Francis 1st Sterling Silver Flatware Set by Reed and Barton. 48 pieces total, 8 sets of 6 place settings.No serving pieces. Patent date June 25, 1907.NOTE! Please read the following before bidding. IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT THIS AUCTION This item is in an "eBay Live Auction." This means that each item: 1) will not close at a specific time like an eBay.com auction 2) will be opened in order in a format like a real auction house floor 3) bids can be placed real-time during the auction. Please note, bidders may place bids before the auction (aka Absentee bids). Absentee bids may be placed up to 1 hour prior to the start of the auction. This is the recommended method of bidding since many people on "auction day" either forget to participate in the auction or have other plans. Once the auction has started only live bids are accepted. Note: "Auction date and time" displayed by eBay may not be accurate to your time zone- This auction will begin JAN. 1st, 2007, at 2:00pm Eastern time. Also, for MAC users, there are known issues with the Live Auction bidding console and the Safari browser. Please use a different browser if you wish to participate in the Live Auction. You MUST register before you can bid. To ensure that your registration has been completed, you should register at least one hour before the auction starts. If you register during the auction, it may take up to an hour before you are confirmed.-------For Payment information, please see the "Payment" section below.---------***SOME ITEMS IN THIS AUCTION MAY HAVE RESERVES***------The auctioneer will act to protect the reserve by placing an "Auction Floor Bid." These bids will be displayed during the auction and in eBay's Bid History after the auction as an "Auction Floor Bid." ------Please note: Your winning bid is a legal binding contract. Please ask all questions prior to bidding. Your bid is final so please bid accordingly.