Used as a kitchen tool for centuries, the fork was slow to make its way into common usage as an eating implement. By the 7th century, the fork was being used among royal courts in the Middle East and by the 11th century was fairly common among the wealthy merchants in the region. In the 11th century, forks were brought to Italy by a Byzantine princess upon her marriage to a future Doge chief magistrate of Venice. When she died shortly after her wedding, it was perceived as divine punishment and helped to delay the common usage of forks in Italy for several more centuries. By the 14th century, forks were occasionally showing up in the inventories and wills of the nobles and the wealthy. Again, the fork was slow to be accepted in France as the French thought it to be an affectation of the Italians. The French found it awkward and even dangerous. When it did begin to entrench itself in the local culture, it was strictly something for only the very wealthy and upper classes. In , after his travels in Italy, an Englishman named Thomas Coryate brought the first forks to England. The English, however, wanted little to do with the fork, considering it to be effeminate.
What is the value of this set? From Patsy in Richmond, Virginia. I have 4 pounds of Roger Brothers IS. I was just wondering what it was worth. I would like to know more about it before I decide whether or not to sell it? From Tim in Pacific, Missouri.
In the company ’ s name was changed to Oneida Ltd. to differentiate tableware produced by Oneida from that of lower quality subsidiaries of the company, such as Wm. A. Rogers. The name change signaled a new era at Oneida.
This gave me pause to think about all kinds of numbers, found on flat- and hollowware. Most collectors are familiar with termini technici like scratch weight, British registration mark, etc. An article giving more info about all these numbers seemed like a good idea. Let’s start with the ‘easy ones’. Due to the common and unfortunate practice of splitting up table and flatware services at auction sales or between family members, ‘pairs’ with the numbers 3 and 4 might be offered.
A ‘pair’ with the numbers 1 and 2 might be a true pair or the first ones in a series of a larger number of items. Wine coolers and soup tureens and their liners are often such numbered, with the proper way of assembly after cleaning in mind. Mid Victorian Sauce Tureen lid and body are both marked 4 Fig. It might have been the butler, who in one inattentive moment after cleaning managed to ‘destroy’ right away two pieces of the service.
Numbering was also a common practice for Scottish flatware pieces. Toddy ladles were usually made in sets of half a dozen and are often found with numbers 1- 6 stamped in. London , here numbers do not match Fig. They are a ‘set’ of 6.
It is just a small record of my experiences, hunting, researching and playing with silver and silver plate. One of the most frustrating parts of silver collecting it the lack of research data compiled in one place. I hope to correct this.
Free Silverware Pattern Identification Guide. Home; Identify Pattern. Silverplate Flatware; Sterling Flatware; Stainless Flatware; Manufacturers. Antique Silverplate Flatware. KSullivan says: Hi Nancy, Berkshire is a silver plate pattern introduced in Nancy Hollingsworth says: Want to find the value or if a.
History of Technology Heroes and Villains – A little light reading Here you will find a brief history of technology. Initially inspired by the development of batteries, it covers technology in general and includes some interesting little known, or long forgotten, facts as well as a few myths about the development of technology, the science behind it, the context in which it occurred and the deeds of the many personalities, eccentrics and charlatans involved.
You may find the Search Engine , the Technology Timeline or the Hall of Fame quicker if you are looking for something or somebody in particular. Scroll down and see what treasures you can discover. Background We think of a battery today as a source of portable power, but it is no exaggeration to say that the battery is one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind. Volta’s pile was at first a technical curiosity but this new electrochemical phenomenon very quickly opened the door to new branches of both physics and chemistry and a myriad of discoveries, inventions and applications.
The electronics, computers and communications industries, power engineering and much of the chemical industry of today were founded on discoveries made possible by the battery. Pioneers It is often overlooked that throughout the nineteenth century, most of the electrical experimenters, inventors and engineers who made these advances possible had to make their own batteries before they could start their investigations. They did not have the benefit of cheap, off the shelf, mass produced batteries.
God Save the United States of America. It is also recommended that Recreations unsuitable to the Purpose of such a Solemnity, may be omitted on that Day On July 2 of that year, Congress had returned to Philadelphia, just vacated by the British.
