Fantastic King Francis Silverplate. Attention: Serious Collectors, E. Vent Planners, Restaurants, Caterers, Major Event Venues, Museums, and Event Rental Services for – Weddings, Anniversaries, Awards, Retirement, and such occasions. While researching Reed & Barton, the King Francis design, and all the history involved with the pattern, it became a favorite mine. First, I learned how rare the design actually is, and secondly, I learned that with its age many pieces I found were either heavily worn from usage, damaged, or had been repaired; and lastly that true bargains were even rarer. I felt that a nice collection, of quality pieces, at a fair, reasonable price would be of interest to people. I have been working towards that goal for the last 4-5 years. While every piece in this collection is used and shows the usual, normal signs of usage, to my knowledge none have serious scrapes, loss of plate, or have been repaired. Over the years I have personally polished each piece (several times) so I could see its true, actual condition. There are a few pieces in the collection that are rare and have do have more issues than the rest of the collection and I will clearly point out the issues below. One Chafing dish with lid, stand, burner, and Pyrex inner bowl – Item # 1636. One Casserole Dish, footed, with lid and inner ceramic bowl – Item # 1667. One Large Serving Bowl, footed, with Pyrex inner bowl and Pyrex lid – Item # 1637. Three Serving Bowls – Item #’s 1671, 1679, 1691. Four Serving Serving Trays/Platters – Item #’s 1670, 1672, 1678, 1696. Three Water Goblets, 6.25 – Item # 1659. Two Support Items including 1 Wine Coaster and Cork liner and 1 Trivet – Item #’s 1695, 1644. Two Large Serving Spoons – (not numbered but are King Francis Design). Five Serving Tablespoons – (not numbered but are King Francis Design). One jar of my favorite silver polish and a polishing cloth. The other thing I have also learned the hard way is that the lids to casseroles, chafing dishes and serving dishes are very rare. They apparently are easy to loose over time. I have only two true King Francis lids, which are part of this collection. It is an easy mistake – I have done it. Be sure to check that the lids in your comparisons are authentic, since the original King James lids are unique and are not hallmarked. I have not been able to discover why they changed the style of the vertical finial (while keeping the design below the finial the same) but the lids in this collection are the correct, authentic items. Please note that other sellers who make a mistake with the lids are doing so by accident. This collection includes a total of 22 seperate pieces – this means, for example, I did not count the lid and base or the Pyrex bowl of a piece as separate items – the number 22 indicates full, complete pieces. Two issues to be aware of. The rare Chafing Dish has a tiny hairline crack about two inches long, opposite the handle on the edge, it will not impact use and does not distract from the piece – if desired I will be happy to send additional photos – it’s price is reduced accordingly. Each of the Water Goblets has an almost identical small dimple dent on them – my guess is that they were carelessly piled in a box on top of each other – see photos. The photo provided has the dimple turned to the front of each goblet but is difficult to see – if desired I will be happy to send additional photos – their price is reduced accordingly. Add up the individual prices you find and compare! If you are already lucky enough to own a King Francis Tea Service then you know the beauty of the pattern. This collection would make a great addition to your service and would give you the ability to serve a beautiful special event luncheon, dinner, or reception. It would also add significant value to your King Francis collection. I will, of course be willing to drive a reasonable distance to either deliver the collection or meet you to transfer them into your vehicle. Multiple images of each piece or all the hallmarks. Not every single one of the 26 pieces is shown individually and all the King Francis hallmarks could not be shown. Only one Hallmark is pictured, but I assure you each piece has a similar Hallmark and style number. The sunlight changed during the photo session so the lighting changed some during the period as you may notice. So, ple ase study the photos carefully, these specific pieces are what you are purchasing. Thank you for looking! If interested, the following is a brief history of the Reed & Barton Silver Company. In the early 1800’s Henry G. Reed and Charles E. Barton, friends and fellow craftsmen, cam to work at the firm of Babbit & Crossman. They renamed the firm Reed & Barton and continued to grow the firm. Its products included sterling silver and silverplate holloware and flatware as well as other similar items. The new company was successful and grew rapidly as did it reputation for quality. Reed & Barton maintained its headquarters in Taunton, MA which is known as “Silver City” because of the high number of silver companies which were based there. The company produced many varieties of Britannia and silver products through the rest of the 19th and throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st Century! During he American Civil War, Reed and Barton produced a considerable quanity of weapons for the Union Army. After Barton died of a heart attack in 18678 Reed carried on, but as a tribute to his longtime friend he decided to retain Barton in the company’s name. Ownership of the firm would be passed down through the Reed family for multiple generations. In 1928, Reed & Barton merged with the silversmith frim of Dominick & Haff and continued to hold its place as one of the premier silver product manufacturers in the world. During the rest of the 20th Century the company bought others and was itself bought several times. However, the name Reed & Barton continued to be used and known as the maker of high-end silver products. In recognition of this, Reed & Barton was chosen to design the produce the official gold, silver, and bronze medals for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta of which there are samples on display at the Old Colony History museum in Taunton. The company’s products are at the White House in Washington, D. The company continued to operate a factory store at the plant site and an online store as well. Reed & Barton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February of 2015, citing ongoing pension liabilities and decreasing revenue. The Lenox Company continues to sell products under the name of Reed & Barton. The item “REED & BARTON Silverplate KING FRANCIS 22 Serving Pieces CHECK EACH PIECE OUT” is in sale since Thursday, October 8, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Platters & Trays”. The seller is “things-past” and is located in Johnson City, Tennessee. 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