Belleek/Willett For the story of American Belleek you must travel across the waters to County Fermanagh, Ireland to a little town called Belleek. The year is 1857 and we learn that Belleek is ultra lightweight, trans
News-Antique.com - Jan 31,2011 - This Belleek is a superior quality porcelain. The reason for the high quality of this porcelain is that English and Irish workers were coaxed over to Ireland to work in the manufacture of Belleek. With this abundance of talented men all co-operating, Irish Belleek soon became the eggshell thin translucent porcelain we all recognize.
Upon learning that American manufacturers were trying to perfect the new porcelain, a few of these workers traveled to America. They went from factory to factory assisting the Americans wherever they needed to get the quality desired for their American Belleek patterns.
This eventually became a problem; Irish Belleek did not wish to have the Americanís using their name to distribute the American Belleek products. It was taken to court and the Irish won, therefore the Lenox company came into existence with its warm creamy kaolin which is strong and yet translucent. The American Belleek pieces I love which are my special for the month, is a very creamy soft yellow colored background with blue highlights, pink roses and green intertwining leaves and gold accents on handles, outlines and base. The superb finishing touch is the artist signed these pieces with Nancy in the most difficult area, under the handle. These pieces are 10% off with no added charge for shipping.