Kirk Stieff New Sterling Silver Flatware, Silverware
Kirk Stieff came into existence when the legendary Baltimore silver companies, Samuel Kirk & Sons, and Stieff Company, merged in 1979. Both companies were renowned for their revival of the Repousse style (meaning "raised in relief"), which is a difficult hand process for creating elaborate designs.
Kirk Stieff was purchased by Brown-Forman (maker of Jack Daniels and other distilled spirits), then Lenox Brands. The patterns are currently licensed for manufacture by Lifetime Brands, who own the Wallace and Towle Silversmiths names.
Offerings from this manufacturer:
Old Maryland Engraved
Old Maryland Engraved is the most famous of the etched design sterling flatware patterns, first made in 1936.
Repousse is inspired by the European technique of creating elaborate designs by pressing through the back of a silver item. The Repousse flatware pattern is flat on the back side, however.
Made To Order Patterns
One of the longest-running sterling silver patterns, first made in 1850. Timeless design? Absolutely.
Old Maryland Plain
Not as famous or as popular as the engraved version shown above, but it's an excellent choice for a classic, plain pattern. First made in 1850.
While the Repousse pattern was manufactured by Samuel Kirk, Stieff Company created their own version more than 60 years later, called Stieff Rose. One of 4 patterns using this style, Stieff Rose is the only one still in active production.
Winslow was first made in 1850, and has been copied many times over, especially in high quality stainless steel patterns (none made by Kirk Stieff, though)..
Originally known as "Severn", this pattern was recently discontinued after production of the Kirk Stieff patterns was taken over by Lifetime Brands. The gold version is still being made.
Worthington Gold is a very regal pattern, with long, slender handles and a tasteful gold accent. It's an excellent choice if you wish to capture the gold accent of your china without being overpowering.