For those interested in the history of the American silver industry, I have added a new page: How I Set the Community Table.
The gentleman with the beard is John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the utopian Oneida Community. The members of the Community made and sold many items to support themselves, including silverplated flatware. Pierrepont Noyes, one of the sons of the founder, led Oneida into design and production of the high-quality Community line of silverplate.
I have been a collector of Community artifacts and a student of its history for many years. Last year I donated much of my collection to the Mansion House and they asked me to explain, in their Journal, how I had come to set the Community table. Click here for the page and the story.