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Book Review of
Sterling Silver Flatware

By Richard Osterberg

A complete look at sterling flatware is given in this revised and expanded third edition. As you set your elegant table with a beautiful linen table cloth along with fine china and elegant crystal, having a sterling silver flatware will set off your place settings. You can learn about the numerous styles of utensils from a great many companies. This book provides the essential information in determining whether you have a common shape or one that is obscure.

The book is divided into three chapters. Place Pieces illustrates the different types of forks; knives; spoons; children’s items and unusual pieces. Place Settings shows 19 different patterns which include: Bridal Rose; Buttercup; Corsage; Crown Baroque; Dauphin; Francis I; Grand Colonial; Hepplewhite; King Edward; King Richard; La Scalla; Lancaster; Louis XV; Marlborough; Old Sovereign; Prelude; Priscilla; Repousse and Strasbourg. The final chapter of Serving Pieces describes all the different accessory items such as specialty forks, knives and spoons. Also included are nut crackers; ladles; lifters; tongs; servers, scoops; nut picks and tea items. A bibliography provides additional resources in finding more information on your particular pattern. Handy charts are provided that can be reproduced for keeping track of your own pattern. A general price guide is given for each particular shape of utensil. There are two indexs in the back. One is alphabetical for pieces and the other one is by pattern name.

The 8 ½” x 11” hardback book has a dust jacket. There are over 230 black and white photos on 208 pages. The book retails for $39.99. While the book does contain lots of information it doesn’t say why the particular listed patterns are included in the book. There appears to be some gorgeous place settings but unfortunately there are no color photos to show them off. A suggestion would be to update all the photos.

Sterling Silver Flatware




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