42-piece Fiddle, Thread & Shell Pattern Canteen, London 1909 by Barnards
Fiddle, Thread & Shell Pattern
Fiddle, thread and shell is the most decorative version of the fiddle pattern making it's first appearance in the early years of the 19th Century. The double-struck nature of the decoration (i.e. on both sides) necessitates a good gauge of silver being required during manufacture. Pieces in this pattern are therefore always hefty in weight and thus it has been the reserve of the most wealthy. It is not a common pattern, but for those who could afford it has been popular and therefore adding to this service at a later date would prove relatively straight forward . It remains one of the most sought after of all the traditional patterns.
Barnards have been one of the most important English silversmiths for the past 200 years. They lay claim to be the oldest silversmiths in the world tracing their beginnings back to Anthony Nelme in circa 1680. The Barnard name first appeared in 1808 when Edward Barnard went into partnership with Rebecca Emes. A few years later the Barnard dynasty began and has remained a foremost force in UK silversmithing ever since. They are known for their high quality output that has been retailed through premier retail outlets throughout the world.
This six place settings canteen has the seven standard pieces for a traditional place setting and is a straight service. The spoons and forks would have been hand-made (rather than the inferior machine made method) and all the pieces are in excellent condition. Each piece bears an engraved crest depicting a stylised dolphin (testament to it's rich heritage) and has a hefty feel in the hand. The complementing knives for this service are silver handled and date from Sheffield 1942 by Cooper Brothers. The knives lack the crest. A range of matching serving items (sauce ladles, basting spoon and salt spoons) are available as additions.
Components and Measurements
This 42-piece service consists of the following:
Total weight of weighable silver 1865 grams (60 tr. oz.) (excludes knives)
This canteen is available loose or within anti-tarnish cutlery rolls (for a £40 surcharge).
Ref. No.: BC/8923
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.