Reed and Barton (American (Taunton, Massachusetts), founded 1824), circa 1899. Large 101 piece sterling silver flatware service for twelve with additional serving pieces in Art Nouveau "Love Disarmed" pattern with mythological figural scene of Venus (Aphrodite) and Cupid (Eros), said to have been tied to William Shakespeare's love sonnet 154, comprising of fourteen salad forks, twelve luncheon forks, thirteen dinner forks, sixteen tea spoons, twelve large soup spoons, fourteen dinner knives, six ice cream forks, two tomato servers (with pierced basin), a large salad serving fork and a large salad serving spoon, a gravy ladle, a master butter knife with flat handle, three serving spoons (one pierced), a pie pastry serving knife, a meat fork, a sugar spoon, a jelly spoon and a large berry spoon. Each marked with maker's mark for Reed & Barton with "R" within shield flanked by eagle and lion beside "STERLING", some with additional patent marks. Knife blades marked "REED & BARTON MIRRORSTELE STERLING HANDLE". Total approximate weight 222 troy ounces (with half a troy ounce removed for each knife). Salad fork length approximately 6". Note: This pattern was first introduced in 1899 and was discontinued in 1928. It was briefly reintroduced in 1970 and then Reed & Barton ceased production.
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