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Silver cutlery has been around for hundreds of years and still proves popular today. Back in the day, it was used primarily because bacteria don’t do too well on silver. Here in the present day, we’ve developed other ways of making sure your cutlery won’t kill you while you eat your evening meal but people still buy silver cutlery due to its sophisticated and superior look when compared to other metals. Here at Edinburgh Silver, we thought we’d give you all a little insight into what the designs on each set mean and where they come from etc.

La Regence
This cutlery design has been around since the 19th century, around the time that Napoleon II was roaming about before he caught a bit of the ol’ Tuberculosis. The flowing leaves, shell and scroll edging, along with the flares on the handles of the fork and spoon are very typical of the time period and I think this makes the set look very authentic.
Designed by the brother John and Henry Lias, this set features a gorgeous honeysuckle flower and shell design, and was designed at the same time as another cutlery set called Queen. I think this set looks beautiful and has a level of class to it that other cutlery doesn’t.
This design first popped up in London during the early Victorian era and is a design from Paul Storr, who often designed silver for royalty. The level of detail on the handles shows a progression in taste and style from designs such as Kings, making it more stunning to look at.
Originating from Sheffield in the late Victorian era, this set features a fluting design. The handle is capped by a simple yet stylish finial, providing the finishing touch to what I believe is an elegant cutlery set.
This design also came out of Sheffield and was designed by W. Pulling and W. Turner of Sheffield in 1925. The handle features a single line border and scroll at the tip of the handle, and this makes gives the set a perfect balance of beauty and simplicity.
This pattern was created by renowned female silversmith Hester Bateman, who got into silver after her husband died (cause of death was also Tuberculosis which seems to be a bit of a running theme here). Inspired by a string of pearls, this Neo Classical design is from the mid 18th century but I think it looks like a timeless classic and would be perfect to show off at dinner parties or when having guests round.
English Reed & Ribbon
Featuring a double reed border with ribbon crisscrossing between the two this design is both classy and charming. A bow can be found on the tip of the handle and it complements the other ribbons found up and down the handle.
Hailing from Sheffield in thee 1930’s, the Lotus pattern is a favourite of mine because of its sleek design. Influenced by Art Nouveau, the handle features a stylised Lotus flower that forms a point at the tip, which is unusual and rare for cutlery from this time period. The set is stunning to look at and one that I would definitely recommend.
Old English
Dating back to the reign of King George III (who died of a lot of things, none of which were tuberculosis), the Old English design remains very popular to this day. The reason for this set’s popularity is, I think, due to its simplistic pip and graceful curves making it desirable for those looking for a subtle design.
Originating in the early 1600’s, this is the oldest of the English cutlery styles. It has stood the test of time and is still successful some 400 years later. The front handle features a rib and on the reverse of both the spoon and fork there is a distinctive tail. Like the Old English design, the popularity of this set lies in its simplicity and ability to stand out among more modern designs.
Inspired by the art deco movement, the Grecian design is a new spin on a classic. It avoids looking complicated with its bevelled and angled edges but retains a level of sophistication. Perfect to use when treating family and friends to dinner, Grecian is one of the most popular sets around at the moment.
This design is exactly what it says on the tin, and that is by no means an insult to the beauty of the cutlery itself. A modern take on a previous design, Simplicity adds subtle changes here and there to make the cutlery just look more appealing. The knife features a Cannon handle and an eye-catching finial and is a stand-out piece from this set. Less truly is more when it comes to Simplicity.
We hope this blog today has been an interesting and informative read.
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