90-piece Fiddle Pattern Canteen, London 1808-23 by William Eley and William Fearn
We are offering for sale a very rare opportunity to purchase a Georgian same maker fiddle pattern 18 place settings canteen. All the pieces in this canteen were made by the same maker over a fifteen year period spanning the Regency period and it comprises five pieces per eighteen place settings. Each piece is in superb polished condition with neither engraved initials nor crests.
Fiddle Pattern was the dominant flatware pattern of 19th Century Britain. It was by far the most popular pattern from 1810 until 1880. Production was largely discontinued in 1914, as the original dies for hand wrought fiddle pattern were destroyed during the First World War. As the pattern has rarely been made since, the design is distinctively 19th Century and is extremely popular today for people wishing to have antique cutlery.
Each piece was made by the most important silver flatware making specialists of the early 19th Century - William Eley & William Fearn and bear their partnership mark alongside the London hallmarks. Eley & Fearn were part of the most important spoon making dynasty in Georgian England with a pedigree going back to the middle of the 18th Century. Please see this link for more information.
This large Georgian service consists of all the basic place settings for dining with many pieces have several different potential functions. The oval bowled table spoons are the traditional shaped soup spoons, but can perform the dual purpose of serving as well. The dessert sized forks are also an ideal size for starter courses or as luncheon forks - for example they are perfect for salads etc. The teaspoons are in the larger size, which means that they are also multi-purpose in function and would be equally adept for eating mousse, sorbet and other desserts. Additional pieces for all items can be bought on request.
We have further items by the same makers in stock. We can augment any particular item, increase the number of place settings or provide serving pieces. We shall be happy to provide details on request.
Each piece bears London hallmarks for between 1808 and 1823. Eley & Fearn were the first specialists to make the Fiddle pattern following it's introduction from France in the early part of the 19th Century. These pieces therefore all date from the earliest years of fiddle pattern production.
Components and Measurements
This 90-piece service consists of the following:
Total weight of weighable silver 4200 grams (135 tr. oz.)
We shall be happy to offer advice on knives should they be required. We suggest that either new silver handled knives or early 20th century "bone" handled knives are the best options.
We have other fiddle pattern items by the same maker in stock, including table spoons, extra dessert forks, serving pieces etc.
Excellent. All pieces are in a beautiful polished condition with no engravings.
This canteen is offered loose (i.e. as seen in the photos), but can be supplied with anti-tarnish cutlery rolls on request. Eight will be required at a cost of £12.50 per roll.
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.
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