Silver also represents stratification in the classes. Only those with the resources could afford silver, which separated the classes. Some patterns like the one pictured take it a step further. The first picture shows the basic pattern. The second picture shows the three basic pieces, fork, knife, and spoon. Here we see that they are engraved. So we have taken a newly “mass” produced item and added a layer of hand tooling or customization to the object. This adds a layer of stratification to the haves.
Above is a close of up the fork handle. You can see the hand engraving as well as the monogram. so we have, not only custom pattern engraving, but also, initial of the owners. A second layer of stratification for the haves.
One of the greatest aspects of separation is seen in the above pieces. From left to right, oyster fork, ice cream fork, and grapefruit spoon. All of these items were created for one purpose, to eat one individual item. This item would have been an extreme luxury during the time, especially considering a specific piece of silver was made for its consumption.