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iconnumber posted 05-11-2001 06:15 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In an assembled flatware service for twelve, which is more desirable:
  • 10 matching dinner forks plus two others that match each other but not the ten,


  • two separate matching sets of six? (If it makes any difference)
I am talking about an American coin silver pattern from around 1850, and the sense in which the pieces don't match is with regard to retailer's stamp and owner's engraved initials or name.)


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iconnumber posted 05-12-2001 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WGS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Silver is beautiful anyway. I like to use some slightly different pieces just to demonstrate the difference. As to retailers' marks, I don't even consider that a difference, and tasteful monograms are a delight regardless of the letters. (I can't read most of them anyway.)


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iconnumber posted 05-19-2001 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barbara, I don't think there is a particular "right" way to assemble the set. I think that you should approach the collection from the point of view of what you intend to do with it or use it for. For example, if you are assembling the set for display and balance is important, then you might want to go with 6 each of the forks that have the same monogram. On the other hand, if you plan on using it and often have more 6 places to set, but rarely more the 10, then you might want to go with the 10 and 2, so you could have all the forks with matching monograms. One solution is to include the extra forks...then you could have it both ways. I agree with WGS that the retailer's marks don't make much difference, but it could be an interesting approach to a collection. Well done monograms are a form of art themselves and certainly can add interest to the arrangement whether they match or not.

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