Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons - Antique George VI (1938)

GBP 7,645.00

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Object Description

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George VI English sterling silver Old English pattern flatware service for twelve persons; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collection

The pieces of this exceptional, antique George VI sterling silver straight* flatware service for twelve persons have been crafted in the Old English pattern.

The anterior surface of each handle, excluding the table knives, is embellished with the contemporary engraved initial ‘C’.

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

The carving set, in addition to the table and dessert knives all retain the original composite handles.

This flatware service consists of 102 pieces:

Basic Service:
12 Table knives
12 Table forks
12 Soup spoons
12 Dessert knives
12 Dessert forks
12 Dessert spoons
12 Teaspoons
Additional Pieces:
4 Table/Serving spoons
6 Coffee spoons
Soup ladle
Pair of sauce ladles
2 Carving knives
2 Carving forks
Sharpening steel
The components of this canteen, including the original knives, were crafted by the Sheffield silversmiths Fattorini & Sons Ltd in 1938.

The original knives bear the maker’s mark ‘Fattorini & Sons Ltd, Bradford. Firth Stainless’ to the stainless steel blades; one knife bears no maker’s mark and has been crafted in the same size and style.

This Old English pattern canteen of cutlery can be purchased with plain sterling silver handled Old English pattern knives if so desired, for further information please contact Andrew Campbell directly.

This exceptional sterling silver English cutlery set is fitted to the original and impressive oak wood lift up lid and two drawer canteen box.

The box is fitted with brass drawer and carrying handles in addition to an oval cartouche to the lid, embellished with the identical engraved initial ‘C’ as that to the handles.

The lid and hinged drawer supports are inlayed with paralleling satin wood borders.

The interior of this impressive presentation box bears a single inset panel to the rim displaying the maker/retailer’s mark ‘Fattorini & Sons Ltd, Bradford’.

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

Table knife 23.5cm/9.3″
Table fork 19.1cm/7.5″
Soup spoon 19cm/7.5″
Dessert knife 20.5cm/8.1″
Dessert fork 17.3cm/6.8″
Dessert spoon 17.7cm/7″
Teaspoon 13.1cm/5.2″
Coffee spoon 12.7cm/5″
Serving/Table spoon 20.5cm/8.1″
Soup ladle 26.2cm/10.3″
Sauce ladle 15.6cm/6.1″

Total Weight
125 troy ounces/3888g (excluding the composite handled components)

Object History

Maker: Fattorini & Sons Ltd
Date: 1938
Origin: Sheffield, England

Object Literature


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Object Condition

This antique Old English pattern canteen of cutlery is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

There is some discolouration to the original composite handled knives, in keeping with age.

The engraved initial to each dessert knife has wear, in keeping with age.

The original carving set has wear to the blades and one handle bears a 1cm indentation; this does not affect the integrity or functionality of the set.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse surface of the Old English cutlery set and anterior surface of the fish service and servers are all very clear.

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