A Sterling Legacy

Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele. Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

Duncan presents another interesting option that could help the budget. Some people bring in an heirloom set and trade it for another design. He says tastes in flatware change from generation to generation, but with so many patterns produced, there is always something to please. “I do notice a trend, as far as style is concerned, toward more modern, simple designs,” he says.

The three most popular styles at Duncan’s store are all well established: Francis I by Reed & Barton, as well as Chantilly and Strasbourg, both by Gorham. Other fashionable items include barware, candlesticks, monogrammed napkin rings, and vases. His database of sterling helps customers find missing pieces or odd articles that people collect, like marrow scoops or asparagus tongs. He encourages people to use their sterling every day, not just for special occasions. “I think people are starting to realize if they want to set a really nice table, silver is involved,” he says.

Text by Marie Baxley
Photography courtesy by As You Like It Silver Shop
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele.
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

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