This is a fantastic fifty-seven piece canteen of silver plated cutlery bearing the hallmarks of the renowned silversmiths S. Roberts & Co and William Bateman with silver hallmarks for 1889 and 1890.
The fitted mahogany cabinet has a lift up lid with two drawers beneath and is complete with the original lock & key.
The fish set features decoative shaped handles and hallmarked sterling silver collars with engraved silver plated tines and blades while the dessert service has mother of pearl handles with hallmaked sterling silver collars and engraved blades and tines.
The complete set comprises:
12 fish forks
12 fish knives
12 dessert forks
12 dessert knives
2 Berry Spoons
2 pairs of nutcrackers
2 Nut picks
1 Sugar spoon
1 Sugar sifting spoon
1 pair grape scissors
This is a fabulous set which will gracefully adorn any table.
In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 20.5 x Width 47 x Depth 34
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8.1 x Width 18.5 x Depth 13.4
Mahogany is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in shipbuilding, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th-century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Our reference: 08776E