When you dine at a table gleaming with silver, you are in fact experiencing an historic event.
Silver and crystal have added splendour to the world’s great occasions for more than three centuries.
Nothing else can set the scene for a banquet or an intimate dinner with such aplomb—which is why no head butler or maitre’d in charge of any fine dining, from a palace to a gourmet restaurant, would dream of setting the tables with anything but silver.
Not only is it elegant, but it can last for several lifetimes; equally importantly, it never becomes dated.
Flatware, as opposed to hollow-ware, was the name given to spoons and forks bought from the silversmith (they are different from cutlery, which were knives from a cutler).
Silver flatware first appeared in the late-17th century. By the 18th century the individual patterns had become defined, and they have remained almost unchanged ever since.
The French cannot be matched for decoration and La Regence exemplifies the flamboyant design that was typical of such frivolities during the French Empire under Napoleon II, in which it has its origins and presumably inspired its name.
The pattern was introduced into England in 1860, when it became hugely popular, as it has remained to this day, with not a swirl nor a motif altered.
Our silver flatware is all English, of highest quality, in either solid silver, hallmarked in England, or English plated silver (35 microns).
Seven six-place settings (42 pieces). For different quantities, please ask.
Also available in silver plate under code: CP15BS10
RRP £4,165 delivery excluded. CCUK £2,989 including delivery.