Thistle was born in 1913 from the inspiration of the Chardon service created in 1909. In 1913, the name Anglicized to become Thistle, the service incorporates its heritage through its name and the plant motif of its engraved frieze decorated in fine gold. Since then, it has shone on the finest tables.
Emblem of the city of Nancy in France, the chardon (French for “Thistle”) was the original inspiration behind a first service created in 1908. In 1913, the name was anglicized, becoming Thistle. Since then, it sparkles nobly on the greatest tables. Venitian-style stripes, bevel cuts and a decoration made from 24-carat gold or platinum adorn its parison. Thistle: more than 100 years-old and as sharp as ever.
The thistle was the inspiration for the design of this service, created for the 1909 Nancy exhibition, at the height of Art Nouveau. Chardon, in reference to Nancy's emblem, was presented with the city's motto: "Qui s'y frotte s'y pique" ("He who rubs it, stings it"). Later, as a result of the Entente Cordiale, Chardon became Thistle and shone on the finest tables. Thistle has been in existence for 110 years, and from the 1970s onwards has been adorned in gold and platinum.