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148 piece Lancashire Pattern Canteen, 1837

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£13,500.00

148 piece Lancashire Pattern Canteen (12 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1837 by Benoni Stephens & London 1894-99 by Carrington & Company – Weight: 11,500 grams (370 tr.oz.) + 24 knives - Ref. No.: AL/3005a

148 piece Lancashire Pattern Canteen, 1837












Details

148 piece Lancashire Pattern Silver Canteen of Cutlery, London 1837 and 1894

 

The Service

We are pleased to be offering an outstanding quality and extensive dining service in a very rare and unique flatware pattern. We have called it the Lancashire Pattern in homage to the provenance (see below).

 

The canteen will accommodate up to 12 place settings, plus we have plenty more dining pieces in stock. There is also a fabulous range of large serving items.

 

This silver service dates from 1837, the year the UK moved from the Georgian period in to the Victorian era. Every piece bears the same regimental crest with motto (see below).

 

All the spoons, forks and servers were hand-wrought by either the specialist flatware maker Benoni Stephens in 1837 or by Carrington & Company during the 1890’s. The interesting inscription on the large palette knife (see below), suggest that the whole service was overhauled in 1894 and pieces were either replaced or added to by Carrington & Company.

 

The large table spoons are the traditional oval-bowled soup spoon, but have the bonus of being ideal for serving purposes too. The teaspoons are a good large size and nowadays are often used for small portion desserts such as mousse and creme brulee.

The 24 table forks allow one dozen to be used in combination with the fish knives, whilst the othersare for the main course. The so-called fruit eaters are an extra bonus and allow flexibility to be used with either a dessert or starter.  

 

All the serving items are just a joy to handle as they have each have a satisfying hefty weight to them. The big spoons really ooze high quality, whilst the asparagus servers have a multitude of potential uses. The large palette knife is an extremely rare piece and gives wonderful evidence of the set’s provenance.

The silver handled table and dessert knives were all made by Carrington & Company and are fitted with best quality Sheffield-made stainless steel blades with “Carrington” engraved to the blades.

 

This is a superb dinner service with all pieces having a lovely feel in the hand and just exuding the best quality!

 

Lancashire Pattern

This pattern was made exclusively for the 20th Regiment of Foot, later Lancashire fusiliers, and as such we have named it Lancashire Pattern. Each piece has been made with dies that include the regimental badge to the terminals. It is an extremely rare pattern (we have never previously encountered a single piece) and this represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a complete service.

 

 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 each piece therefore has a hefty feel in the hand.

 

Provenance

This service bears the gartered crest and motto of the 20th Regiment of Foot. The motto reads: “Omnia Audax” (Daring in all things). Following the Childers Reforms of 1881, the regiment became known as the Lancashire Fusiliers and was based at the Wellington Barracks in Bury. The service was originally used in the officer’s mess.

 

The large palette knife in this service was made in London 1894 by Carrington & Co and bears the following engraved inscription:

“Officers Mess

1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

This knife was made from the silver handles

 of the cheese knives which had been in use

from 1837 – 1894”.

During the 1880’s and 90’s the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers were based in Ireland. Interestingly the battalion were stationed in Malta from 1901 and the fish knives bear Maltese 935 standard silver marks.

 

Components

This 148-piece service consists of the following:

12 Table/Soup Spoons       22.7cm

 Soup Ladle                                  36.5cm

12 Fish Knives                    22cm

2 Sauce Ladles                             19cm

24 Table/dinner Forks      20.7cm/21cm

2 Basting Spoons                         32cm

12 Table/dinner Knives     25.8cm

2 long handled Serving Spoons  28cm

12 Dessert Spoons              18cm

2 Salad Servers                             31cm

12 Dessert  Forks               17.7cm

Fish Slice                                      33cm

12 Dessert  Knives             22cm

Asparagus Serving Tongs            25cm

12 Teaspoons                     14.5cm

Butter Knife                                  20cm

12 Fruit/Starter Knives     21.5cm

Sugar Sifter Spoon                       12.5cm

12 Fruit/Starter Forks       19.2cm

2 Salt Spoons                                11.5cm

 

Palette Knife                                 35.5cm

The total weight of weighable silver is 11,500 grams (370 troy ounces). Additional to this weight are the 24 silver handled table and dessert knives.

 

Optional Extras

There are a large number of extra pieces from the original service available. This includes dining pieces in varying numbers and further large servers duplicating some of the above.

 

Condition

Excellent polished condition. This service has been restored and polished to an attractive, practical condition. The regimental crest is a little rubbed in places, but overall these pieces have survived well.

 

Presentation

This canteen is supplied in11 anti-tarnish cutlery rolls with each roll holding 12 items. The servers are supplied loose.

 

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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