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First seen in the early 17 hundreds and one of the most important patterns of that century, Rattail can be identified from the "rat's tail" running up the back of the spoon bowl and the line passing down the centre of the stem. Rattail's popularity decreased in the 19th century before seeing a resurgence in the late Victorian period and early 20th century. It has remained popular ever since and today is one of the three most popular of the plain styles of sterling silver flatware, alongside Old English and Fiddle.
Single Maker, Single Year
A boxed Single Maker, Singe Year set of Antique, Sterling Silver Hollow Rib Rattail Pattern Flatware, hallmarked in London in 1918, maker unknown. Presented with hard soldered octagonal pistol knives hallmarked in Sheffield in 1981 by Garrards. The set is unusual as it has both the modern style, round bowl soup spoon and the traditional style table spoon.
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