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Corelle / About Corelle
« on: September 02, 2013, 10:00:25 PM »
Corelle is a line of Dishware and Kitchenware introduced by Corning in 1970 made in the USA.  It is made of Vitrelle, a tempered glass product consisting of two types of glass laminated into three layers.  This makes the line strong, break & chip resistant plus, light and easy to use.

They are oven safe, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, easy to clean and with it's uniform sizes, easy to store. 

Pfaltzgraff / Modern Patterns - Oh so Many Choices
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:40:49 PM »
This is not a complete list but, will expand

1. Tea Rose

2. Midnight Sun

3. Grapevine

4. Grandma's Kitchen

5. Bonnie Brae

6. Paradise Bloom

7. Mason Blue

8. Americana

9. Clover Hill

10.  Naturewood

11. Winterfrost

12. Winterberry

Pfaltzgraff / Classic Patterns - A Picture of Cottage Chic Dinnerware
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:02:54 PM »
1. Gourmet Royale or "Brown Drip" - 1950
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2. The Country Casual (reverse Brown Drip) - 1961

3. Heritage - 1963
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4. Village - 1976
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5. Heirloom

6. Aura

7. Yorktowne

8. Wyndham

Longberger / Humble beginnings - The Story of the Basket Building
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:10:53 AM »
Longaberger has an extensive history dating back to 1919 when J. W. Longaberger started making Baskets at the Dresden Basket Factory in Dresden, OH.  This factory closed down durning the great depression and remained closed until J. W. 's son, Dave and Daughter-in-law purchased the factory in 1976 making handwoven baskets with their father who never gave up his love of basket making. J. W. Passed away just shortly after the business took off.

1978 Dave started his successful direct sales/ home sales program. 
1984 His daughter Tammi Joined the company.
10 years later, Tammi was give the title president and worked with her father until his death in 1999.
Since then Tammi has diversified the company producing several lines of handcrafted products through direct sales.

Pfaltzgraff began in 1811 under the name of Falsgraff by several family members that started separately in Germany, Baltimore and other parts of the east coast.   

In 1839 Johann George Pfaltzgraff saw a need for expansion and moved himself and his family to Freystown, Pennsylvania , just east of York.  Here in 1894 they opened their first Factory.

Johann and his wife had 10 Children.  The earliest known samples of Pfaltzgraff pottery are by one of his son, John B. Pfaltzgraff.

In 1872, the company started to import better clay from places like Ohio, in attempt to make better, stronger quality pieces.  This is when they started favoring Salt-glazed stoneware over the earthenware that had been the foundation of the company.

The opening of the factory in 1894 was the first official title of "Pfaltzgraff Stoneware Company".  This creation was the combination of the genius and creativity of George and Henry Pfaltzgraff.  This first Factory burnt down in 1906.  A new Factory was Built in West York and still stands today.

1936 Pfaltzgraff opened it's first Retail outlet on Pottery Hill.

The Start of WWII Slowed the production of Pots to help support the war effort.  The company almost went of business, suffering finalcial losses consistently until 1946 when the company switched focus.

1950 The company introduced it's first Line of Household dinnerware, Gourmet Royale or "Brown Drip" Pattern, which would become the backbone of the company.

Wilton Metalware / Care and Cleaning - How to protect your Pieces
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:43:55 PM »
Wilton Armetale Pieces are meant to be used on the table and in the oven but, need care in order to keep them in good condition.

1.  Wash your Wilton Items by hand with a mild soap.  A harsh soap and/or the dishwasher will not destroy the piece but, can change the color and even hurt the finished pewter look of your pieces.

2. If you have lost the finish of your pieces it can be corrected in a few cases.  You need to polish the items with a metal Polish and then thoroughly hand wash the pieces with soap & water.

3. Wilton items are not impenetrable from scratches and marks.  This can be desirable in some cases however you can polish some of these marks away.

4. If you want to use the item as a vase or to hold water, keep in mind that the water can damage the piece.  I suggest  coating the piece with a heavy shortening.  This will repel the water while preserving the metal.

Wilton Metalware / Wilton Armetale - Not Pewter! It's Better.
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:30:00 PM »
Wilton Armetale is not Pewter.  It is a Metal Fusion of 10 different metals in a precise proportion to give each item the warmth and feel of Pewter but, with a much stronger and practical usability.

Wilton Armetale Items will not chip or break during normal use and does not have the horrible side effect of being poisonous, as some old pure pewter items can be.

Because of this trait of it being a mix of metals you can safely eat off of and drink from their products.

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