60-piece King's Pattern Canteen, London 1854 by George Adams
We are offering a top quality same maker, Victorian period canteen in King's Pattern. All the spoons and forks within this service were made by Chawner & Company and bear the same engraved crest (except one teaspoon). The service provides for 12 place settings and we are able to offer extra pieces per place setting (by the same maker, but without the crest).
The items available are table spoons, table forks, dessert spoons, dessert forks and teaspoons. Modern complementing table knives and dessert knives in King's Pattern are available on request.
King's Pattern is the most well known and popular decorative patterns. It was based on an 18th century French design and became fashionable amongst the wealthy in the early years of the 19th Century. The design encompasses a shell to both sides of the handle terminal and reverse of the bowl, scrolls down the handle shaft with a honeysuckle motif to the centre. The double-struck nature of the pattern (i.e. pattern on both sides) ensures that a good gauge of silver was used in manufacture and therefore the majority of London-made pieces in this pattern have a hefty feel in the hand. The best quality King's Pattern was made in London, where it was hand-wrought and has a high relief to the decoration. Machine made King's Pattern from Sheffield is lower in relief and generally has a less interesting appearance and lighter weight.
All the spoons and forks within this canteen were made by Chawner & Company and marked with either the "GA" mark of it's owner - George W Adams or the "MC" mark of Mary Chawner (his predecessor and mother-in-law). Chawner & Company were the premier silver flatware making outfit of the 19th Century. They produced some of the finest spoons and forks from their Hosier Lane workshops. Each piece was hand-wrought in the traditional manner and are amongst the finest quality likely to be encountered. A brief biography of Chawner and Company can be found by clicking this link.
All sixty pieces within this flatware service are in excellent condition and were made by Chawner & Company. Forty eight pieces bear the mark of George Adams (mostly 1854 although some are slightly earlier or later) and the twelve teaspoons were made by Mary Chawner in 1837.
Each piece bears an engraved crest that is purported by descent to have belonged to Bishop Goodwin (see Wikipedia for more information). One teaspoon that is a perfect size match has been added to the service and bears a different crest.
The pieces were all hand-wrought by the leading specialist flatware maker of the 19th Century and consequently are of the highest quality and have a good solid feel in the hand.
Complementing modern King's Pattern knives are available on request.
Components and Measurements
This 60-piece service consists of the following:
Total weight of weighable silver 4345 grams (139.7 tr. oz.).
Excellent. All the fork tines are full length and spoon bowls retain their thick tips and are in fine condition throughout. The engraved crests are mostly crisp, but some are a little worn.
This canteen is offered loose (i.e. as seen in the photos), but anti-tarnish cutlery rolls can be supplied on request.
As with all the canteens available from our web-site, we are happy to send a sample place setting for approval, on receipt of a fully refundable surety payment, prior to purchasing this canteen.