Recently we designed and produced a wedding at one of my favorite spots, The New York Public Library, and as always, after nailing down the big picture of the décor, we zoom in on the details. It’s those special details that people remember, that personalize an event, and with that in mind, we reached out to Small Masterpiece for their help on the flatware for the dinner tables.
Small Masterpiece is an exquisite, white-glove service that provides antique tableware for events. They have a stunning sterling silver collection that is 87% sterling and 13% high quality silver plate. Some of the many sterling silver marks are from Gorham, Lunt, Reed & Barton, Tiffany, John Wendt, and Whiting with many silver plated flatware pieces from Christofle Paris. Pieces are monogrammed and stamped with dates circa 1880 to 1920 with some coin silver pieces dating before this time. Coin silver predates sterling silver as silversmiths used to reach to pull "coin" silver out of their pockets to use for rush orders, hence the generic term "coin silver," which is the silver of the coins made at the time.
I am particularly fond of the knives--a collection of handles in horn, wood, shell and more that add the right element of surprise to the settings.
The settings vary from place setting to place setting, but that is part of the fun. I’m not going to pretend that Small Masterpiece is not a real luxury--it is. But if for nothing else, the photos here might serve as gorgeous inspiration. Perhaps you start your own collection to use at home when entertaining after your wedding and do as the guys from Small Mastpiece do, searching high and low on eBay, at auction, at Brimfield, on trips abroad, buying one special piece at a time. I know that I am personally inspired to do so.