In some prior posts I have written about aesthetic flatware patterns and have attempted to identify a good amount of them. Although I have written individual posts about some of the earlier flatware designs, I did not attempt to broadly identify them. Following is information regarding silver plated patterns from the mid 1840s to about 1875. The pattern name (if known), manufacturer(s), date and patent information (if any) is included in the detail that follows the images.
A number of these patterns originated in England. I have included some information regarding these English patterns as well, prefixing the entry with a (B) for British.
Pattern names varied by manufacturer and country. A “Fiddle” pattern in England is not the same as an American “Fiddle”. Even within the same country different patterns were named the same. For example, look at numbers 2 and 5 below. Both British patterns, both named “Fiddle” but different. It gets confusing. Now I know why I didn’t attempt to write this blog a long time ago.
I’ve included two English ads at the end of this post which show how they suggested pairing “Fiddle” and “Old English” patterns, which appeals to me. Pairing of many of these early classic patterns seems to work well.
I have been unable to find a patent for the “Olive” pattern as well as others during this time period.
Of note, the “Medallion” pattern was patented by Luther Boardman and his son. This was the only design that I could find patented by this company.
In my opinion, Joseph Fradley’s “Lily” and “Bouquet” patterns brought silverplate flatware patterns to a new level, ushering in the aesthetic patterns that followed.
If anyone has information they could offer on any of these patterns, I’d be happy to hear from you.