This firm markets International Sterling flatware and silverplated flatware under various trademarks (e.g. Rogers Bros, International Deepsilver,). In the business was purchased by a subsidiary of Syratech Corporation and continues its activity.
The list consists of designers and maker’s marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far. When information is found it will appear with credit given to the person who provided it. Thank you, in advance, for your assistance. US silver companies such as Gorham and Tiffany often used both marks in the late ‘s. Britain never used a standard less than Hence why British silver is sought after pre hundreds. Britain would not accept any standard below as silver.
Most European countries up until s used s.
Sheffield Plate is a cheaper substitute for sterling, produced by fusing sheets of silver to the top and bottom of a sheet of copper or base metal. This ‘silver sandwich’ was then worked into finished pieces. At first it was only put on one side and later was on top and bottom. Modern electroplating was invented by Italian chemist Luigi V.
Brugnatelli used his colleague Alessandro Volta’s invention of five years earlier, the voltaic pile, to facilitate the first electrodeposition. Unfortunately, Brugnatelli’s inventions were repressed by the French Academy of Sciences and did not become used in general industry for the following thirty years.
International Silver – Silverplate flatware and Hollowware for sale online R C Co – Isabella / Grape – Soup Ladle – Silver Plate – 11 1/2″.
Christofle; An Historical Outline by patrick Today, mention of the name Christofle evokes both the elegance of a bygone era and the concept of innovative modern design. The story of this renowned firm dates from when the young Charles Christofle took the reins of his family’s small jewelry workshop in the Marais district of Paris. Plaque, Antoine Tard 19th Cent. Rosine Bouilhet-Christofle, Charles used his keen managerial skills to enlarge the enterprise and win commissions at home in France and from as far afield as Madagascar and South America.
A business visionary, Charles made a brilliant strategic move came in when he negotiated a license giving him the French rights to the electroplating patents of George and Richard Elkington of Birmingham, England. This, along with the patents of the French chemist Count Henri de Ruolz, enabled Christofle, in , to build a technologically advanced manufacturing plant for plated goods. This step firmly embarked Christofle on its legendary course as manufacturing silversmiths. During the early years of the plant’s operation, the unplated metalwork was often made by other firms.
To Christofle, quality was key and he soon began his own manufactory to create his own forms. By the early s, Charles added a line of solid silverware to complement the plated goods. He promoted the firm by exhibiting in international expositions where Christofle consistently won critical praise and medals of honor. Once ensconced as silversmiths to royalty, the aristocracy and bourgeoisie soon fell into line as avid consumers of Christofle tableware.
I ran across one today that was raw cast iron similar to your photo. Hi There Mike, Yes, I think so. Especially if yours looks like my picture with the raw cast iron. I do a lot of out-door camping and other activities with the family. I just got into collecting vantage Cast iron as a hobby.
A good resource for researching antique and discontinued silverplate flatware and serving piece patterns made by manufacturers such as Rogers Bros., Community Plate, Oneida, Wm. Rogers, Wm. A. Rogers, Holmes & Edwards, Rogers along with others.
Is it Silver or is it plated? Even those who carefully examine their items are sometimes fooled by misleading markings that are often on silver plated objects to make them look like silver. In the category of silverware, one common marking you will see is International Silver Co. When they made sterling silver, or Sterling is a legally binding term. If they use the word sterling, it must be Another common marking in silverware is W.
Rogers or Rogers and Son. William Rogers pioneered the silver plating process and made a lot of silverware sets. They did make some in sterling silver, but these all say sterling in addition to the manufaturer name.
The company also markets silver-plated and sterling flatware products, dinnerware, glassware, and various tabletop accessories. With the most recognized brand name in the tabletop industry, Oneida holds leading market positions in both consumer and foodservice flatware along with foodservice dinnerware. Heightened competition and financial troubles brought on by a slowing economy forced the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March
Wilcox Silver Plate Co. , successor to Wilcox Britannia Co., became a subsidiary of International Silver in , primarily produced holloware with a small amount of flatware in the early years, succeeded by Webster-Wilcox.