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WMF An Art Nouveau Silver Plated 123 Piece Cutlery Service for 12 places
By WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik
Located in London, GB
WMF An Art Nouveau silver plated 123 piece cutlery service for 12 in the original cabinet with silver plated stylized mounts. Consisting of: 12 large knives and 12 large forks. 12 s...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Tableware

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Silver Plate

Rhapsody by International Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 51 Pieces
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Rhapsody by International sterling silver Flatware set - 51 pieces. This set includes: Measure: 12 knives, 9 1/4 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 1/2" 12 teaspoons, 5 7/8" One gra...
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Vintage 1950s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Valenciennes by Manchester Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 84 Pieces
By Manchester Silver Co. & S. S.
Located in Big Bend, WI
Valenciennes by Manchester sterling silver Flatware set with unique pierced handle with floral motif - 84 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, french blade, 8 3/4" 12 forks, 7" 12 ...
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20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Starfire by Lunt Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 78 Pieces
By Lunt Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Stunning starfire by Lunt Silver flatware set, 78 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/8" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 5/8" 12 teaspoons, 6" 12 place soup spoons, 6 5/8" ...
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Mid-20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Marie Louise by Blackinton Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 63 pieces
By W&S Blackinton Co. 1
Located in Big Bend, WI
Marie Louise by Blackinton sterling silver flatware set, 63 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 3/4" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 1/4" 12 teaspoons, 6" 12 place soup spoon...
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Vintage 1930s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Edgemont Gold by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Set For 12 Service 54 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Edgemont gold by Gorham sterling silver flatware set - 54 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/4" 12 forks, 7 3/4" 12 salad forks, 6 1/2" 12 teaspoons, 5 7/8" One serving spoon...
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Late 20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Tiber by Buccellati Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 132 Pcs Dinner
By Mario Buccellati
Located in Big Bend, WI
Monumental scarce dinner size "Tiber" by Buccellati sterling silver flatware set - 132 Pieces. This set includes: 12 dinner size knives, 9 3/4" 12 dinner forks, 8" 12 salad forks, 7...
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Late 20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Burgundy by Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 48 Pieces
By Reed & Barton
Located in Big Bend, WI
Beautiful burgundy by Reed & Barton silver flatware set, 48 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/4" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 1/2" 12 teaspoons, 6". Storage chest is ...
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Vintage 1940s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Louis XIV by Towle Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 91 Pieces
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Big Bend, WI
Louis XIV by Towle sterling silver flatware set, 91 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/4", 12 forks, 7 1/4", 12 salad forks, 6 1/4", 12 teaspoons, 5 7/8", 12 flat handle...
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Vintage 1920s American Louis XIV Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vendome by Peter Hertz Danish Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 73 Pcs
By Peter Hertz
Located in Big Bend, WI
Unique Vendome by Peter Hertz Danish Scandinavian moderne sterling silver dinner flatware set of 73 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 1/2" 12 dinner forks, 7 1/2" 12 salad for...
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Early 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Malvern by Lunt Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 48 Pieces
By Lunt Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Malvern by Lunt sterling silver flatware set - 48 pieces. This set includes: 12 Knives, 9" 12 Forks, 7 1/4" 12 Salad forks, 6 3/4" 12 Teaspoons, 6" Storage chest is not included. ...
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Vintage 1970s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Rapallo by Lunt Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 64 Pieces Vintage
