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Wallace Flatware

Wallace Silversmiths Co. is one of America's oldest and most fabled producers of flatware. Robert Wallace founded the company in the early 19th century after an apprenticeship under the renowned spoonmaker Meriden Britannica Co. He purchased a rickety gristmill and began creating spoons exclusively, as this was his area of expertise.

One of the major early innovations for Wallace Silversmiths Co. happened while Robert was shopping in New York City and discovered a cutlery set by Dixon & Sons forged from a nickel alloy called German Silver. Wallace was greatly impressed by the luster and strength of the material and proceeded to buy the formula from the German chemist Dr. Louis Feuchtwanger for the then-enormous sum of $20.

With this new patent, Robert Wallace compounded the first German silver made in America. It would go on to enjoy great popularity throughout the United States. By the time Robert Wallace died in 1892, passing the company on to his sons, Wallace Silversmiths Co. had grown into the largest manufacturer of flatware in the world. As it was in the 19th century, Wallace flatware continues to be prized for its first-rate craftsmanship and excellent design.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, Sotheby’s sold a Wallace Silversmiths Flatware service for $5,000
  • By the start of the 20th century, Wallace Silversmiths products were so popular that the factory used more than 1.5 tons of nickel silver each day
  • Sir Christopher, Rose Point, and Grand Baroque are three of Wallace’s most celebrated patterns of flatware

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LOT OF 76 PCS WALLACE STERLING SILVER ROSE POINT FLATWARE, 2894.5 GRAMS
Oct 08, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 76 PCS WALLACE STERLING SILVER ROSE POINT FLATWARE, 2894.5 GRAMS
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3004 Bids
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Spoons 448g.
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Spoons 448g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
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19 Assorted Sterling Serving Spoons
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
19 Assorted Sterling Serving Spoons
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $250- $350
$1001 Bid
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15 Pc Vintage Sterling Seafood Forks Group
Nov 12, 12:00 PM EST
15 Pc Vintage Sterling Seafood Forks Group
by Neely Auction
Est: $175- $250
$851 Bid
Two Silver Plated Flatware Sets in Boxes
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Silver Plated Flatware Sets in Boxes
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $25- $125
$251 Bid
28 Pcs. Wallace and Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
28 Pcs. Wallace and Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $700- $750
$3500 Bids
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Sterling Silver Ladle
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Ladle
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $125- $150
$500 Bids
(16) WALLACE 'EVENING MIST' STERLING FLATWARE SET
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
(16) WALLACE 'EVENING MIST' STERLING FLATWARE SET
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1750 Bids
Wallace Silversmiths 73-Piece Wishing Star Silverware Set
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
Wallace Silversmiths 73-Piece Wishing Star Silverware Set
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Forks 433g.
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Forks 433g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Forks 674g.
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Forks 674g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Spoons 427g.
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Spoons 427g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Spoons 426g.
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Silver Spoons 426g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
R. Wallace & Sons Carmel Pattern Silver Flatware
Nov 06, 3:00 PM EDT
R. Wallace & Sons Carmel Pattern Silver Flatware
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Wallace Rose pattern sterling silver flatware set
Oct 09, 11:30 PM EDT
Wallace Rose pattern sterling silver flatware set
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $3,500- $4,000
$3,0000 Bids
8PC EARLY 20TH C. SILVER SOUVENIR FLATWARE
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
8PC EARLY 20TH C. SILVER SOUVENIR FLATWARE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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8 PLACE SETTINGS + 9 SERVING PIECES
Oct 09, 12:00 PM CDT
8 PLACE SETTINGS + 9 SERVING PIECES
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5000 Bids
A Wallace Grand Baroque Silver Flatware Service
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Wallace Grand Baroque Silver Flatware Service
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
50PC WALLACE 'IRIAN' PATTERN 1902 STERLING FLATWARE
Oct 27, 5:00 PM PDT
50PC WALLACE 'IRIAN' PATTERN 1902 STERLING FLATWARE
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
94 Pcs Wallace Rosepoint Sterling Flatware
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
94 Pcs Wallace Rosepoint Sterling Flatware
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,500- $1,600
$7500 Bids
A (196 pc) Wallace Grande Baroque sterling flatware service
Oct 16, 9:30 AM PDT
A (196 pc) Wallace Grande Baroque sterling flatware service
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5000 Bids
(24 Pc) Silverware Fish Knives & Forks Set
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
(24 Pc) Silverware Fish Knives & Forks Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
250 Piece Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Flatware
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
250 Piece Wallace Grand Baroque Sterling Flatware
by Amero Auctions
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wallace Flatware


Hill Auction Gallery

Hill Auction Gallery

Hindman

Hindman

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals