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John Walter


John Walter is the managing director of William Walter Antiques Ltd. He is the grandson of our founder, William Walter, so the company is now run by the third generation of the family.

He began his connection with the company after studying Classics and Archaeology at university in the early eighties, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Georgian silversmiths, makers marks and early silver. He is a respected dealer and is constantly asked by other shop owners for his opinion on their pieces.

John is fuelled by his passion for silver and will spend hours matching up cutlery for a client if they have lost an item or want to add extra pieces to their service.


Of historic importance, the finest set of fully hallmarked Tudor period apostle spoons remaining in private hands and the most significant Tudor period silver to appear on the world market this century. The magnificent “Swaythling Set” is comprised of six Henry VIII and six Mary I parcel-gilt apostle spoons.

The spoons are believed to have been presented by Charles II to Martha Clayton, the wife of Sir Robert Clayton, Lord Mayor of London, who was later director of the Bank of England.

The six dated 1524 have the maker’s mark of a heart attributed to Robert Amadas and the six dated 1553 have the maker’s mark of a crescent enclosing a mullet attributed to Nicholas Bartholomew.

All the spoons have pear-shaped bowls with scratch weights and conjoined initials “MC” below inscribed tapering hexagonal stems and gilt terminal figures – each with emblem and pierced rayed nimbus.


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