A beautiful and famous set with many pieces. This set is sometimes referred to as the “Solferino” or “Royal Purple” china, and was ordered by the First Lady during a shopping trip to New York after her husband took office. The pattern of the gold and purple border is called “Alahambra”, which was a popular style of the time. The color was also fashionable at the time and apparently was a favored shade of Mary Todd Lincoln. A colorful coat of arms is seen on pieces of the service.
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