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Don Wallance "Magnum" Flatware Service for Twelve

Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Stainless Steel
Dimensions
W. 7.75 in; H. 0.75 in; D. 1 in;
W. 19.69 cm; H. 1.91 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Good. Good overall condition with superficial scratches throughout consistent with age and use.
Creation Date circa 1970
Number of Pieces 8+
Description Vintage five-piece service for twelve of Don Wallance's "Magnum" flatware in 18/8 stainless steel. Sixty pieces total, produced for the H.E. Lauffer Company, c. 1970's. Each service consists of a dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, tea spoon, and knife. Wallance (1909-1990) was an American industrial designer, furniture designer, metalworker, and design educator. He studied at the Design Laboratory School in New York City from 1936-40, participated in MoMA's International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in 1948, and wrote "Shaping America's Products" in 1956. His ergonomic and well-crafted stainless steel flatware designs for Lauffer--some fifteen in all--helped the material gain cachet in mid-century American dining rooms. "Magnum" was introduced in 1968 and was deemed by Wallance to be "a fusion of the best qualities of [my] previous designs." Initially manufactured in Norway, production was moved to Japan in the late 1970's, and to Korea after that. The present set features approximately 47 pieces marked Norway and 13 marked Japan. Measurements are of the dinner fork.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Patterns Modern
Incollect Reference Number 385439
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