Oneida Easton, Garnet, Sheraton Classic Flatware/Silverware Review
In this review we take a close look at some of Oneida's most popular and established classic flatware collections: cutlery that reveals suggestions of patterns which become fully fledged only in the brand's Decorative and Modern departments. These lines, Easton, Garnet, and Sheraton, will appeal to home makers who enjoy a touch of decorative ambiguity, and look (more than) favorably on the occasional surprise in the kitchen, be it cuisine or tableware.
Sheraton comprises one of the most aesthetically loaded collections Oneida have to offer. It includes a border similar to the one delineating American Harmony, but which is notably wider, and is carrying a more prominent beaded ornament. Both enhanced traits match the massive, weighty handles, the tips of which accommodate a small trefoil motif reminiscent, in turn, of Juilliard and Kenwood silverware. A multistage astragal connects the handles with the forks, knives, and spoons themselves.
Eventually, this line blends several classic design ideas, saturating the pieces to the brim with embellishments, and marking a gingerly encroachment into Oneida Decorative territory.
Easton and Easton Satin, two essentially identical collections of flatware that differ only in the stainless steel finish, takes the opposite design approach. Here the decorative function is almost non-existent, the cutlery relying on a simple geometrical layout (echoing Shaker) to exhibit a well-defined trapezoid shape.
In other words, Oneida bring Easton as close as it gets to minimalist ideas of Modern items – but without actually turning off the classic aesthetic path.
Garnet displays a familiar, even common oval leaf shape that serves as a basis for various, much more elaborate designs. When we reach the tip of the handles, a surprise appears: a sudden bump in the form of a bead that seems to acts as a knot, or, a miniature trampoline platform.
Besides the purely pragmatical effect of preventing the flatware pieces from slipping from the hand, there's an underlying comical, playful touch to this unusual and interesting design – which indicates that Oneida will occasionally take creative risks in an endeavor to satisfy more exotic tastes in cutlery.