How to Identify Oneida Flatware Patterns

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When it was founded in New York in the 1800s, Oneida manufactured silver knives, forks and spoons. Since then, the company has created more than 600 tableware or flatware patterns and is known worldwide for its stainless-steel, silver-plated and sterling-silver tableware. Oneida's current, discontinued and retired flatware patterns are archived for the convenient reference of owners and new customers.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Consult the Pattern Identifier on the Oneida website for confirmation that the flatware was made by Oneida (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Compare your flatware to the images in the Pattern Finder to see if you find a match.

  3. 3

    Browse antique and auction websites as sources for Community Silver patterns if your Oneida flatware bears the Community Silver backstamp. Examples of the Community Silver line include the "Fleur de Luce" pattern--sometimes called Flower de Luce--Bird of Paradise, Georgian, Grosvenor, Louis XVI, Patrician, and Sheraton.

  4. 4

    Find out if any of your flatware was part of the Betty Crocker Catalog flatware program by looking up the alphabetical list at the Oneida website (see Resources).

  5. 5

    Identify any flatware pattern in Oneida's Patterns Forever Collection--available to customers who register their flatware with the company--by looking on the back of teaspoons, which carry the pattern name. "Paul Revere" is an example.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the Pattern Finder to research other aspects of an Oneida flatware patterns, such as names and details of past or present flatware patterns.
  • Delve into history to learn how older flatware patterns evolved. For example, Oneida-Rogers flatware was a partnership of two silverware makers. Oneida Ltd. originated from Oneida Community (1848 to 1880). William A. Rogers was a silversmith whose mark appeared as early as 1897. Around 1929, the William A. Rogers' mark became part of Oneida, where it was used until 1978. Look for both names imprinted on silverware manufactured during this partnership.

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