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  •  Silver and crystal (19+ / 0-)

    I use my great grandmothers silver and use her Waterford celery goblet. I know many people who have replaced or "upgraded" glassware and flatware (not crystal and silver) enough times to have bought place settings for 24 of good stuff. (Most Americans throw out enough plastic flatware to buy a few pieces each year.) In environmental science, I tell my students that I am glad that my great-grandmother didn't get up from the table and throw her dishes in the trash after each meal.

    I still give sterling baby spoons and forks; I use my baby cup to hold cotton swabs on my dressing table.

    Is the visual joy of beautiful crystal useless?

    I see no point in buying Asian made crystal. But I will buy Chinese porcelain. Deloitte doesn't understand that it is not just the name - it is the quality.

    •  Agree one-hundred percent... (15+ / 0-)

      ...worked for a high-end capital goods manufacturer for many years in int'l group through 90s big push was pacific rim asia. Our name preceded us and enhanced our success. When we opened factories in China, many clients/customers stated a strong preference for the USA built products...my understanding is that attitude is still alive today...especially when the product is essential to the projects successful operation. Waterford crystal is an icon of crystal products. They need to get the Irish govt to ban the use of the Waterford name by the offshore 'waterford' crystal manufacturer.

      Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

      by kalihikane on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 02:50:57 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I feel the same way. (10+ / 0-)

        Waterford brand would lose everything it once meant if it was suddenly made in China.

        Memo to Waterford: "Made in China" now means this to people:

        1)it it poorly made, it is made with cheap components and it will fall apart more rapidly.

        2)It might contain hidden hazards you don't know about, like lead and other poisons, and may not be made up to code.

        3)It symbolizes the complete destruction of American manufacturing,and everything that this destruction has cost us as a nation.

        4)It symbolizes the oppression of the Chinese under their Capitalist/Totalitarian state.

        "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

        by Reepicheep on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 04:27:13 PM PST

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    •  I inherited a lot of crystal, fine china... (1+ / 0-)
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      ..tried to give it to daughters, but they weren't interested. So now I'm giving it to granddaughters. I don't bother to ask--it's just what they get for a wedding or graduation present. A little dessert set here, crystal water glasses there... I'm waiting for the first grandson to marry--he gets the monogrammed silver water goblets!

      I have used it over the years--some of it sets a smashing Christmas table--but not much. "Elegance" really has become obsolete.

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