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|Vintage Dirilyte flatware is a type of dinner service that was first manufactured in Sweden.
History & Description
Flatware is used to serve, prepare and eat food and is commonly referred to as silverware and cutlery.
The company was originally named Dirigold and was founded in 1919 by Oscar von Malmborg and Carl Molin. The metal alloy which the flatware was made of was invented in 1914 by Molin and, although it contained no gold, it did contain a number of other metals. However, to avoid the suspicion of false advertising, the company changed its name to Dirilyte in 1935. The company’s factory closed down in 1986.
Guide for collectors
Dirilyte was a very popular choice of dinner service during the 1940s and 1950s and was also extremely expensive to purchase. A five-place setting would have cost nearly $700. Interest in the company’s flatware waned towards the final years of production but recently their flatware is steadily becoming desirable to collectors.
In order to identify flatware as Dirilyte, collectors need to look for its mark which is typically found stamped into the alloy on the underside of the flatware’s handles. The mark ranges from the name alone to a combination with a clover leaf. The clover leaf may also appear independently.
Notable auction sales
On November 16th 2003 at Freeman’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a 65 piece flatware service for twelve in original chest realised a price of $250.
On March 5th 2012, a 102 piece flatware Regal service in original gold chest was sold on eBay for $157.50.
On March 13th 2012, an 89 piece flatware service in original chest, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $150.
On October 4th 2003 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a 79 piece flatware service for twelve in original chest realised a price of $150.
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