Oneida Prestige Plate Silverplate GRENOBLE Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork 8.5" For Sale
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Oneida Prestige Plate Silverplate GRENOBLE Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork 8.5":
This Heirloom silverplate Medium Solid Cold Meat Serving Fork is made by Oneida Prestige. Pattern name is "Grenoble". 1938-. Used with moderate utensil wear. Beautiful Art Deco design! Asymmetrical design handle. An engraved floral and scroll design streaming up one side, with a band and leaves on the other side. Please read this beautiful story below of why this pattern has this design.
Flat tip with cut corners. Measures 8.5" length.
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This story was copied with permission from seller:thequeenofsales. Thank you, Lynn!
Signed Prestige 4 Stars and Plate. The pattern Grenoble was originally made by Wm A Rogers and introduced in 1938. Here is the story of The Grenoble Pattern.
"Nestled in the Charteuse Mountains of southern France lies the friendly and gracious city of Grenoble...founded in the Fourth Century. A bridge, spanning the River Tisere, connected the city with the outside world. It was over this bridge that the Grenoble Crusaders, Knights from surrounding estates who had pledged their swords and faith to follow their great warrior leader, Count Basil, rode forth to join in the First Crusade to free the Holy Land. Grenoble holds dear to its heart a legend of those far-off days-the story of the Knight Count Basil, and his sweetheart, Heloise.
On the day the Knights were to leave for their holy mission, the country-side was beautiful with lustrous wild roses. The city itself was resplendent with flags and flowers. The Knights' armor shone until it hurt the eyes...the horses wore the colors of their riders...and roses were showered upon the men and their steeds. As the little army reached the bridge, a blessing on the mission was pronounced by the Bishop, then followed cheers by the onlookers, and soon the brave band was lost in the distance.
Through long years of waiting, Heloise made daily pilgrimages to the bridge Tisere to send a rose down the stream with a whispered message to her loved one.
Finally, couriers reached the city to tell how in 1099 the Holy Land was won from the Moslems, and that Count Basil with his surviving followers was returning. What happy news! Heloise reached the bridge with an armful of roses to toss upon the water. Others followed her lead and scattered blossoms until the river looked like a carpet of beautiful flowers. When the Crusaders arrived, they were met by the floating fairyland and the people's shouts of welcome. As Count Basil approached Heloise where she waited for him, she cried, "O, Basil, did you receive the roses I sent you every morning?" With true knightly chivalry, the Count replied, "Of course, every morning brought me your message."
Interpreting this legend, the River Tisere, laden with roses, is etched along the full length of the silverware motif. Even the bridge is symbolized with a sprig of flowers to represent Heloise. As you look at your Grenoble pattern, this story of staunch love is unfolded in all its beauty.