Vintage silver plated flatware set, service for 12 and serving pieces, in the handsome Morning Star pattern, 1948, Community line, Oneida Silver. The place settings consists of seven pieces, a grille knife, grille fork, salad fork, round bowl soup spoon, individual butter spreader knife, and two standard teaspoons. ONE teaspoon is missing, so a total of 23 teaspoons and not 24. There is also a serving fork, gravy ladle, 2 master butter knives, a sugar spoon, a jelly spoon, and four table serving spoons. Grille knives and forks have the shorter business ends and longer handles that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s, when elongated silhouettes in fashion and furnishings were the preferred look. They started out being offered for luncheon sets, but became universally popular for dinner services as well.
All pieces are stamped 2, or 2nd as shown. Oneida Silver had extremely stringent standards for inspection, and anything that did not have the pattern struck perfectly, or had a tiny scratch on the surface, was stamped 2nd, or 2, and was sold at factory store events that were eagerly awaited by those in the Central New York area, since Oneida 2nds were perfect looking to anyone but inspectors, normally. These were found in the estate of an Oneida worker family member, and I am also listing an extremely hard to find pair of salad servers today in this pattern, and I assure you, it is not possible to tell what caused them to be rejected. Often this was just a small contact scratch, which prevented a piece from being shipped out, but would be acquired on perfect pieces as soon as they started being used, anyway.
The set is in excellent, seldom used condition, and has been freshly hand polished. This is a very heavy item, of course, so please be sure to view the various shipping options in the drop down menu, to locate the lowest one from my zip code to yours.