Sunday, August 10, 2008

Finally.


I've been looking for the perfect silverware for a long time and figured I would just know when I found it. And I have.

This photo does this silverware no justice. I just found it in a luscious photo in the December 2007 Gourmet magazine. Apparently I can only get it HERE at James Robinson. I have no idea what I am going to pay for this. Will probably be buying it a few pieces at a time. In fact, I am confident this is the case since they make you email them for the price list. Whatever.

I will have you, my little pretties.

**UPDATE**
They just emailed prices to me:


Four Piece Dinner Setting- 3 prong $1,405.
Four Piece Dinner Setting- 4 prong $1,410.
Five Piece Dinner Setting- 3 prong $1,770.
Five Piece Dinner Setting - 4 prong $1,775.

Ouch.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very pretty, but I find three-tined forks useless (practically speaking).

birdy said...

That's lovely.

I bought my silver ware at Macy's 10 years ago (when I got married, EEK!), and keep thinking of a reason why I must replace it . . .

Actually, I was just reading one of my porn mags recently (decor porn, obviously), and one of the women profiled talked of how she collected vintage bamboo silverware. I thought, "YES!!! I will approach this switch to new silverware as a COLLECTION!!!! Mr. Birdy will never catch on that I'm merely just spending money for no reason!"

Alas, I think he's too clever for that ploy to work again.

Anonymous said...

"Mr. Birdy"! I think I am starting to fall in love with Mrs. Birdy.

(And that knife.)

Anonymous said...

Please post the price when you get the price list! I gots to know.

Anonymous said...

Do you know the pattern name and the maker? Look on eBay. You'd be surprised how much silverware there is.

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Robert said...

Handsome pattern.

Shop around, though. The "Onslow" pattern as it's more or less universally known has never entirely gone out of style and has enjoyed a few periods of popularity since its introduction in the early 18thC.

The Jas. Robinson pattern sticks closely to the English Hanoverian roots of the pattern -- the three tines of the fork and broadly oval bowl of the spoon.

In the U.S., Wallace and Tuttle both made (still make?) the pattern through much of the 20thC, and I think there were some other American variants. In the U.K., there are a number of makers who produced revivals of the pattern from the 19thC onward, usually with fairly subtle variations.

U.K. antique silver dealers offer the pattern, including whole canteens of it (either original or assembled) and the pattern is still in production.

Elizabeth said...

My sister registered for a pattern that's similar in shape. Three prong and very weighty on the ends. The knife in particular is a real hassle as they continually fall off the plate due to the disproportion of weight. These look like they'd do the same. Be sure to feel them before making a final decision. How do they feel in your hand and how do they balance on a plate? I hate to be so practical, but the last thing you want is people complaining at the dinner table, silverware flying and food whizzing across the table. Without fail, it ends up being the topic of conversation everytime.

alis said...

^^I agree that is so annoying. The dirty knive flying about always gets my clothes, or at least the tablecloth stained.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

I love silver! And think one should love their silver -- whoo hoo.

porter hovey said...

Ohhh! Love it!!

Be the change..... said...

I agree about checking out ebay -can't hurt! This is a really beautiful set, I hope it doesn't break the bank!

jozette said...

I love this. And I want it.

hello gorgeous said...

I found this on Wine Spectator.com:

"A three-piece place setting of James Robinson sterling flatware -- a knife, dinner fork and dessert spoon -- costs between $565 and $700, depending upon the pattern. (You get a 20 percent discount when you buy six place settings, which is reflected in the preceding prices.)"

Although the good news is that it doesn't have to be handwashed because it is handmade, unlike machine made. So you have that. But you will still probably spend a good deal of time polishing (even though daily use will reduce the need for it).

Anonymous said...

Sorry but I think they're hideous. And well over $500 for a place setting is insane. I love my mismatched antique silverware, lovingly collected piece by piece as I stumble across beautiful patterns while browsing antique shops.

Decorno said...

"...lovingly collected piece by piece as I stumble across beautiful patterns while browsing antique shops"

If only I had the time to do that. Maybe with that kind of time I could also work on my "hideous" taste in flatware. :)

Anonymous said...

Decorno, I'm sure with your interest in beautiful things, it wouldn't take a superhuman effort to remember to cast an eye into the locked cases the next time you're in an antique store. I'm sure you'd enjoy looking through the various patterns.

e. love said...

Give me Ikea silverware any day.. That is, until I get married. Then, helllloooo beautiful flatware..


BTW...... Snaps, to YOU, BIRDY. XO

Anonymous said...

Search eBay for "Onslow." There are a number of pieces listed for about $50/each. Most are used (sorry--"estate pieces") and some are monogrammed, but if you check every day, you could probably gradually put together a nice little collection of pieces in good condition and without monograms for much less than the prices you were quoted.

(The difference between 3-prong setting and 4-prong setting = $5.00?!! Why bother with any price difference?)

Anonymous said...

{snicker.} super human effort?

Robert said...

RE: anon. @ 10.21

If you do shop for antique/"estate" pieces, watch for monogram removals which are commonplace especially among some dealers' stock. Mono removals seriously diminish the value. They go unnoticed by unfamiliar buyers, but once spotted, the defect weighs heavily in mind.

A reputable dealer can confirm that there are no mono removals (the monogram is buffed out leaving a shallow depression.)

I prefer period monograms, and am not fussy in pretending that they have anything to do with my initials or my family.

The good news is that this pattern doesn't lend itself to monos, except possibly on the reverse side; so they are less likely to have ever been there, and less prominent if they still are.

Making it Lovely said...

We have a similar but simplified version of that. Maybe you'd like it? It's more affordable at least.

Decorina said...

Very beautiful and very classy flatware. I love it too. Reminds me of the wonderful George Jensen flatware that I fell in love with when I was young, very young - I still love it. From afar. Very afar, as the prices are comparable.

Anonymous said...

Robert is the go-to guy for silver knowledge, definitely.

Natalie Marom said...

You don't want a 3 pronged fork anyway.

Anonymous said...

I happen to prefer 3-pronged forks and I like old fashioned soup spoons that have wide, round bowls.......Each to his own!

Anonymous said...

There's a four-tine-fork option with this pattern.

Anonymous said...

I say get it....piece by piece by piece. After years(yes it does happen to all of us)it adds up to a wonderful set and you will love this kind of bling in your silver years. Ginny

Patricia Gray said...

They are absolutely beautiful. You are worth it!!

Anonymous said...

You may be "worth it," but they are not. That price is ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

It is a beautiful setting, but pricy. Have you looked at Chippendale by Towle (not American Chippendale or Boston Chippendale)? It's equally simple, with a fabulous feel in the hand. And the knives are weighted evenly.

http://www.towlesilver.com/intheknow/patterns.php
Susan

Decorno said...

You know, I just came back around to my old post here and the good news is: I am over these. I feel like I just saved myself thousands of dollars. Sort of.