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The Pickard China story dates back to 1893 when Wilder Pickard established the company in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Wilder's son, Austin Pickard, joined the business in the 1920's. He moved the company to its present Antioch, Illinois location in 1930 and seven years later introduced the warm white china with the lion trademark still used today. This beautiful china, then as now, is noted for its graceful shapes, lightness and delicacy, unusual strength and brilliant glaze.
Today Pickard ranks among the finest china made anywhere in the world. The same craftsmanship and skilled handwork necessary to produce top quality ware has not changed through four generations. Each piece of china produced in the Pickard factory passes through a minimum of 21 stages and three inspections, and is handled by Pickard employees averaging 18 years on the job. All patterns are decorated with 24K gold (never anything less), pure platinum and brilliant cobalt, with a style that caters to a niche of clientele looking for elegant, timeless upscale dinnerware.
In 1977, Pickard was selected by the U.S. Department of State to manufacture the official china service used by our embassies and other diplomatic missions around the world. Pickard has also been commissioned to produce custom china for Air Force One, Blair House, Camp David, numerous heads of state and many prestigious hotels, restaurants and corporations.