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60 piece Fiddle Canteen by Lias

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60 piece Canteen – Fiddle Pattern (12 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1823-72 by Lias & Son – Weight: 3210 grams (103.2 tr.oz.) - Ref. No.: ZL/5647

60 piece Fiddle Canteen by Lias

  • Suggested knife accompaniments


60 piece Fiddle Pattern Canteen, London 1823-74 by Lias & Son


The Service

We are pleased to be offering a rare opportunity to buy a top quality, silver 12 place settings canteen in Fiddle Pattern with all the spoons and forks made in the same silversmithing workshop and every item being in excellent polished condition with no engravings.


The service provides for the five standard pieces per 12 place settings.


All the spoons and forks were hand wrought in London and made by the premier flatware specialist Lias & Son between 1823 and 1874. The majority of the service is made up of runs of 6 (e.g. the dessert forks comprise a set of 6 from 1851 and another from 1853) and each dozen match extremely well together, so that it is only by studying the hallmarks that the difference in dates made can be spotted.


The soup spoons in this service are in the standard oval bowled form of the 19th century where soup was supped from the side of the bowl – these table spoons are also useful for serving purposes. The teaspoons are 5.75” long and can also have a dual purpose for use with certain desserts (e.g. mousse and creme brulee).


Fiddle Pattern

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.


The Maker

All the spoons and forks were hand wrought in London by the specialist flatware makers, Lias & Son. In 1823 and 1831 when the twelve teaspoons were made, the partnership consisted of John Lias and his two sons Henry and Charles (maker’s mark IL/HL/CL). By the time all the forks were made (early 1850’s), the partnership comprised of Henry and his own son, also called Henry (HL/HL). Also by this date, the firm was noted to have stood at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and were displaying all manner of silver articles.



This 60-piece service consists of the following:

12 Table/soup Spoons      22cm

12 Dessert Spoons        18cm

12 Table/dinner Forks      20cm

12 Teaspoons                14.7cm

12 Dessert  Forks               17.5cm



Total weight of silver 3210 grams (103.2 troy ounces).


Optional Extras

We have a huge stock of fiddle pattern by a variety of makers and could either add extra pieces to this service or supply serving items to complement it.


In our opinion, the most appropriate silver handled knives to accompany this service would be Old English pattern (as shown in the final photo). We can generally supply these from stock as second-hand or we can supply them new.


Further details can be provided on request.



Excellent polished condition with no engravings throughout.

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