By Lunt Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Heirloom quality Rapallo by Lunt sterling silver flatware set of 64 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9" 12 forks, 7 3/8" 12 salad forks, 6 5/8" 12 teaspoons, 6" 12 place soup s...
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Vintage 1960s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Winslow by Kirk Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 64 Pieces
By Kirk Silver Company
Located in Big Bend, WI
Lovely winslow by Kirk Sterling silver flatware set - 64 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad 6 1/8" 12 teaspoons, 5 7/8" 12 cream soup spoons, 6" One ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Silver Plumes by Towle Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service, 48 Pieces
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Big Bend, WI
Silver plumes by Towle sterling silver flatware set, 48 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 3/4" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 3/4" 12 teaspoons, 6 1/8" Storage chest is ...
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Mid-20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Burgundy by Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 54 Pcs
By Reed & Barton
Located in Big Bend, WI
Burgundy by Reed & Barton sterling silver flatware set - 54 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 1/2" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 3/4" 12 teaspoons, 6" One serving spoon, ...
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Vintage 1940s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Hannah Hull by Tuttle Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 76 Pieces
By Tuttle Silver Company
Located in Big Bend, WI
Desirable Hannah Hull by Tuttle sterling silver flatware set, 76 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 3/4" 12 forks, 7" 12 salad forks, 6 1/4" 12 teaspoons, 5 3/4" 12 cream soup ...
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Late 20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Wild Rose by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 48 pcs
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Grand Colonial by Wallace sterling silver Flatware set, 48 pieces. This set includes: 12 Knives, 8 3/4" 12 Forks, 7 1/4" 12 Salad Forks, 6" 12 Teaspoons, 5 7/8" Storage chest is ...
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Vintage 1940s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Winslow by Kirk Stieff Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 60 Pieces
By Kirk Silver Company
Located in Big Bend, WI
Winslow by Kirk-Stieff sterling silver flatware set, 60 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/4" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 1/8" 12 teaspoons, 5 7/8" 12 place soup spoon...
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Antique Late 19th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Buttercup by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 84 Pcs Dinner
Located in Big Bend, WI
Superb dinner size buttercup by Gorham sterling silver flatware set, 84 pieces. This set includes: 12 dinner size knives, 9 3/4" 12 dinner size forks, 7 1/2" 12 salad forks, 6 1/4" ...
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Antique 1890s Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Tjorn by Dansk Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Dinner Service 49 Pcs Modern
By Dansk
Located in Big Bend, WI
Fabulous Scandinavian Modern Tjorn by Dansk sterling silver Flatware set, 49 pieces. This set has solid handle knives with innovative stainless blades that are nearly seamless where ...
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Mid-20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Hannah Hull by Tuttle Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 92 Pcs Dinner
By Tuttle Silver Company
Located in Big Bend, WI
Dinner size Hannah Hull by Tuttle sterling silver flatware set, 92 pieces. All pieces are stamped with a date mark from Eisenhower's first term, for the years 1953-1956. This set inc...
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Late 20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Regency Shell Gold by Lunt Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service 48 Pieces
By Lunt Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Regency shell gold by Lunt sterling Silver flatware set with gold accent, 48 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/8" 12 forks, 7 1/2" 12 salad forks, 6 1/2" 12 teaspoons, 6 1/...
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Vintage 1980s Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Francis I Flatware, Service for 12
By Reed and Barton
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The famous Francis I by Reed and Barton! This pattern is considered one of the finest sterling patterns of all times. The beauty and quality is legendary. The cluster of fruit in the...
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Antique Early 1900s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

