Featured Object

In each issue, the bimonthly DAR magazine, American Spirit, highlights an object from the DAR Museum collection in its "National Treasures" feature. These objects, often recent accessions or important pieces in the current exhibit, always have a story to tell about American history.

National Treasures

Strong Set

 

The British ceramics factory Wedgwood made this bone china cream pot and covered sugar bowl between 1812 and 1831. Wedgwood did not invent bone china; Josiah Spode II is credited with developing it in 1799. Bone china, a form of porcelain, actually has bone ash mixed into the formula. Other ingredients include china clay, feldspathic rock and flint. The high percentage of bone ash in the formula produces a superior product that is whiter in color, lighter in weight and less brittle.

 

Wedgwood was slow to introduce bone china wares, only doing so in 1812. In this early period, Wedgwood bone china was limited to tea sets and dessert services. Many of the early designs were influenced by Chinese styles, as seen on these examples. Though considered to be of high quality, consumers considered Wedgwood's bone china designs old-fashioned and too expensive. Wedgwood stopped producing bone china in 1831, although production resumed in 1878.

More National Treasures

Sitting Pretty

To the Rescue

Strange Brew

Tayloe Family Ties

Ornamental Trio

Reviving the Stone

A Record to Remember

Fashion Flashback

Let's Go Ride a Bike

Rock-a-Bye

Isn't It Romantic

A Rockin' Good Toy

The Mystery of Mother and Child

Keep Cool

Dress for the Ages

Historical Register

Banjo Time

Getting Warmer

Virginia Map Quest

Serve It Up

Greatest Toy on Earth

Dress for the Day

Boston Uncommon

A Teapot to Revere

Seats of Honor

Birthday Threads

Clockwork

Play On

Top Drawer

Burning Bright

Seated in Revolution

Something to Crow About

Sister Stitch

Tea Time

Capturing Cherubs

A Link to the Past

Brushes with Fame

Something Borrowed

Supper Is Served

Stately Seats

Heirloom High Chest

Making Beautiful Music

Forged From Fire

For Madame's Trousseau

Let It Out

Heavenly Harmonies

Priceless Pooch

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