Object Description

An excellent set of antique sterling silver cutlery in the Fiddle, Thread and Shell pattern. Excellent antique style. Each has a hand engraved crest. Total 57 pieces. A full place place setting for 12 people but missing 2 dessert spoons and 1 teaspoon. Total weight of flatware 4106 grams, 132 troy ounces. All same date and maker. London 1840. Maker William Eaton.

Biography – William Eaton, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1813, 2nd mark 1824, 3rd mark (2 sizes) 1825, 4th mark 1828, 5th mark (2 sizes) 1828, 7th as spoonmaker (2 sizes) 1834, 8th (4 punches) 1836, 9th 1837, 10th (2 sizes) 1840. Specialist spoonmaker. Possible connection with Eley, Fearn & Chawner who were neighbours at his 1728 address at Lovels Court.

His work was always of good quality.

Object Literature

12 large spoons 1108 grams, length 22 cms
12 large forks 1144 grams, length 20 cms
10 dessert forks 659 grams, length 17.5 cms
12 dessert spoons 806 grams length 17.8 cms
11 tea spoons 389 grams, 14.25 cms

Object Condition

This comprehensive set of cutlery is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All pieces have good, clear silver marks. The spoon bowls are in good order with some light scratching. The shells on the reverse show some wear.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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