Building a Georg Jensen Service

The easiest way to obtain a service of Jensen cutlery is of course to buy a large or complete set. However, this is an expensive undertaking, and building a canteen yourself provides a enjoyable alternative (although in the long run, probably more expensive than buying a service in one go).
Jensen cutlery was made in large quantities, and many Patterns were made for long enough periods to make them quite plentiful. For those of us who live in the UK, Germany, USA or Scandinavia Jensen cutlery is far from rare.
Having said that, some patterns were not popular at the time of production, or only ran for very short times.
Acorn, Acanthus, Cactus or Pyramid would all be good choices for the collector who wishes to build a reasonably sized service in a relatively short space of time. All of these patterns have been in production for many years and were popular enough that they are readily seen. I would say that these four patterns account for around 50% or more of the Jensen cutlery in the Market place. With the exception of Acanthus these patterns are also all available new.
Next, Continental, Lily of the Valley, bead, Bernadotte or Old Danish would provide more of a challenge but would prove possible eventually. Again, all of these patterns are available to buy new. Of course the more extensive a service one wishes to own the harder it will be to acquire the correct pieces in these patterns unless one resorts to new. All other patterns would be best acquired as a set for all but the most patient and persistent collector, unless only a very small quantity was required.

Article by James Baldwin

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