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American Sterling Silver Dinner Service 224 pieces

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A stunning mahogany cabinet houses this monumental American silver table and flatware service

Key Features

  • This complete sterling silver service is monumental in size and beauty
  • This large set is comprised of Reed & Barton flatware and Redlich & Co. hollowware
  • This service is distinguished by the Rococo artistry and Francis I motif
  • A magnificent mahogany chest houses the entire service
  • Fitted to hold each and every piece, the chest is complete with two hidden folding trays
  • All pieces are marked

Item Details

  • Width:
    Case: 61 3/4 Inches
  • Height:
    Case: 62 3/4 Inches
  • Depth:
    Case: 25 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
This monumental American sterling silver dinner service epitomizes the stately glamour of turn-of-the century dining. A total of 224 pieces comprise this extraordinary service for 12, including a luxurious 69-piece hollowware service by Redlich and Co. and a magnificent 155-piece flatware service by the famed Reed & Barton in the beloved Francis I pattern. The Redlich hollowware is stunning to behold. Each piece is exquisitely hand-chased with a foliage and lattice applied border, it's stunning Victorian design incorporating both Rococo and neoclassical elements. From the large, two handled serving tray and rose bowl with metal frog insert to the complete tea and coffee service and demitasse cups with Lenox porcelain liners, each piece of the magnificent service is a work of art. 

The Reed & Barton flatware is perfectly at home in this incredible service. The Francis I pattern is one of the most recognized and coveted patterns in the world. Designed by master silver artist Ernest Mayer, it was made to rival the opulent Renaissance-Baroque metalwork of Benvenuto Cellini, court artist and sculptor in the court of King Francis I of France. In honor of  Francis' ascension to the French throne in 1515, Meyer took on the ambitious task of creating 15 ornate designs that would decorate each Francis I piece. Introduced in 1906, this ornate pattern burst with voluminous scrollwork, leaves, blossoms, and fruit, combined in a different pattern on each piece.

This extraordinary service is housed in its fitted mahogany chest. Crafted in the elegant Georgian style, this chest houses the service in graduated drawers behind double doors.  Preparing the pieces for serving is made seamless by two folding racks hidden within compartments on either side of the drawers.

The hollowware service includes:
12 second course dishes
12 side plates
12 coffee cup holders/saucers with Lenox porcelain liners
8 pepperettes
6-piece tea and coffee service with tray en suite, with ivory insulated handles
4 candlesticks
3 piece demitasse coffee service, with ivory insulated handles
2 meat dishes
2 serving dishes, one with divider
2 tea caddies
coffee pot
rose bowl with detachable metal frog
silver water jug
dessert stand on short foot
second course dish
oblong serving dish with pierced grill
double-lipped sauceboat & stand
sugar caster
circular waiter

Francis I flatware service comprised of 12 each:dinner knives
lunch knives
dinner forks
lunch forks
salad forks
soup/cream soup spoons
butter spreaders
iced tea spoons
seafood forks
demi spoons
grapefruit spoons
1 each:
serving tablespoon
pierced serving tablespoon
gravy ladle
cold meat fork
pie knife
cheese knife
master butter spreader
sugar shell
jelly server
lemon fork
pickle fork

All pieces are marked

Tray: 29 1/2" wide
Rose bowl with detachable metal frog: 14 1/2" diameter
Coffee pot: 11 1/4" high
Candlesticks: 14" high
Chest: 61 3/4" wide x 25 1/2" deep x 62 3/4" high

Makers of sterling flatware, holloware and souvenir spoons, Redlich & Co. was originally founded in 1890 in New York City by silver designer Adolph Ludwig and A. Alec Redlich, a diamond merchant. The company operated under the name of Ludwig, Redlich and Co. That partnership would last for only five years and in late 1895, Ludwig sold his interest in the company. Redlich and Company operated as such for more than 45 years and was counted among the important American silversmiths of the day including Gorham, Reed & Barton and Dominick & Haff. Together, these elite companies formed an alliance known as the Sterling Silversmiths Guild of America to promote the use of silver wares. Redlich and Company was acquired by the Elgin Silversmith Co. in 1945, though their fine reputation prompted the new owners to continue to use the Redlich trademark on many of their pieces.

The commission for a silver service presented silver companies with the perfect opportunity to allow their creativity and ingenuity to flourish. The companies' most talented artisans would have been employed to design and execute these important works. A magnificent creation such as this was a triumph for Redlich and Co. The opportunity to acquire such a superior example is indeed a rarity.

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