Pattern: Columbia
Period: American Victorian Era
Hallmark: 1847 Rogers. (manufactured by Meriden Britannia Company, which became part of International Silver)

This exquisitely ornate, remarkably beautiful set contains a total of 95 pieces, providing an ample supply of place settings and serving pieces. Entertain 4 to 6 couples, 8 to 12 people, and have additional place settings in reserve, to graciously accomodate last minute, unexpected additions to your guest list.

15 Hollow Handle Knives 9 5/8"
( French Blade style
14 Hollow Handle Dinner Forks (8")
13 Flat Handle Forks (7"Salad/Dessert)
15 Teaspoons
6 ea Tablespooons (Serving)
8 ea 7 1/4" Oval Soup/Dessert Spoons
10 gold wash Demitasse spoons
1 ea Ornate Berry/Serving Spoon 8 7/8"
1ea 7 3/4" Ornate Serving Fork
1 Columbia Sugar Spoon
1ea Master Butter Knife
8 individual Butter Knives
1ea 10 1/2" Soup Ladle
1ea Gravy Ladle
Price: $1850. Item#012504Columbia
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Condition: This is an very beautiful antique set which shows the patina of 112 years of gentle use. There are no monograms. The Silver is softly lustrous. The pattern is crisp and clear. The majority of this set is from an estate on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Any pieces which were missing have since been replaced. Every piece has been hand polished. Overall condition? Drop dead gorgeous.

Care: Treat this set as you would a favored piece of fine jewelry.
It is beautiful, well made, and intended to be used and greatly enjoyed.

A Vintage Silver Chest Is Included:
The vintage silver chest which houses this set is constructed of hardwood with a cherry finish. At the base, the chest measures 19" by 14" and it is 7" high. Manufactured for International Silver, the spacious chest is designed to hold a service for 24; 12 knives in the lid and another 12 knives in the pull-out drawer. There are 10 slots in the top for neatly stacked flatware (forks, spoons etc). The spacious drawer offers additional space for serving pieces and is equipped with flap style fabric overlays to cover silver contents. Pull out drawer knobs and side handles are brass. The tarnish resistent fabric interior of the chest is brown. Weight of the chest is14 pounds.


Highly Desirable:
Fine, heavily silverplated patterns such as Columbia, from the period between 1890 and 1910 are considered extremely desirable by collectors. This pattern is rated "Highly Desirable" in antique and antique silver publications, prized not only for its remarkable, and exquisitely ornate Victorian beauty, but also because of its unique historical significance.

A Lavish Introduction: The exquisite Columbia pattern, created in 1892, was manufactured for only about 20 years.

The Columbia pattern was specifically designed to be featured at the 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, Illinois.

The theme of the Columbian Exposition was designed to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbusís discovery of the Western Hemisphere and celebrate his landing in America. Officially dedicated on October 12, 1892, the Exposition of 1893 ran from May through October, 1893 and was attended by over 27 million people, almost half of the total number of people then living in the United States.

Chicago's Jackson Park, then little more than a swamp, was transformed into a fabulous White City of classic buildings, statues and fountains.

About the Design: The design has been rather aptly described as "exuberant Art Nouveau with roccoco flourishes and shells, fish-like scales and swoops". The pattern does not however, as occasionally (and eroneously) reported, include a stylized dolphin, since dolphin (porpoise) are not equipped with scales. Instead, that portion of Columbia's unique design which incorporates gleaming silver scales, was intended to convey the fanciful suggestion of a whimsical, romanticized sea serpent, cresting above the waves. Similarly, the rounded area (which enjoys greater prominance on the three dimensional hollow handle pieces) is suggestive of the globe, whilst the silver wave which rushes forth above it, spanning approximately half the world's distance, cleverly incorporates a suggestion of the lavish plume of Columbus's hat, a feature prominant in the painting by Delacroix. In short, a masterful and supremely imaginative design was created by Meriden Britannia's artists, which now becomes a fascinating conversation piece for your dinner guests.

About the Styles: Some pieces of Columbia were made in both the solid-handle style as well as the extremely graceful, hollow-handle style.

When the handle is solid, the entire flatware piece is made from one piece of metal. When the handle is hollow, the piece is composed of a handle and an insert - the fork tines or the knife blade. The original Columbia hollow handle dinner forks are highly prized but seldom seen in today's market. Either of the slightly smaller, flat handled forks (7 to 7 1/2") may be situated alongside the longer, and distinctive hollow handled 8" dinner fork, in a vintage formal place setting, to be called into service for salads and desserts. Additionally, some of the pieces in the Columbia pattern were offered with an optional gold wash in the bowl. Such a gold wash protected the silver from the chemical effects of foods like vinegar and salt, as well as giving the piece a richer look.

