, ca. 1930-1960

The company was absorbed by Royal Doulton in 1969 and in 1986 the Webb Corbett name was dropped altogether. The company continues in production today under the name Royal Doulton Crystal. In the 1970s, Webb Corbett brought back a limited line of cameo glass called “air carved,” another name for sandblasting. These pieces had a single layer of colored glass over a thick clear glass body.

Trumpet Vase

Thomas Webb Crystal “GOTHIC” Trumpet Vase – 26cms (10-1/4″) Tall.

Thomas Webb & Sons became well known for their quality fine lead crystal glassware.

Thomas Webb won a gold medal for his glass at the 1851 Great Exhibition and the company won the Grand Prix at the 1878 Paris Exhibition when Thomas Wilkes Webb was also awarded the Legion d’Honneur. Thomas Webb & Sons were able to attract skilled workers from around the UK and Europe amongst whom were guilders and painters from France and Bohemian engravers, some of whom settled here and their descendants remain in the Stourbridge area to this day.

Thomas Webb began his glass career in 1829, when he became a partner of the Wordsley Glassworks. Soon after, he also inherited his Fathers partnership in the nearby White House Glassworks, and in 1836 he left Wordsley to run White House. The Platts Glassworks was added in 1840, followed by the Dennis glassworks in 1855. Thomas Webb was joined by his sons Thomas Wilkes Webb and Charles Webb, and in 1859 the company was named Thomas Webb & Sons. Their Father died in 1869 and Thomas Wilkes Webb became head of the company. Thomas Webb & Sons became well known for their quality fine lead crystal glassware.

Thomas Wilkes Webb passed away in 1891, Charles Webb then ran the company until he retired in 1900, when Congreve William Jackson took the role of managing director. During the early 20th century, production moved towards Art Nouveau style glassware.

In 1920, Thos. Webb & Sons merged with Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Co. and became Webb’s Crystal Glass Company. The firm aquired Henry G. Richardson & Sons in 1930. Sven Fogelberg, previously from Swedish glassworks Kosta, became manager of Webb’s in 1932. Designers at the factory during the 30’s included Thomas F. Pitchford, Anna Fogelberg and Homery Folkes. Designer David Hammond joined Webb’s in 1947 – 1951, and returned 1956 – 1988. Hammond designed the Scandinavian style ‘Flair’ range in the 1960’s.