Sterling Silver Flatware: The Best of the Best

Do you remember the days when sterling silver flatware was a must-have at any formal event? Do you still enjoy setting a fancy table for special occasions, such as holidays?

While sterling silver flatware may not be as common as it once was, that shouldn’t stop you from having a classic set on hand. You never know when you’ll take it out to impress your guests.

You have a few options when shopping for sterling silver flatware. To start, you could purchase a set at a local department store or online. However, before you do this, consider some of the most sought after patterns from the past:

•    Grande Baroque by Wallace: Created by William S. Warren in 1942, this pattern has been a long-time favorite. Today, there are hundreds of flatware pieces available in this pattern.

•    Repoussé by Stieff: This pattern was first introduced in 1845, making it one of the oldest patterns around. For intricate details and quality, there aren’t many flatware patterns that rival this one.

•    King Richard by Towle: Named after Richard the Lion Hearted, this pattern debuted in the early 1930s. It can be difficult to pinpoint as it doesn’t have any monograms.

•    Eloquence Sterling by Lunt: First hitting the market in 1953, it didn’t take Eloquence long to carve out a niche. It’s considered Lunt’s most popular pattern.

•    Francis 1st by Reed & Barton: If you’re seeking an American pattern, the Francis 1st by Reed & Barton is a good place to start. As you search for this pattern, you can determine if it’s authentic by checking for the original backstamp that features a lion, an eagle, and the letter “R.”

If you’re in the market for high-quality, antique sterling silver flatware, one of these patterns is sure to catch your eye.

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