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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Silver Patterns of Famous People

A while back, we asked readers to submit topics of interest for this blog. A reader has responded with a request to discuss silver patterns of famous people, both alive now and from the past.

So, here's what we'll do. This post will lead off the list with one such pattern and we ask that you attach comments to this post, telling us what you know on this topic. The first comment is from the reader who suggested this topic.

To see the list, just click on "Comments/Questions" below this post.

Here's the first match - an easy one because it's mentioned in so many places. The pattern chosen by the Bush family for Air Force One is Gorham Chantilly.

Let us hear from you.

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Anonymous said...

I would like to know more about silver flatware patterns of famous/historic people. I remember reading Luci Johnson chose Old Maryland Engraved; Lynda Johnson chose Chantilly, and sets in these patterns were given to them as wedding gifts by Congress. Any more info like this?

Anonymous said...

I found this in an informational article on the Kirk Co. on eBay: "In 1820 Maria Hester Monroe, daughter of President James Monroe, was married in the White House. She chose Kirk 'Mayflower' as her silverware pattern."

Interesting topic!

Anonymous said...

Great idea. Trisha Nixon chose Lunt Silver's Eloquence as her silver plattern, along with Lenox's Blue Tree china and Waterford's Lismore for her crystal.

Anonymous said...

I was told recently that the Trumans' pattern was Fairfax.

Anonymous said...

I love this topic!

An article on the Beverly Bremer website states that Francis I was owned by presidents Eisenhower, Truman and Wilson. This pattern has to be the antithesis of Fairfax, which the previous post lists as the Trumans' pattern. It's interesting to speculate that perhaps one pattern was for personal use and the other for more formal state occasions.

Anonymous said...

I have a vague recollection of Tiffany Audubon being associated with Jacqueline Kennedy.