About the Manufacturer and the 1847 Rogers Hallmark: The famed Rogers brothers began America's first successful silver-plating operations in Hartford, Conn., in 1847. The Meriden Britannia Company acquired the right to their hallmark (1847 Rogers) from the original Rogers brothers. The 1847 Rogers Bros. mark was used continually by the Meriden Britannia Company from the time of its own formation in 1862. The manufacturers of the Rogers lines kept quality up to a high standard, and as a result, the Rogers trade-mark was solidly established in the public mind; Practically all the high grade plated silver sold in America in those days carried the "Rogers" name and was made by the Meriden Britannia Company and six or eight other Connecticut firms. After its acquisition by Meriden Britannia, the hallmark was generally accompanied by a Meriden Britannia imprint within a tiny circle. (This imprint continued to be used even after Meriden Britannia was absorbed by International Silver, which was formed in 1898, by the merger of many smaller Connecticut companies, including Meriden Britannia Co., Rogers & Bros., and Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co.)

Columbia Displayed At the World's Fair: Within the 1893 Columbian Exposition fairgrounds, the Meriden Britannia company's gracefully ornate showroom was located on Columbia Avenue, (in the beautiful waterfront Manufactures Pavilion).

The following excerpts are taken from the richly descriptive "Book of the Fair",

"...Returning to Columbia Avenue, we find, adjacent to the Tiffany and Gorham edifice toward the north, the neat and tasteful structure of the Meriden Britannia company, ...[with] its rich brown hues of rosewood...... In shape it is octagonal, its sides, except for the one which contains the portico, consisting of plate-glass windows, resting on a curved base, divided by double Corinthian columns, and surmounted by low domes, the domical treatment culminating above the roof. Passing between rich draperies into a pavilion some thirty feet in diameter, its woodwork of ivory and gold, with easy chairs and carpet of light blue velvet, we find at the entrance a centrepiece of elaborate workmanship, its base of silver molded with gold and with bands of gold and chrysanthemum.....In an octagonal case, resting on a pedestal of ivory and gold, are many specimens of novel pattern. Next to it is the company’s office, near which is a triplicate mirror, the central glass with scroll work and flat mold frame, and those at the side with a heavy framework of oxidized silver......Turning to the display windows we find in one adjoining the portico a decorated vase with blossoms, flowers, and leaves of chrysanthemum.....Here and in other windows are flowerbowls, cake-baskets, liqueur sets, tea sets, writing tables, waiters and trays, chafing dishes, fern bowls, and scores of other articles. Finally, on a curved and velvet covered surface in the northern window, is almost every kind of flat table ware in use at the present day."

Those with a newly awakened interest in the Worlds Fair of 1893 may also enjoy reading an entry from the well written diary of Isak Isakson, who, at age 13, made his way alone to the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893. Other interesting info may be found on this page:

A second set of Columbia.

Service for 12 with provision for a lot more courses:
If you plan to entertain more extensively, there exists a magnificent and extremely rare second set of Columbia, also from a Florida estate, this one comprised of over 200 pieces. (Please note that these pieces are not available separately). The original collector from whose estate this set was acquired, had painstakingly amassed items in her collection since 1925.
The set, now owned by an estate dealer who specializes in fine and unique silver items, is priced at $10,000. plus shipping.
Serious inquiries are invited.

Note: The Dinner and Lunch knives and forks are monogrammed. They are in mint condition (even the blades) The grapefruit spoons, hh Lunch forks have been resilvered. (HH=Hollow Handle)

12 HH dinner knives
12 HH lunch knives
12 dinner forks
12 lunch forks
11 HH Lunch forks
12 Salad Forks
12 Cocktail forks
12 Grapefruit Spoons
12 Teaspoons
4 Oval Soup spoons
6 Table serv. spoons
1 Sugar Shell
12 Demitasse spoons
4 Large Berry Spoons
3 Ind Butter knives
1 Master Butter Knife
1 Oyster Ladle

1 Boullion Spoon
1 Tomato Server
1 Creme Ladle
1 Gravy Ladle
1 Large Soup Ladle
1 Sugar Tongs
1 Pierced Tablespoon
1-2 pc. Salad Serving Set
1 Cake Fork
4 Cafe Royale spoons (Extremely rare)
7 Strawberry Forks
12 5'oclock (Coffee) spoons
12 HH serrated Orange Knives or Breakfast Knives
1-3 pc Youth Set
1- 2 pc Fish Set (Kn & Fk)
11 Pastry forks

Phone: 772-219-0457 - Driving Directions:
Treasure Coast Jewelers is located at
577 S.E. Central Parkway - Stuart, FL 34994
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