RELATED TRIVIA :
The Ceramics Above are all Early ‘Worcester.
1 - 'Worcester' is the only British porcelain manufactory to endure as same company / same name
from its 1751 inception until today. Even the most casual shopper
might know the popular Worcester ovenproof 'Evesham' pattern -
available frequently at T.J. Maxx!
2 - The Worcester Manufactory was founded in 1751 by a rather
'versatile' grocer / banker - and a coalminer who happened to have a license to mine soaprock.
3 - The British passion for tea demanded a ceramic that wouldn't
burst when very hot water (needed for tea-making) hit the inside of the pot
(as it did 'pottery'- both then and now). Soaprock added to clay happened to solve that problem -
and voila (with some trial and error) -
early British Worcester (soft paste) 'porcelain'.
4 - The blue came from the mineral cobalt. It was both painted and 'transfer printed'
These early wares for some reason always appear fresh, clean, pretty -
and very nice to wake up to!
The Silver :
1 - The early British fork with three tines appeared in the late 17th century.
These tines represented the 3 fingers God gave us,
with which all of God’s solid foods should be eaten -
formerly the thumb and two fingers.
2 - Huguenot Silversmith Paul de Lamerie :
The V&A describes Paul de Lamerie as the
"greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century",
with "exceptional powers of invention and creation…and ability as a
businessman, retailing some astonishingly spectacular silverware."
3 - Samuel Pemberton - from a family of silversmiths and considered
by most to be the best Birmingham box maker of his day.
He was made Guardian of the Assay Office in 1793.
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