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.