Replacements, Ltd., located in Greensboro, North Carolina, houses an astounding anthology of china, crystal, silver, and tableware. Founded in 1981 by Bob Page, a former North Carolina state auditor and weekend flea market–enthusiast, the company has grown into the world’s pre-eminent resource for both old and new pieces of beloved dinnerware. Is your most cherished pattern shown among these perennially popular selections?
Many visitors are overjoyed when united with finds that match their treasured family china, such as the Italian Renaissance–inspired Florentine motif in Turquoise from Wedgwood, produced from 1931 to 2012. Befitting companion pieces include Cardinal crystal stemware from Stuart and Spanish Baroque sterling flatware from Reed & Barton.
Above left: Shaped with graceful scalloped edges, Florence china from Spode was based on an Italian Renaissance manuscript. Above right: Delicate floral designs, such as Moss Rose from Rosenthal/Continental, continue to attract traditionalists and collectors. Willowmere crystal from Fostoria and Wild Rose flatware from International Silver complement the china, which was produced from 1950 to 1964.
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.
More than four hundred individual brush marks were applied by hand to form the floral bouquet–and–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.
Above left: Sunnyvale china from Castleton USA 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. Above right: Taking design cues from multicolored fabrics and porcelains imported from Japan, Old Imari china from Royal Crown Derby features an intricately layered geometric print mixed with striking floral motifs. Gold-encrusted Stella crystal from Saint-Louis creates an eye-catching match for this dramatic table setting.
Text Jeanne de Lathouder