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Lori Croxdale
iconnumber posted 08-31-2004 09:15 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased a pair of candlestick holders. I am not a collector but I thought these were beautiful. The bottom of them shows the Poole Silver Company name and under it there are the numbers 431. Can you tell me thier age and maybe thier make or model. I love them and I am just trying to find out a little more about them. Thanks alot for having this web page.

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iconnumber posted 08-31-2004 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#431 are Silverplated "Lancaster Rose" pattern by Poole patent issued Sept. 1949 . Poole Silver Company purchased by Towle Silversmiths 1971 continued the pattern until 2003 when the patent was allowed to lapse. Therefore, your pieces could have been produced anywhere between 1949 and 2003. Many pieces of holloware were produced in the Lancaster Rose pattern. This pattern was also produced in Sterling Silver.

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iconnumber posted 08-31-2004 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
P.S. A brief history of the "Lancaster Rose" depicted on your your pieces:

Lancaster has always been known as "The Red Rose." Most of us know that this name is originally associated with Lancaster, England. The House of Lancaster selected the red rose as its symbol in 1275, and the rose has been associated with the name of Lancaster ever since.

The Lancaster Rose, though, is much older than the House of Lancaster. In fact, it's older than Europe itself and North/South America. Its origin probably originated in Persia and was brought to Europe during the Crusades. It may have been one of the roses grown as a field crop by farmers of the Roman Empire. It was certainly flourishing in Europe throughout the Middle Ages and can be found in the lineage of many of today's modern hybrids.

Like all ancient rose varieties, The Lancaster Rose was considered a necessary member of a housewife's kitchen garden and of the local abbot's medicinal garden. The flowers are intensely fragrant and are favored for perfumes and potpourris. The roses have an unusually high concentration of vitamin C making them valued for teas and medicines in earlier days, hence the alternate name, Apothecary rose.

The Lancaster rose carries a history of beauty and utility older than most civilizations and continues to enhance many gardens, churchyards, and fields throughout Europe and North America.

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