Arcopal is a currently discontinued line of dinnerware that was introduced in 1958 by a French company called Verrerie Cristallerie d'Arques (VCA). Arcopal was one of the first brand names offered by the company and was discontinued in 2000 when the parent company changed its name to ARC International.Continue Reading
Founded in 1825 as a small family business, VCA was a pioneer in industrial automation, slowly evolving into an international group offering high-quality glassware through innovation and research.
Arcopal was introduced simultaneously with two other brands, Luminarc and Arcoroc. Arcopal dinnerware featured glassware that was nearly five times stronger than china, lightweight, was "opal" or tinted glass and resistant to chipping and breaking. Its counterpart, Arcoroc, was tempered and lightweight as well. Luminarc featured transparent glassware.
In 2000, when the Arcopal brand was discontinued, most remaining collections came under the Luminarc brand of products. The company recently created a new material called Zenix for use in manufacturing Luminarc products, further increasing their durability.Learn more about Tableware
Portuguese dinnerware typically consists of brightly painted hand-made ceramic stoneware, but antique sets tend to be rare. Portuguese artisans hand-make and hand-paint modern Portuguese dinnerware, including casual and fine china sets.Full Answer >
Vintage dinnerware patterns include Ballerina, Blue Staffordshire and Royal Bayreuth Jack Horner pattern, as noted on the LaurelLeafFarm.com website. There are dozens of different patterns that are either popular for collecting or passed down through families. Many of the patterns are kept in circulation today by families passing the dinnerware down and needing replacement pieces.Full Answer >
Quality dinnerware sets for 12 come from such companies as Pfaltzgraff, Mikasa, JCPenney and Corelle. Pflatzgraff offers such patterns as Winterberry, whose plate and bowl rims are gently scalloped and edged in turquoise and have patterns of garlands and sprigs of holly berries.Full Answer >
Online retailers that sell Corelle dinnerware replacements include Corelle.com, eBay.com and Replacements.com. A limited number of Corelle patterns are available at local department stores, but these venues generally sell Corelle by setting rather than by individual piece. Dinnerware available for purchase individually bears the label "open stock," and may include plates, bowls, mugs and assorted serving pieces.Full Answer >