King Edward Flatware, Service for 12
Located in Brooklyn, NY
First introduced in 1936, King Edward by Gorham has been very popular since. Old world daintiness and charm are yours for the taking in this lovely flatware set.  
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Vintage 1930s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Flatware, Service for 12/5 Piece Settings
By National Silver Company 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are proudly offer a set of sterling silver flatware. This is a service for twelve and includes a dinner fork and knife, salad fork, soup and dessert spoons, a total of sixty piece...
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Vintage 1940s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Flatware, Service for 12/5 Piece Setting
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous set of sterling silver flatware by Towle Silversmiths is up for sale. The design has a Gothic look and with a curved bottom and pierced work at the tip. Notice the deta...
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2010s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Midcentury Purple Porcelain Service for 12 People, Poland
Located in Chorzów, PL
Porcelain service for 12 people, Poland. Very good condition.   
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Vintage 1960s Polish Mid-Century Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

103-Piece Meissen Porcelain Dinner Service for 12
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A complete delicately painted Meissen porcelain dinner service for 12 people in the famous Sheaf pattern. comprising 103 incredible pieces: 12 dinner plates, 12 soup bowls, 12 lunch ...
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20th Century German Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Extensive English Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12
Located in Buchanan, MI
An extensive English sterling silver flatware service for 12. Comprising of 12 dinner forks, 12 salad forks, 12 teaspoons, 12 table spoons, 11 ice cream forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 b...
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20th Century English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Rörstrand Coffee Service for 12 People, circa 1950
Located in Opole, PL
We present you this porcelain coffee service for 12 people, signed with a signature of the Swedish porcelain manufactory, Rörstrand. The type of the signature indicates that the ser...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Serving Pieces

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Porcelain

Georgian Sterling Flatware / Service for 12 '60 Pieces'
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Georgian sterling silver flatware is one of those Classic patterns that never goes out of style. The floral bouquets on the tip of the handles and the intricate details in each piece...
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Vintage 1940s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Lenox Eternal 62 Piece China Set Service for 12
Located in Tarrytown, NY
Lenox Eternal China set, service for 12, plus gravy boat and vegetable dish. From a Southampton, NY estate.
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1990s Tableware

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Porcelain

Antique Russian 1850s Silver Dessert Service for 12 Settings
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver dessert service for 12 persons; an addition to our dining silverware collection Each piece of this impressive Russian de...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Russian More Dining and Entertaining

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Silver

Haviland Limoges Gilt Porcelain Coffee / Tea Service for 12
Located in Hudson, NY
Late 20th century Haviland, Limoges France gilt porcelain tea / coffee service for twelve people. Each piece is great condition. Marks (Tower) Haviland Limoges, France undersigned. A...
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Late 20th Century French Tea Sets

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Gold

Valencia by International Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Valencia by International sterling silver flatware set of 71 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9". 12 forks, 7 1/2". 12 salad forks, 6 7/8". 12 teaspoons, 6 3/8". 12 place soup ...
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Vintage 1960s American Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Grand Duchess Sterling Flatware; Service for 12 /60 Pieces
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This sterling silver dinner size set of Grand Duchess by Towle Silversmiths is a Classic and will never go out of style. Included are 12 settings, 5 pieces each: dinner fork and knif...
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Vintage 1970s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

English Sheffield Fish Service for 12 in Original Mahogany Box
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Elegant English Sheffield plate fish service for 12. The set in excellent condition with original storage box with silk satin lining. The set with delicate engraved design on the kni...
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Antique 1870s English Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal. Pink "Lotus" Porcelain Coffee Service for 12 P
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal. Pink "Lotus" porcelain coffee service for twelve persons. 1980's. Consisting of 12 coffee cups with saucers, 12 plates, sugar / cream set and coffee po...
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Vintage 1980s German Modern Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Gray Magnolia, Complete Coffee Service for 12 People
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Copenhagen Gray Magnolia. Complete coffee service for 12 people in porcelain, late 20th century. Consisting of 12 coffee cups with saucers, 12 plates and coffee pot. The coff...
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Late 20th Century Danish Porcelain

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Porcelain

Art Deco Silver Fish Service for 12, Germany, circa 1920
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Antique silver Art Deco fish service for 12, Germany, circa 1920. The service comprising 12 fish knives and 12 fish forks all of a plain tapering art deco simple ridge design. Length...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Tableware

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Silver

Complete Danish Silver Dinner Service for 12 People, Johannes Siggaard
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Complete Danish silver dinner service for 12 people. Classic design. Guardein Johannes Siggaard, 1930s-1940s. A total of 36 pieces. Knife measures: 18.7 cm. Perfect condition. ...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Deco Tableware

Etruscan by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service for 12 Service 79 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Etruscan by Gorham sterling silver flatware set - 79 pieces. This set includes: Six knives, new French blade, 8 1/2" six knives, old French blade, 8 3/4" 12 forks, 7" 12 salad f...
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20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Minton for Tiffany Complete Dinner Service for 12 Caramel, White & Raised Gold
By Minton
Located in Great Barrington, MA
As we approach the holiday season, this complete Minton for Tiffany dinner service for 12 will work with many decorating themes to dress up any event. The warm butterscotch border fr...
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Mid-20th Century English Neoclassical Porcelain

