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How To Identify Your Crystal Pattern

China identification is relatively easy, especially nowadays. Just turn it over and read what it says. Or, for older patterns, it is simple to explain what you have based on design, color, trim etc. Not so crystal. To the average … Continue reading

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The Three Parts of A Wine Goblet

Some things are so simple that nobody bothers explaining them. We assume that everyone knows what they are and move on to more detailed and complex matters. Which leaves newcomers and beginners at a distinct disadvantage: how can they begin … Continue reading

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Having Trouble Choosing a China Pattern? Keep It Simple (And White)

Sometimes, too many choices can be too much of a good thing. In fact, it can often be downright paralyzing. Should we go with black, white or color? Contemporary style or traditional? Gold trim or platinum trim? The list goes … Continue reading

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China and Crystal Pieces That Make GREAT Gifts.

Some patterns are chock full of pieces that make great gifts. Lenox Rose Manor, Lenox Autumn, and Spode Christmas Tree come to mind. Then there are pieces that are part of regular patterns that are so beautiful and unique that … Continue reading

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Looking For A Christmas China Or Crystal Pattern? Look No Further.

Are you looking to start your holiday pattern? People who have decided to acquire a pattern just for the holidays have many choices. They can opt for a holiday themed pattern or just go with a nicer pattern which they … Continue reading

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How To Identify Herend China

Identifying patterns in today’s day in age is not too difficult. All you need to do is too look at the back stamp of a Jammet Seignolles plate to see that it is Jammet Seignolles Diplomate. It says it right … Continue reading

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The Different Themes Of China Patterns

A pattern is the specific design applied to china pieces. However we have found that people tend to search for what they are looking for in groups or themes. Meaning that while they might not know exactly what they want, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Best-Selling Holiday China Patterns

It’s September, so we figured we’d get a head start on the usual end-of-year “Top 10” lists. Most people have a china pattern which they use all year round. Come the holidays, they use that one too. Then their comes … Continue reading

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Blue Danube China: One Of Many Patterns That Feature Accessory & Gift Pieces

There are two types of china patterns. Some are what we call “Regular Patterns” others are “Big Patterns”. Regular patterns such as Royal Doulton Carlyle and Lenox April for china and Waterford Kildare and Waterford Powerscourt for crystal are basically … Continue reading

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The Motifs Of Spode Chelsea Garden China

Our recent series has explored china patterns which are similar but distinct enough to command their own name or sub-name such as Wedgwood Florentine or Wedgwood Runnymede. Then there are patterns that contain variances that are so minute that they … Continue reading

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