11 sterling silver serving pieces in the Francis I pattern by Reed and Barton. Includes Salad or Vegetable serving fork and spoon (8 7/8" L), Tomato Server, Gravy Ladle (6 3/8" L), Jelly Spoon; 2 Table/Serving spoons, 1 Cold Meat Fork (7 3/4" L), 1 Sugar Shell, 1 Cheese Knife, and 1 Roast Carving Fork. Combined weighable silver: 24.63 oz troy. Provenance: The Estate of Jane Dudley, Nashville, TN and Palm Beach, FL. Social icon Jane Dudley was the founder of one of the South's most prestigious charity events–the Swan Ball, benefiting Cheekwood. She traveled the world as the wife of U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Guilford Dudley, with whom she shared a landmark Nashville estate, Northumberland. A graduate of Nashville's Parmer School, Ward Belmont and Vanderbilt University, she worked briefly for the Tennessean newspaper and later for Tiffany & Co., where she managed corporate accounts for more than twenty years and later served on the board of directors. Mrs. Dudley was also a member of the International Best Dressed List. In 1963 she was the founding chairman of The Swan Ball, now the nation's longest running charity ball. She also chaired the Tiffany Feather Ball in New York from 1981-1991, the ball benefiting the Palm Beach Cancer Society in the 1970s (featuring entertainer Bob Hope), and in England, a ball at Blenheim Palace to raise funds for the historic castle's roof. CONDITION: Tips of tablespoons worn, otherwise all items very good condition. Some pieces with possible monogram removals.
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