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Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons - Antique Edwardian (1908)

A magnificent, fine and impressive, comprehensive antique Edwardian English sterling silver straight Fiddle and Thread pattern flatware service for twelve persons - boxed; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collection

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Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons - Antique Edwardian (1908)
Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons - Antique Edwardian (1908)

Description


The pieces of this magnificent and comprehensive antique Edwardian sterling silver straight* flatware set for twelve persons have been crafted in the Fiddle and Thread pattern.


The surface of each handle, excluding the table and dessert knives, is embellished with a contemporary engraved initial 'G'**.


The surfaces of the fundamental and serving pieces are each embellished with thread decoration paralleling the shape of the handle and encompassing the rounded heel.


The reverse of each spoon and anterior of each fork features a pip to the handle terminal.


This sterling silver flatware set consists of 101 pieces:

Basic Service:
12 Table knives
12 Table forks
12 Table spoons
12 Dessert knives
12 Dessert forks
12 Dessert spoons
12 Fish knives
12 Fish forks
Additional Pieces:
Pair of sauce ladles
Soup ladle
Gravy spoon
Butter knife

This impressive service benefits from a twelve place setting fish service; this fish service bears the same credentials as the rest of the straight service but due to the hallmarking system the fish service bears the date letter 'm' and the others feature 'n'.


The sterling silver blade to the fish knives and forks are ornamented with tooled paralleling borders in addition to bright cut engraved scrolling leaf designs.


The fundamental pieces of this silver cutlery set, including the impressive serving pieces but excluding the knives, have been crafted by the renowned silversmiths Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd in 1908; as expected with period flatware crafted in London, this canteen is a superior gauge of silver.


The replacement*** table and dessert knives have been crafted in the Fiddle and Thread pattern; if not required this canteen can be sold without these knives.


This exceptional comprehensive sterling silver flatware set is fitted to the original and impressive oak wood lift up lid canteen box with a lift out tray.


The original sale of this service did not include knives and there are no available compartments to accommodate them to the original interior of the box, therefore the table and dessert knives are supplied in felt cutlery rolls, which not only protect the items in storage but significantly reduces tarnishing.


The original presentation canteen box features a brass carrying handle to either end and two inset panels to the interior rim displaying the retailer's mark 'Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd' and '112, Regent Street, London, W'.


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


** The initials to the solid silver pieces can be erased if required.


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


Date: 1908

Condition


This antique sterling silver flatware set is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The canteen box has been professionally polished by a cabinet maker and the original interior is in excellent condition in keeping with age.

The cover to this original period box has subtly contorted and no longer sits flush when closed.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse of each piece and the surface of the fish knife blades are all very clear.


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


Dimensions


Table knife 24cm/9.4"

Table fork 20.7cm/8.1"

Table spoon 22.2cm/8.7"

Dessert knife 21.5cm/8.5"

Dessert fork 17.5cm/6.9"

Dessert spoon 18.1cm/7.1"

Fish knife 20.9cm/8.2"

Fish fork 18cm/7.1"

Gravy spoon 22.5cm/8.9"

Soup ladle 33cm/13"

Sauce ladle 18cm/7.1"

Butter knife 18.5cm/7.3"


Weight


138 troy ounces/4292g (excluding fish service, dessert and table knives)


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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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