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Porcelain

Wonderful Service for 12 Pierced Hand Painted Porcelain Dresden Dessert Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful service for 12 pierced hand painted porcelain Dresden dessert plates.
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Early 20th Century German Belle Époque Platters and Serveware

Materials

Porcelain

Wedgwood, England, Coffee Service for 12 People in Hand Painted Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wedgwood, England. Coffee service for 12 people in hand painted porcelain with flower decoration and birds, circa 1930. The coffee cup measures: 6 x 6 cm. Saucer diameter: 12.2 cm....
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Vintage 1930s English Porcelain

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Porcelain

Large and Complete Danish Silver '.830' Dinner Service for 12 Persons
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Large and complete Danish silver (.830) dinner service for 12 persons. Stamped: CFH: Christian Fr. Heise, 1910s-1920 s. In very good condition. Knife measures: 25 cm. Serving spoo...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Deco Tableware

Baccarat Condé Pattern Cobalt Cut to Clear Stemware Service for 12
By Baccarat
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This is an incredible Baccarat cobalt cut to clear complete service for 12. All handblown crystal overlaid in cobalt blue and cut in the most complex and masterful Conde pattern, fir...
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Early 20th Century French Glass

Medallion by H&S Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 104 Pieces
By Joel Hotchkiss, Schreuder Workshop
Located in Big Bend, WI
Medallion by Hotchkiss & Schreuder Exceptionally rare Medallion by Hotchkiss & Schreuder circa 1865 sterling silver flatware set - 104 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, mother ...
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20th Century Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Rhapsody by International Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 - 80 pieces
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
A pleasing harmony of traditional design and fresh modern styling is reflected in Rhapsody. Sweeping asymmetrical curves, deeply sculpted, play upon each piece. This simple yet elega...
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Vintage 1950s American Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Richelieu, International Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 135 Pieces
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Monumental Richelieu by International sterling silver flatware set - 135 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 8 3/4", 12 forks, 7 1/4", 12 salad forks, 6 1/2", 12 teaspoons, 6"...
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20th Century Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Gorham Sterling Silver Service for 12 Style Strasbourg 72 Pieces in Total
By Gorham
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent Gorham sterling silver flatware set, service for 12 plus additional teaspoons and serving knife to bring total piece count to 72. The style is the coveted Strasbourg. Thi...
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Vintage 1940s American Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Gorham Sterling Silver Service for 12 Style Strasbourg 72 Pieces in Total
By Gorham
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent Gorham sterling silver flatware set, service for 12 plus additional teaspoons and serving knife to bring total piece count to 72. The style is the coveted Strasbourg. Thi...
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Vintage 1940s American Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Rosenthal by Artist Raymond Loewy “Plaza” Service for 12 China Dinner Set
By Raymond Loewy, Rosenthal
Located in Palm Springs, CA
This Rosenthal set of China service for 12 was designed by the iconic midcentury designer Raymond Lowey. To get I highly desirable and highly collectible set in this condition is ext...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Other

Thomas Bavaria Art Deco Porcelain Service for 12 People, Circa 1908-1922
Located in Opole, PL
Presented china is smooth, in the shade of ecru, with gilded edges and handles. The surface is decorated with an imprint with a pattern of stylized flowers. This service has a green...
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Early 20th Century German Art Deco Tableware

Materials

Porcelain

24 Pc Barovier Hand Blown Venetian "French Blue" Stemware Service for 12
By Ercole Barovier
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This beautiful handblown Venetian stemware service for 12 in "French Blue" and gold was made by Barovier. The quilted optic bowl and foot, add an extra element of design with connect...
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Vintage 1920s Italian Other Glass

Materials

Glass

Cambridge by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 310 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Incredible monumental Dinner and Luncheon Cambridge by Gorham sterling silver Flatware set - 310 pieces, including many unusual serving pieces. This pattern was introduced in the yea...
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Early 20th Century Tableware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Continental by International Sterling Silver Flatware Service for 12 Set 77 Pcs
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Continental is the perfect pattern choice for those who are looking for a highly polished, clean, contemporary look. Continental by International sterling silver flatware set, 77 pi...
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20th Century Sterling Silver

