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Dale

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iconnumber posted 09-17-2008 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Felt it was time to check out new trends in flatware and holloware. There has been movement since I last looked into this. In the last year, mixing media has become even more prevalent. The first pieces are from Wallace, a multimotif pattern called butterfly. It is sold only thru a few high end retailers. Basic stainless with handle plated in nickle.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 09-17-2008 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From another maker, English I think, is a butterfly themed serveset. It is pewter with an acrylic bowl. Sort of a modern bride's basket.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 09-17-2008 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a serveware set. It is made out of a number of things.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 09-18-2008 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last week I opened my Kellogg's Mini Wheat cereal box and found an Indiana Jones spoon as a giveaway. It is just plastic, but it has a red color LED light in it that you can switch on while you eat your cereal with it. My point is I think this kind of silly creativity is good news in terms of attracting kids' attention to their eating utensils and hopefully one day in the future when they buy their silverware they may have a proclivity towards choosing something interesting such as the designs we have been discussing in these threads on the growth in interesting new silverware designs.

I still remember the little plastic figures of Snap, Crackle, and Pop that were found in Rice Crispies boxes many decades ago and that clipped onto your spoon.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2008 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The handles are pewter, which now takes a shine like silverplate, and the working parts are stainless. It is called 'stag handle' and will be a familiar design to many of us.

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Dale

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These are in the shape of tassels. Made out of stainless with silver plating and costume pearls. Exist simply as servers.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2008 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wallace now has a design with a monkey on it.


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Dale

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2008 12:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And from the company that brought us last year's Japanese Bird stainless another familiar one. Called tomato vine.

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 09-28-2008 03:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dale,

What is happening now.. I attended the Silver Magazine symposium this week and one of my questions to the folks at Replacements Ltd, was what their sales breakdowns were for stainless, plated and sterling flatware.

As I was expecting, due to your expositions in these forums, sterling silver is still the largest dollar chunk of the 3, followed by stainless steel. Silver plated flatware sales have fallen to a very small % of total flatware sales.

More importantly, they expect their stainless flatware sales to eclipse sterling flatware sales within 5 years. Considering the young people like convenience, I have to agree.

I listened to one of the other large retailers talk about slowing sterling flatware sales and increasing stainless flatware sales. They did mentioned that sales of "cute" and "baby" sterling silver products was as good as ever

I will write more later.

Marc

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