A 19th century Utopian community near Oneida, N.Y. didn't last, but a product that its inhabitants crafted still lives on. The company known internationally for its fine stainless steel silverware, Oneida, Ltd., put the town for which it is named on the map. Founded more than 100 years ago, Oneida is the name consumers think of first when seeking quality American-made tableware.

Engraving

Look on the back of the pieces you have--specifically the teaspoons--to find the pattern's name. Use a magnifying glass to make certain you read it correctly. This is the most foolproof way to identify the pattern, if the name is clear enough to read.

Compare

If the engraving on the back of the flatware is unreadable, look at photographs of various Oneida patterns and compare those to the pieces you have. The Oneida website has photos of all the company's current patterns.

Retired Patterns

Oneida has discontinued some of its patterns over the years, but they can still be found in various places. The Oneida website has a page of retired patterns with photographs so you can identify your pattern. Retired pieces can be purchased through Replacements, Ltd. A link is provided below in our Resources section.

Betty Crocker Program

For many years, Oneida and Betty Crocker partnered to sell special patterns of Oneida flatware through a coupon program. The Oneida website has a page that shows photographs of all the patterns sold through the Betty Crocker program. The program has ended, but many of the patterns can be purchased through Replacements, Ltd.

Customer Service

If you've looked at all the photographs mentioned above and still can't identify your Oneida pattern, you can contact the company's Customer Service department. A link is provided below in the Resource section that gives phone numbers, mailing address and an email form so you can choose the method of contact you prefer.