Welcome to Antiques & Moore! This listing is for a lovely Estate Reed & Barton “Francis I” Sterling Silver large cold meat fork. The “Francis I” pattern designed by Ernest Meyer for Reed & Barton in 1906. “Francis I” is one of the most desirable silver flatware patterns ever produced with its elaborate Acanthus & Fruit design on the handle. Measures 9 1/4″ long and 2″ wide. Ernest Meyer was a brilliant French designer and created the “Francis First” pattern with the goal of rivaling the beauty and opulence of silver created by the great Italian Renaissance silversmiths for the French Court of Francis I. The pattern consists of fifteen different designs and the creative process took three years to complete. Francis I was introduced in 1906 and was an immediate success with Royalty from all over the world purchasing this silver. The continuing popularity of Francis I Sterling Silver led to a demand for matching service pieces and Reed & Barton over the years have created over 100 matching hollowware pieces and the addition of a silver plate line marketed as King Francis. We at Antiques & Moore have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! The item “REED & BARTON STERLING SILVER FRANCIS I LARGE COLD MEAT FORK, OLD MARK” is in sale since Wednesday, December 2, 2009. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Flatware & Silverware”. The seller is “antiquesandmooresales” and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.