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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-04-2016 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good friend found this cute little sterling Reed and Barton pin depicting 3 spoons with different patterns. Can you name the patterns and speculate about why they all appear on this pin?

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 05-05-2016 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have forks in the middle pattern, from my grandmother. Can't remember the name. My husband likes them because they're big and sturdy, unlike the delicate little things I'm always setting the table with. When he does the table-setting, out come those R&B forks. "A big man needs a big fork."

I'd heard that when a bride selected her wedding silver, the jeweler would present her with a spoon pin in her pattern. Could this be one of those?

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2016 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only one I knew was the one on the right, and I don't know why I remembered it, so I cheated and looked them up. I have an idea of what they have in common. I've never seen a pin like this. I do have a few spoon pins, including one of Francis I. I think they are neat, but being a man can't find any way to make use of them myself. My mother had a silverplated one in her jewelry box, but I don't think it was any particular pattern.

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2016 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't seen that one either, but suspect it was also for brides, showing some new patterns introduced for their selection that year. I do have the spoon pin in my pattern, International's Spring Glory.

~Cheryl

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2016 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When my wife graduated from High School the jewelry store in town gave every graduate that registered their pattern a teaspoon in their pattern. My wife initially picked Old Master, but her mother talked her into Burgundy by Reed and Barton. That is the pattern we now have, but for some reason we usually use a coin silver pattern.
Through the years some of the most enjoyable times we have had are dinner parties and silver has certainly been a major part of these parties.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-15-2016 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funnily enough I thought it would be a cinch to identify these patterns but I came up empty looking at Jewelers' Circular. I totally agree the pin was probably related to young ladies picking their flatware patterns.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2016 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Believe they were all introduced in 1941 (but don't hold me to it, I'm not at home to double-check)...

~Cheryl

[This message has been edited by dragonflywink (edited 05-15-2016).]

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 05-16-2016 05:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'French Renaissance', 'Guildhall', and 'Fragrance', all introduced in 1941.

~Cheryl

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-16-2016 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent Cheryl. biggrin

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 05-16-2016 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, knew them when I first posted, but thought June already knew too and was just showing them for some fun - thought I'd let someone else post the IDs. Not the greatest representations of some not particularly popular patterns (maybe R&B was trying to push them) - regardless, a cute little pin...

~Cheryl

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-16-2016 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cascade of thoughts...........

I started thinking how this pin might work above or next to a sales persons name tag. This cascaded into the thought of "when were name tags first used?".... This lead me to something although not silver.... I found interesting and thought I would share:

Rare Medieval Name Tags

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-17-2016 06:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bravo, Cheryl, thanks!

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