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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:
6 Table knives
6 Table forks
6 Table spoons
6 Dessert knives
6 Dessert forks
6 Dessert spoons
6 Egg spoons
6 Cake/Oyster forks
6 Salt spoons
Pair of sauce ladles
Pair of gravy spoons
Fish server knives
Fish server forks
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.
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"
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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INSURANCE IN TRANSIT
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All items are fully insured and sent at the risk of AC Silver.
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.
Origin: London, England
35B St Georges Terrace
Tyne & Wear