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SOLD - Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery by Mappin Brothers - Victorian

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight Fiddle Thread and Shell pattern flatware service for six persons; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collection

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SOLD - Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery by Mappin Brothers - Victorian


The pieces of this magnificent and comprehensive antique Victorian sterling silver straight* flatware service for six persons have been crafted in the Fiddle Thread and Shell pattern.

The surface of each handle is embellished with a paralleling thread decorated border accented with a shell design to the terminal.

The reverse of each solid silver fork and spoon features a diamond heel.

This Fiddle Thread and Shell flatware service consists of 71 pieces:

Basic Service:
6 Table knives
6 Table forks
6 Table spoons
6 Dessert knives
6 Dessert forks
6 Dessert spoons
6 Teaspoons
6 Egg spoons
6 Cake/Oyster forks
Additional Pieces:
6 Salt spoons
Soup Ladle
Pair of sauce ladles
Pair of gravy spoons
Fish server knife
Fish server fork
Sifter ladle
Preserve spoon
Asparagus tongs
Grape shears

The fundamental pieces and extensive serving pieces of this silver cutlery set have been crafted by the London silversmiths Mappin Brothers in 1896, apart from the table and dessert knives, which are replacements**; as expected with period flatware crafted in London, this canteen is a superior gauge of silver.

Each component of this set will have been crafted in the same year but due to the hallmarking system some pieces bear the date letter 'U' and the others feature 'a' in a differing surround.

The blades of the asparagus tong and fish servers are embellished with impressive, delicate pierced scrolling leaf decoration.

The salt spoons retain the original gilded interior.

This antique flatware service is supplied in felt cutlery rolls; which not only protect the items in storage but significantly reduce tarnishing.

* "Straight" means all the pieces are made by the same maker in the same year.

** Predominately all antique silver canteens have replacement knives as the originals have not stood the test of time.

What is sterling silver?

Date: 1896


This antique Fiddle Thread and Shell flatware service is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The anterior terminal of one egg spoon has suffered some damage; this does not affect the integrity of the piece.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse of each piece are all very clear; hallmarks are deeply struck due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine and impressive canteen.


Table knife 25cm/9.8"

Table fork 25.5cm/10"

Table spoon 22.5cm/8.9"

Dessert knife 22.2cm/8.7"

Dessert fork 18cm/7.1"

Dessert spoon 19.5cm/7.7"

Teaspoon 16.2cm/6.4"

Egg spoon 12.2cm/4.8"

Cake/Oyster fork 12.3cm/4.8"

Salt spoon 11cm/4.3"

Soup ladle 33.5cm/13.2"

Sauce ladle 18cm/7.1"

Gravy spoon 30.5cm/12"

Fish server knife 32.5cm/12.8"

Fish server fork 24.6cm/9.7"

Sifter ladle 15.7cm/6.2"

Preserve spoon 15.4cm/6.1"

Asparagus tongs 26.5cm/10.4"

Grape shears 18.2cm/7.2"


142.7 troy ounces/4438g (excluding table and dessert knives)

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