Sort of a dreary day here today. Rain now and possibly mixing with snow later. Anyway let me share some information on Oneida. I received a Pearl 53 piece service for 8. (Normally $129.99 now $59.99) It is snow white and has little raised dots around the edges of the dinnerware. Made of stoneware and both dishwasher and microwave safe this was a great choice for my family. It included 8 dinner plates, 8 salad plates, 8 soup bowls, 8 cups, 8 saucers, 8 fruit bowls, 1 vegetable bowl, 1 serving platter, 1 sugar bowl with lid and a creamer. I love it! We have used it several times. It is pretty and yet can be used daily. My daughter really likes to set the table with these. I highly recommend this set to anyone looking for a nice dinnerware set.
As you can see from the pictures they are nice!
"The Oneida Story
The Oneida Community:
The Nineteenth-Century Utopian Society of John Humphrey Noyes
To state it briefly, the old Oneida Community was a religious and social society founded in Oneida, New York, in 1848 by John Humphrey Noyes and his followers. In the beginning, most of them were Vermonters, almost all were New Englanders.
The Community was founded on Noyes' theology of Perfectionism, a form of Christianity with two basic values; self-perfection and communalism. These ideals were translated into everyday life through shared property and work. Noyes' solution was a society where the interest of one member became the interest of all - the enlargement of the family. They called themselves Perfectionists and, being logical and literal, they proceeded to substitute for the small unit of home and family and individual possessions, the larger unit of group-family and group-family life.
The Oneida Community canned fruits and vegetables; they made traps and chains; they made traveling bags and straw hats and mop sticks and sewing silk and, last of all, they found out how to make silver knives and forks and spoons.
This is the beginning of what has grown to become Oneida Silversmiths and the Oneida Ltd. of today.Learn more about the history of the Oneida Community and the heritage of Oneida Ltd.
Visit Mansion House (www.oneidacommunity.org), where you can learn more about on-going activities at this historic property, the first home of the Oneida Community
Oneida Ltd. Today
Throughout the economic, social and political changes that Oneida has seen during its history, the company’s reputation for excellence and brand recognition has remained unshakable. An independent national consumer study has found that 90 percent of consumers name Oneida as the first company they think of when asked about stainless steel flatware—an invaluable measure of the Oneida brand’s strength.
Just as importantly, Oneida’s workforce has maintained its dedication even through the most trying of times — adapting some original community ideals to fit the modern-day goal of being a complete tabletop supplier. “The dignity of work” has been a constant theme; every job is recognized as an important contributor to the company’s success. Brand recognition, product quality and dedicated employees are enduring strengths that form the backbone of the company as it moves forward."
This short bit of history above was taken from the Oneida Website. There is much more about the company that can be read there.
Oneida is a well-known company that has been around for years. They still produce quality dinnerware, silverware, and kitchenware. If you are looking for a nice gift, make sure you check the Oneida site. By the way, this would make a nice set to use for the holidays!
Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive a dinnerware set for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Oneida email or website. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
I read with interest your postings on the Oneida Community and Oneida Ltd. Very nice introduction to the rich history of the Community and the silverware company that was created when the religious community broke up in 1881.
My wife and I are living in an apartment in the Oneida Community Mansion House, right above what was once the Community dining room and is now a restaurant.
You can follow our discoveries of the Community history on our blog - http://tontine255.wordpress.com.|