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chase33

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2010 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello All

I have a friend who likes the look of the "Danish" - inspired modern designs and is looking for a flatware pattern. So far these are the ones that I have found:

COLONIAL CLASSIC by REED & BARTON
COPENHAGEN by MANCHESTER SILVER
DANISH BAROQUE by TOWLE
EMPRESS by INTERNATIONAL
INTERMEZZO by NATIONAL SILVER
KING CEDRIC by ONEIDA
KING CHRISTIAN by WALLACE CO
NORSE by INTERNATIONAL
NORTHERN LIGHTS by INTERNATIONAL
ROYAL DANISH by INTERNATIONAL
SILVER POPPY by LUNT SILVERSMITHS
SONJA by INTERNATIONAL
SOVEREIGN (HISPANA) by GORHAM
SOVEREIGN, OLD by GORHAM

Does anyone have any other patterns to add to the list?

Thanks

Robert

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2010 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm fond of Princess Ingrid by Concord/Frank M. Whiting.

It is not as obvious as those above, but Reigning Beauty by Oneida seems Danish inspired to me. If you look it up in Hagan, she still has the illustrations for Reigning Beauty and Satin Beauty reversed. Satin Beauty has a curlicue at the juncture of the handle; Reigning Beauty has none.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2010 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
International's Spring Glory is my favorite of the 1930s-40s Scandinavian-inspired patterns and my pattern. I've kept a list for several years, intending at some point to gather up another dozen or so place-settings of different patterns to coordinate with my service. Your list seems to be patterns with some similarities of form to Jensen's Acorn/Konge (heh, especially Royal Danish), here are a few others along those lines:

Oneida - Mansion House
Watson - Juliana
Weidlich - Jenny Lind
Frank M. Whiting - Princess Ingrid ~ Taloncrest - haven't seen this pattern by Concord before (in Hagan?) - though Ellmore acquired both companies well before the introduction date.

Some others on my list:

Graff, Washbourne & Dunn - Fountain & Modern Nordic
Old Newbury - Karen & Oak Leaf
Frank Smith - Woodlily
Tiffany - Palmette
Watson/Wallace - Lotus
Royal Crest's Castle Rose is also a pattern that coordinates well with Spring Glory and my Scandinavian (mostly Danish & Norwegian) serving pieces, etc.

To my eye, a number of 20th century American patterns have Scandinavian influences, including many of the modernist designs from the 50s-60s. Interestingly, you include the 1968 Gorham Sovereign pattern, which was introduced and sold as Hispana until the the mid-'70s (my 1977 edition JCK Index shows the name change), part of the "Mediterranean/Spanish" trend in the '60s-70s. The 1948 Oneida Mansion House pattern was reintroduced in a 1967 satin-finish version called Casa Grande - as with most things in life, design can be seen differently according to individual perceptions.

~Cheryl

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2010 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheryl, you are right about Princess Ingrid. I had a senior moment. I have a small set of Troubadour, which is found with both marks, and my mind confused that fact with the Princess Ingrid, which would be Frank Whiting only.

I have found old articles of the period which considered Troubadour to be a Scandinavian style design, but I really don't see it.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 11-02-2010 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember hearing a comment, or reading one, that "Royal Danish" was "designed by International's legal department." It's awfully close...

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 11-02-2010 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is nice to see attorney’s getting credit for such a beautiful design, but I suspect any design patents on the Jensen patterns had expired by the time that Royal Danish was introduced.

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