Welcome to Antiques & Moore! This listing is for a lovely set of Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver dinner size flatware with service for 8 plus 4 extra teaspoons and 4 serving pieces for a total of 64 pieces. This set is an assembled set as indicated below.The "Francis I" pattern was designed by Ernest Meyer for Reed & Barton in 1906. It has been one of the most popular silver flatware patterns ever produced with its elaborate Acanthus & Fruit design on the handle. 8 dinner knives measuring 9 1/2 (old mark). 8 dinner forks measuring 7 3/4 (5 old, 3 new). 8 salad forks measuring 6 1/8 (old).
12 teaspoons measuring 5 7/8 (old). 8 iced tea or beverage spoons measuring 7 5/8 (4 old, 4 new). 8 cream soup spoons measuring 5 3/4 (old).8 cocktail forks measuring 5 5/8 (new). 1 gravy ladle measuring 6 5/8 (new).
1 serving spoon measuring 8 1/4 (old). 1 pierced serving spoon measuring 8 1/4 (old). 1 cold meat fork measuring 7 7/8 (new). PLEASE NOTE: The butter knives in the photos above are NO longer with this set. The set includes only the pieces listed above (a total of 64 pieces).
The set is in very good Estate condition reflecting only minimal signs of normal wear. The newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton, Sterling". Total weight (excluding knives) is 3040 grams. Ernest Meyer was a brilliant French designer and created the "Francis First" pattern with the goal of rivaling the beauty and opulence of the silver created by the great Italian Renaissance silversmiths for the French Court of Francis I.
The pattern consists of fifteen different designs and the creative process took three years to complete. Francis I was introduced in 1906 and was an immediate success with Royalty from all over the world purchasing this silver. The continuing popularity of Francis I Sterling Silver led to a demand for matching service pieces and Reed & Barton over the years have created over 100 matching hollowware pieces and the addition of a silver plate line marketed as King Francis.Francis I is also my own silver pattern and since we are currently downsizing, many of these pieces are from my personal collection. We offer a flexible layaway plan on our more expensive items. We at Antiques & Moore have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! The item "64-PC REED & BARTON FRANCIS I STERLING SILVER DINNER SERVICE (SERVICE FOR 8+)" is in sale since Sunday, October 25, 2009.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.