The International Silver Company's sterling silver, cream soup, spoon debuted in 1939 and is in their, best-selling, Prelude pattern. This design features floral clusters that surround the top and bottom of the slender handle.
International Silver Company designed and produced two of the most frequently purchased silver patterns in American history. These two patterns have been produced for over 75 years. Joan of Arc being introducted in 1940 and, this pattern, Prelude being introduced 1939.
This cream soup spoon is quite elegant and in vintage condition. It is 6 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.3 ounces.
The International Silver Company was incorporated in 1898 by the combination of 14, previously independent, New England silversmith companies. As years passed, more silversmith companies were added through acquisitions. The Company was founded to take advantage of the efficiencies of cooperative commerce. The individual companies maintained separate identities and continued to mark their silverware with their own touchmarks. Only products sold by International Silver as a parent company used the International Silver mark.
The firm was the world's largest manufacturer of silverware. It ceased holloware production in 1976 and sold their holloware business to Oneida in 1981.