Founded in 1981 by Bob Page, a former North Carolina state auditor and weekend flea-market enthusiast, Replacements, Ltd., has grown into the world’s pre-eminent resource for both old and new pieces of beloved family china and fine dinnerware.
More than four hundred individual brush marks were applied by hand to form the floral-bouquetand- fruit-basket ornamentation for Lenox’s Autumn pattern originally produced in 1966. Georgetown stemware from Lenox Crystal and Wedgwood flatware from International Silver provide opulent accents.
Replacements, Ltd., located in Greensboro, North Carolina, houses an astounding anthology of china, crystal, silver, and tableware. The inventory includes 13 million pieces, 390,000 patterns, and 60,000 shelves amidst a half million square feet of warehouse space. Many visitors are overjoyed when united with pieces that match their treasured family china, such as the Italian Renaissance–inspired Florentine motif in Turquoise from Wedgwood, above, produced from 1931 to 2012. Befitting companion pieces include Cardinal crystal stemware from Stuart and Spanish Baroque sterling flatware from Reed & Barton.
Perfect for spring, Sunnyvale china from Castleton USA, above, showcases meandering flowers in a palette of muted lavenders and blues. Chateau Rose flatware from Alvin Silver and Flanders-Pink crystal from Tiffin/Franciscan complete this classic seasonal tableau.
Handling up to three thousand requests weekly, the research department at Replacements offers pattern identification free of charge. Customers can register online and receive e-mail updates as pieces become available. In production from 1970 to 1993, elegant gold-edged Ming Rose china from Coalport, above, pairs beautifully with La Scala stemware from Gorham Crystal.
Shaped with graceful scalloped edges, Florence china from Spode, above, was based on an Italian Renaissance manuscript. English Gadroon flatware from Gorham Silver and Normandy crystal from Webb Thomas enhance the luxurious tablescape.
Taking design cues from multicolored fabrics and porcelains imported from Japan, Old Imari china from Royal Crown Derby, above, features an intricately layered geometric print mixed with striking floral motifs. Golden-crusted Stella crystal from Saint-Louis creates an eye-catching match for this dramatic table setting.
To learn more about Replacements, Ltd., see “The Great Wall of China” on page 51 of the July/August 2013 issue of Victoria.