Materials

Sterling Silver

Modernist Silver Plated Six Piece Dinner Service for 12 Signed Jean Puiforcat
By Jean Puiforcat
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1934 by Jean Puirocat for the Ocean liner Normandie that brought passengers from New York to Le Havre, this elegant flatware graced the dinner table for its first-class p...
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20th Century French Art Deco Sheffield and Silverplate

Materials

Silver Plate

Steuben Art Deco Topaz Handblown Crystal, 72-Piece Table Service for 12
By Frederick Carder Steuben
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This is an amazingly complete and perfect service for 12 made by Steuben. The hand blown topaz crystal is solid in the hand, all with polished pontils and projects the clean lines of...
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Vintage 1910s American Art Deco Tableware

Materials

Crystal

19th Century Derby Porcelain Regency Imari Style Tea Service for 12
By Derby
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Regency-style Derby Imari partial tea service comprising 12 teacups and saucers and one dish. Imari ware originates in late 17th-century Japan, when craftsmen around Arita creat...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Porcelain

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Porcelain

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Service For 12 For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic service for 12 available at 1stDibs. Each service for 12 for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, silver and sterling silver. Find 854 options for an antique or vintage service for 12 now, or shop our selection of 4 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Your living room may not be complete without a service for 12 — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A service for 12 made by Scandinavian Modern designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. Towle Silversmiths, Gorham Manufacturing Company and Wallace Silversmiths each produced at least one beautiful service for 12 that is worth considering.

How Much is a Service For 12?

Prices for a service for 12 can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $195 and can go as high as $45,000, while the average can fetch as much as $4,250.

Finding the Right Tableware for You

While it isn’t always top of mind for some, antique and vintage tableware can enhance even the most informal meal. It has been an intimate part of how we’ve interacted with our food for millennia.

Tableware has played a basic but important role in everyday life. Ancient Egyptians used spoons (which are classified as flatware) made of ivory and wood, while Greeks and Romans, who gathered for banquets involving big meals and entertainment, ate with forks and knives. At the beginning of the 17th century, however, forks were still uncommon in American homes. Over time, tableware has thankfully evolved and today includes increasingly valuable implements.

Tableware refers to the tools people use to set the table, including serving pieces, dinner plates and more. It encompasses everything from the intricate and elaborate to the austere and functional, yet are all what industrial product designer Jasper Morrison might call “Super Normal” — anonymous objects that are too useful to be considered banal.

There are four general categories of tableware — serveware, dinnerware, drinkware and, lastly, flatware, which is commonly referred to as silverware or cutlery. Serveware includes serving bowls, platters, gravy boats, casserole pans and ladles. Most tableware is practical, but it can also be decorative. And decorative objects count as tableware too. Even though they don’t fit squarely into one of the four categories, vases, statues and floral arrangements are traditional centerpieces.

Drinkware appropriately refers to the vessels we use for our beverages — mugs, cups and glasses. There is a good deal of variety that falls under this broad term. For example, your cheerful home bar or mid-century modern bar cart might be outfitted with a full range of vintage barware, which might include pilsner glasses and tumblers. Specialty cocktails are often served in these custom glasses, but they’re still a type of drinkware.

Every meal should be special — even if you’re using earthenware or stoneware for a casual lunch — but perhaps you’re hosting a dinner party to mark a specific event. The right high-quality tableware can bring a touch of luxury to your cuisine. Young couples, for example, traditionally add “fine china,” or porcelain, to their wedding registry as a commemoration of their union and likely wouldn’t turn down exquisite silver made by Tiffany & Co. or Georg Jensen.

It’s important to remember, however, that when you’re setting the dining room table to have fun with it. Just as you might mix and match your dining chairs, don’t be afraid to mix new and old or high and low with your tableware. On 1stDibs, find an extraordinary range of vintage and antique tableware to help elevate your meal as well as the mood and atmosphere of your entire dining room.