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The Ritzenhoff Story

In Marsberg, Germany, there has always been a great tradition of creating and making hand made glass. In 1992 the idea for Ritzenhoff was to express the traditions of Glass manufacture in a more Contemporary way, so they commissioned the creative minds at Sieger Design to find new shapes for their mouth blown glass.
Ritzenhoff already had associations with

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The History of Steiff Bears

The Steiff Bear company was founded by Margarete Steiff. Margarete born in Giengen a small town near Stuttgart in 1847 was a remarkable lady who persevered in the face of adversity an example to us all. Before she was 2 years old she contracted Polio which paralysed both her legs and severely disabled her right arm, she was confined to

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Who owns which Crystal Brands ?

Over the years many of the UK’s leading crystal manufacturers have either gone, been merged with another factory or are currently in Administration. Below I have tried to update on who owns who and their current status.
Waterford Crystal
Based in southern Ireland the Waterford Group own

Waterford Crystal
Stuart Crystal
Edinburgh Crystal
Royal Doulton Crystal
Thomas Webb Crystal

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The Story of Bone China Making

Josiah Spode is accredited to introducing Fine Bone China at his Spode factory in Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1700’s
Bone China is made by mixing China Clay, calcined animal bone and Cornish stone with water. The water, air and impurities are then squeezed out before it is moulded into plates or cast as holloware shapes.
After the first

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