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Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons - Antique George V

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English straight sterling silver Hanoverian Rat Tail 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 George V


The pieces of this impressive, antique George V straight* sterling silver canteen of cutlery for twelve persons have been crafted in the Hanoverian Rat Tail pattern.

Each spoon and fork features a pip to the handle terminal, in addition to a rat tail to the reverse of the bowls.

This Hanoverian Rat Tail pattern canteen of cutlery consists of 108 pieces:

Basic Service:
12 Table knives
12 Table forks
6 Table spoons
12 Soup spoons
12 Dessert knives
12 Dessert forks
12 Dessert spoons
12 Teaspoons
6 Egg spoons
Additional Pieces:
Gravy spoon
Soup ladle
Pair of sauce ladles
Pair of salt spoons
Mustard spoon
Meat carving knife
Game carving knife
Meat carving fork
Game carving fork
Sharpening steel

The components of this canteen were crafted by the Sheffield silversmith Cooper Brothers & Sons Ltd in 1928; the components will have been crafted in the same year but due to the hallmarking system the items are struck with the date letters l and m.

This impressive set benefits from the original knives and carving set fitted with composite handles and blades bearing the maker's mark 'Cooper Brothers, Rustless Steel, Sheffield'.

This boxed canteen of cutlery can be purchased with plain sterling silver handled Hanoverian pattern knives and supplied in felt cutlery rolls if so desired; for further information please contact Andrew Campbell directly.

This exceptional canteen of cutlery is fitted to the original and impressive mahogany wood lift up lid and two drawer canteen box which features fine and impressive brass carrying handles to either side; this box is an impressive piece of furniture in its own right.

Each drawer features two fine and impressive brass handles, ornamented with floral sockets and waisted drop style handpieces.

The hinged doors of the canteen box and upper cover incorporate a paralleling inlaid wood border; the cover is further ornamented with a plain vacant oval cartouche to the centre.

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

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Date: 1928


This Hanoverian Rat Tail pattern canteen of cutlery is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The service has been professionally polished and is in presentation condition.

The mahogany wood box has been professionally polished by a cabinet maker and is also in presentation condition.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse surface of each spoon and fork handle are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

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


Table knife 24.8cm/9.8"

Table fork 20.2cm/8"

Table spoon 20.5cm/8.1"

Soup spoon 19.5cm/7.7"

Dessert knife 20.9cm/8.2"

Dessert fork 17.5cm/6.9"

Dessert spoon 17.5cm/6.9"

Teaspoon 13.9cm/5.5"

Egg spoon 12cm/4.7"

Gravy spoon 32.8cm/12.9"

Soup ladle 31.2cm/12.3"

Sauce ladle 17.9cm/7"

Salt spoon 8.9cm/3.5"

Mustard spoon 11.8cm/4.6"

Meat carving knife 35.3cm/13.9"

Game carving knife 31.5cm/12.4"

Meat carving fork 25.3cm/10"

Game carving fork 25.7cm/10.1"

Sharpening steel 31.3cm/12.3"

Total Weight

140.4 troy ounces/4367g (excluding the composite handled components)

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. 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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