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iconnumber posted 06-24-2013 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious to see who collects silverplate flatware and if so, what pattern?

Also, I was wondering: what do you think is the best designed silverplate flatware? Preferrably those that were made only in silverplate and aren't copies of sterling patterns.


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iconnumber posted 06-25-2013 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I had the time and space.... years ago I would have set up small silver re-plating apparatus .....

Silverplate flatware is often very inexpensive... The patterns can be very diverse, interesting and beautiful. This includes silverplate souvenir spoons.

If anyone is collecting silverplate they will want a copy of Silver Plated Flatware Patterns
by Fredna Harris Davis and Kenneth K. Deibel

Sometimes Silverplate patterns can be found in sterling.

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2013 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to our sterling we have collected the 1835 R. Wallace Floral silver plate pattern which was patented in 1902. It is a sumptuous multi-motif pattern. There are at least 10 different floral designs that vary throughout the service. The detail is exquisite. Our service has grown over 30 years to over 400+ pieces. We are still looking for certain serving pieces It may not rank with the Vintage or Moselle grape silver plated patterns in popularity but certainly deserves an honorable mention as one of the best designed silver plate patterns. Multi motif floral designs were popular during the period in sterling as well but I can argue one way or the other regarding who may have copied who.

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2013 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm very fond of silverplated flatware, but I tend to collect it in sets but not add much more to the original set. I love finding lightly used quality sets at antique shops and local auctions. My favorite all-time pattern is Bird of Paradise, part of Oneida's Community Plate line, although I don't really collect it. I have a basic service for six in the dessert size, and one in grille style. I love the incuse design with the two birds on an otherwise plain handle. I also really like Reed and Barton's art deco Maid of Honor. I wish they had made it in sterling like they did so many other of their plated patterns. And I have to say that overall I tend to like Oneida's designs best, even though the only pattern I really collect is Eternally Yours by International, my mother's pattern. I do have a sizeable set of Grosvenor, another Community Plate pattern, but I've not added to that set in years. I'll buy just about any Community Plate set, except for some of those from the 50s-70s. One 60s Oneida pattern that I do like is Lady Empire which was marketed under the Nobility Plate trademark. It doesn't show up much, and I have a service for six that is short a few pieces. I was excited rather recently to acquire a set of Morning Glory by Wallace in excellent condition. It was the first time I have seen this pattern in person in thirty years of junking and have always found it interesting looking.

Many of Oneida's sterling patterns were first produced in silverplate. Virginian was originally the silver-plated Chateau, King Cedric was silverplated originally, I believe, and the Wildflower pattern marketed under the Royal Crest trademark was originally the Tudor Plate pattern Madelon. I have twice ran into a sterling version of an International silverplate pattern called Lyric from 1939. The first time was in person, and the second was on the big auction site. I assume it was made in sterling during the war to meet some demand. The set I saw in person was only marked sterling.

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2013 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am collecting the following patterns:

Pairpoint Croyden
1847 Assyrian Head
Rogers Olive

My goal is to find enough pieces while I am "out and about" to eventually put a set together.

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iconnumber posted 10-05-2014 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great post idea! I especially like the multi-motif Roman Medallion pattern by Reed & Barton. The different medallion heads are really wonderful and have such variations. To accompany the flatware, I have a Reed & Barton medallion teapot which is superb. I also like to collect Aesthetic plate patterns such as Japanese by Holmes Booth & Haydens and St James by Rogers & Bros. especially serving pieces or less general utensils like pastry forks. Of the Aesthetic plate patterns, I find Brilliant by Reed & Barton to be really smart looking. Awhile back, I found a set of 6 cocktail forks in a pattern called Game which was introduced in 1892 by 1847 Rogers Bros. It features a hanging dead game bird at the top of the stem and then pieces of fruit going down the rest of the stem. The pattern reminds me of Dutch 16th and 17th century still-lifes laden with dead game. Fun! It is not a full line apparently and I haven't come across other pieces. Finally, I like finding odd 19th century English plate patterns too. What they're called, I haven't a clue. Does anyone know if there is a Tere Hagan type book for English silverplate? I know there is an English sterling flatware book.


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