Welcome to Antiques & Moore! This listing is for a nice set of Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver place size flatware with service for 12 plus 6 serving pieces. This set is an assembled set as indicated below with both the old and newer pieces included.
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. (12) Place Knives - measure 9 1/8.
(12) Forks - measure 7 3/4. (12) Salad Forks - measure 6 1/8. (12) Teaspoons - measure 5 7/8. (12) C ream Soup Spoons - measure 5 3/4.
(1) Sugar Shell - measures 61/2. (1) Cold Meat Fork - measures 7 1/8. (1) Gravy Ladle - measures 6 5/8.
(1) Table Serving Spoon - measures 8 1/4. (1) Slotted Serving Spoon - measures 8 1/4. (1) Master Butter Spreader/Knife - measures 7. The set is in excellent Estate condition.The newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton, Sterling". Weight of set without knives is 2545 grams or almost 90 ounces. The knives weigh 890 grams or just over 31 ounces for a total weight of 3435 grams or just over 121 ounces. 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.
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