Even as a child, I could appreciate the smooth tactile handles and their nicely tapered shape. The set now belongs to me (see it below). And what you don't want to with something this special, is put it in the dishwasher.
The set has "Lundtofte Stainless Denmark" stamped onto the back of each piece and those smooth handles are made from palisander – a Brazilian rosewood, which is dark with fine black lines running through it. The result is pretty special.
My dad thinks it came from the George Jensen shop on Bond Street, London. It was a wedding present when he got married to his first wife in 1959, just a year after it was designed by – I think – Tias Eckhoff. (I'm trying to identify it, by the way, from eBay photographs, where what looks like the same set, called Opus, is going for quite a bit of money – around £400. Goodness...). Anyway, so my dad's wife was working for Finmar Ltd, a wholesale importer of Scandinavian design which sold to shops including Liberty. Lucky for me, she introduced him to the joys of such sleek designs. Luckier still, when they split she got the gold coffee set (which does admittedly sound amazing), he got these beauties and, when I moved into my current house, generously gave them to me.
Like my parents, I only get the cutlery out on special occasions. And this special occasion had called for five place settings: the set features six of everything, so you can probably see the ones that escaped a beating from the dishwasher (in case you can't, it's the two on the left). But I have since spent several hours lovingly treating them with Danish Oil, and they're looking much better than they were. And if I hadn't pointed it out, well – you'd never have noticed, would you? (Say no!)