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iconnumber posted 10-06-2014 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Taking my lead from chase33's post in the silverplate forum about what everyone collects in silverplate flatware, I thought it would be good to have a thread in the sterling category as well.

I love collecting various medallion patterns by different makers in both sterling and coin silver. My favorite patterns are by Schulz and Fischer from San Francisco, Ivanhoe by Albert Coles and the Wood & Hughes pattern with the twisted stems and their Warrior pattern too. I also like the later 1880's archaeological medallion patterns by Duhme and Shiebler.

I am also quite fond of Japanese by Whiting and Celestial by Wood & Hughes. Although mostly outside of my collecting range, I have a few pieces of Gorham's Japanese.

In addition, I am quite fond of the ornate 1890's patterns such as Imperial Queen by Whiting, Imperial Chrysanthemum by Gorham and Chrysanthemum by Durgin. Chrysanthemums are perhaps my most favorite flower.

What patterns does everyone else collect/like?


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iconnumber posted 12-29-2014 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok so I am a little late in replying (the holidays are just way too hectic and since I start early for our annual holiday party... lets just say its nice to relax).

Anyway here goes my list:
Gorham Chantilly - my mother gave me her set she received as wedding gifts and I have greatly added to it since then. It is the largest set I have - a service for 36.
Manchester Gadroonette - my grandparent's wedding silver - I received them since no one else in the family wanted them. It is a great pattern and a nice complement to Chantilly.
Gorham Etruscan - another set from my grandparent's who received them from my grandmother's aunt (and another set no one wanted). I really love this pattern and have added more pieces.
Reed & Barton Dimension - This is a set I chose myself.
Wallace Soliloquy - Another set for myself.
Lunt Colonial Theme - I like this pattern and bought this set when it was going to the smelter.

When it comes to hollowware, I don't think I have a favorite style - just great looking pieces that "speak" to me. (Although I do like the hollowware for International's Wedgwood.)

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2014 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have Burgundy/Francis I by Reed and Barton and Lily by Whiting. Much of the Burgundy was from our recent marriage and we have added to it over the years with both Burgundy and Francis I pieces. Several years ago my wife took a liking to the Lily pattern and started buying it.

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 02:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gosh Chase33 now I am replying to your reply nearly 3 years later! It is so wonderful that you inherited some family silver sets. That is really lovely as they display and embody the history of their use and its emotions. So nice. I did not inherit any silver from my family. My grandmother had the ever popular Coronation pattern which then my mom had until she got a new set in the silverplate pattern White Orchid from the 50's. Not really my taste. From my other grandmother I do have 2 lovely good size sterling shell dishes the maker of which escapes me, but I will have to take another look.

Cheers! Kelly

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2017 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Vetdaddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since this thread has been revived- Growing up, my parents armed us with Kirk repousse flatware. Ultimately, that set was handed down to me. Later I yielded and let my brother curate that set as a "brotherly" gesture. Today, we enjoy our Towle "El Grandee" flatware set while celebrating family gatherings and holidays. I was attracted to the heavy "baroque" style and the patent my wife's birth year.

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iconnumber posted 01-26-2019 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lisa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Better a late reply than none! Years ago I got a few pieces of sterling that belonged to my grandmother & now I couldn't really tell you how many pieces I have. The two patterns that got me started were Stratford & Cleone, both of which were made by Simpson, Hall & Miller. Anyway, to make a long story short I collect floral patterns produced from the late 1800's until around 1910. Love those flowers!

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