Reed & Barton's popular 'Silver Wheat' sterling silver flatware was marketed for more than 50 years from 1952 - 2005. 'Silver Wheat' was designed by William L. Lafferty at Reed & Barton and remains a popular and collectable pattern today.
This lot of 8 6 - 1 / 4" teaspoons has a unique history in that one was given each Christmas from 1953 - 1960 to a man whose initials were J.A. The date of the gift is engraved on the back of each spoon, not visible to the diner. This sequence of dates could make interesting holiday table conversation as each guest checks to see where they fall in the sequence and speculates about the lives involved.
The spoons are in fine estate condition, hand cleaned and ready for use. They can be professionally polished at your jeweler if desired. They are priced affordably (replacement sites are asking $350 for this group) and given the silver market over the past few years should be a wise investment in years to come. Total silver weight at .925 purity is 268.5 grams, or 8.63 oz. troy (at 31.103 grams / troy oz.)
If you have inherited some 'Silver Wheat,' do not hesitate to add to your set. If you have been thinking about starting to collect a contemporary looking set of sterling silver, 'Silver Wheat' will never go out of style in a country like the United States which bases so much of its wealth on agriculture. Proceed with confidence.
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