Complimentary Patterns

by Debbie Pugliese
Volume 10 No. 2 - September 1983

Several glass, and silverplate companies produced patterns so that crystal and flatware complimented one another. Among these various companies were Duncan and Miller and 1847 Rogers Bros. According to thr dates, the flatware was usually produced first, then Duncan designed patterns to match.

First Love Adoration "First Love" was Duncan's first matching etching. 1847 Rogers started producing their First Love in 1937. The etching came shortly thereafter (Illustrations at left). The most recognizable part of this etching is the fan that is the center of the design. Around it there are small flowers and leaves. As you follow the etch around, a scrolled urn of flowers sets off each section.

Stemware is usually the #5111½ Terrace pattern with serving pieces of many different lines: #111 Terrace, #115 Canterbury, #30 Pall Mall, #117 Three Feathers, #126 Venetian, and others. It seems that the #5111½ cordial, the #5111½ tall covered candy, and the #5200 decanter (both 32 or. and 16 oz.) are among the harder pieces to find.

In 1939, 1847 Rogers produced "Adoration," and Duncan again followed with an etching that same year (Line drawings above right). It has delicate flowers and leaves. Also, a fan shaped design and scrolls. Stemware in this etching is usually the #5321 Trianon pattern with serving pieces in the #30 Pall Mall pattern, the #115 Canterbury, the #117 Three Feathers, and a few miscellaneous patterns.

It seems that this etching is hard to find, or could it be that most collectors and dealers just don't recognize it? Keep your eyes open for the #1 hurricane shades that go on the Sandwich candelabra bases. A pair of these would be quite a find.

"Eternally Yours" was Duncan's major cutting that has a silverplate counterpart. Rogers began production and Duncan in 1942 The silverplate pattern has a cutout design through the handle that is easily recognized by collectors (Drawings at left) It makes sense that Duncan's Eternally Yours Remembrance pattern was also cut. The cutting has small round flower petals in groups of four and long tulip-shaped leaves. The flowing lines of the cutting gives this pattern an elegance unique from any other design.

Usually seen on the #5331 Victory stem and #115 Canterbury, it can probably be found on other blanks. Because etchings have gotten so much in demand, it stands to reason that the cuttings will start to follow soon. Eternally Yours can still be found quite reasonably. This may be a good investment pattern for those people interested in starting a crystal pattern.

The last major pattern of 1847 Rogers that Duncan complimented with crystal was "Remembrance." Both companies produced Remembrance around 1948 (Illustration at right). A single rose in a keyhole-shaped scrolled border makes this pattern recognizable. This design is centered in small rose and leaf patterns. It matches perfectly with the simplicity of the silver plated flatware.

Remembrance was usually etched on the #5115 Canterbury blown stemware and on the #115 Canterbury serving pieces This etching is scarce and seldom recognized by collectors, but makes a beautiful table setting.

Not all glass companies matched silverplate patterns. It's worthy of noting that sterling patterns were also used. One example would be Cambridge's Rosepoint. The sterling pattern that matches it is extremely well done. Maybe we can study that another time.