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From the Ask the White House" June 5, 2003 archives
Tom, from Columbus Ohio writes:
What is the history behind the Gorham King Charles sterling flatware service? I believe that it was purchased during the Nixon administration. Was it a custom design? How many pieces are in the service? It does not seem to appear often at state dinners. When and how often is it used? Thank you.

Bill Allman, White House Curator replies:
Dear Tom: A set of sterling silver flatware was ordered in the Nixon administration and received in 1974 after President Ford took office. It is a traditional English "Kings" pattern which Gorham had named "King Charles" for it to be sold by "Historic Charleston" South Carolina. It is often used for formal luncheons and sometimes for dinners. For state dinners, the formal events held for the leaders of other nations that are most often seen on the television or in newspaper photos, the tables are set with the gilded silver flatware that dates from different eras. The forks were made in 1894, the dinner knives in 1924, and other pieces in 1950 and 1994.

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