Stamped on the underside with "Eagle-R-Lion" and "Sterling". Light gold wash on server.
It was designed by Ernest Meyer, a French silversmith. His goal was to create a pattern that eclipsed the splendid Renaissance-Baroque metalwork of Benvenuto Cellini, court artist and sculptor in the court of King Francis I who ascended the French throne in 1515. It took him three years to design. The pattern is unique, given that - unlike other flatware patterns - it has fifteen different fruit-and-flower clusters. Each handle bears one of these detailed designs.Francis 1st flatware was produced by Reed & Barton Silversmiths. The original backstamp featured a lion, an eagle, and the letter "R"; Commonly called "Eagle-R-Lion". In about 1950 a new backstamp came into use which reads "Reed and Barton". This flatware was made in the US and is warranted by its production company for 100 years.