Antique Silver Victorian Bead Pattern Table Knives & Dessert Knives made in 1870


12 Victorian silver bead pattern table knives and 12 Victorian silver bead pattern dessert knives.

Date 1870
Made By George Adams, Martin Hall & Co
Location London & Sheffield
Stock Number FA248x15x16
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Maker: George Adams, Martin Hall & Co

12 Victorian silver bead pattern table knives and 12 Victorian silver bead pattern dessert knives.

The table knives are made in 1870 by George Adams of London and the dessert knives by Martin Hall and Co of Sheffield.

The table knives bear the crest of Samuel Leo Schuster (“Im Gott Allein” – in God alone), who married the Earl of Orkney’s daughter. The dessert knives bear the crest of a mountain cat guardant passant which is for Pennington (Earls of Muncaster).

They have all been re-bladed to stainless steel in the 20th century and are in excellent condition (which is normally not the case with 150-year-old knives).

A lovely set which would go nicely with any bead or plain canteen of cutlery.

As with most 19th century knives, these knives should be hand-washed and are not suitable for the dishwasher.

Dimensions: length (of table knives) 25.7 cm, length (of dessert knives) 22.7 cm

George Adams

In 1840, George Adams joined the business that was founded in 1815 by William Chawner II (who was apprenticed to William Fearn in 1797). Free in 1804, he entered his first mark as spoon maker in 1808 in partnership with William Eley and William Fearn. The partnership was dissolved c. 1814 and William Chawner II entered his first mark alone in 1815.

After his death (1834) the business was continued by his widow Mary (née Burwash). Later, Mary Chawner took into partnership (1840) her son-in-law George William Adams (husband of her daughter Mary Ann), who, after her retirement (or death) managed the business as Chawner & Co and remained sole partner until 1883. In this year, Chawner & Co was sold to Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater (1883 – 1922, when the firm was absorbed by Francis Higgins & Son Ltd).

Chawner was the most important manufacturer of spoons and forks in London and participated in the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1862 International Exhibition.Their pattern book (c. 1875) is the reference for naming many of the patterns manufactured in the Victorian era. Chawner & Co were suppliers of important retail houses as Hunt & Roskell, R.& S. Garrard & Co, Elkington & Co (in most cases they overstruck the pieces with their own mark).

Martin Hall & Co

Martin, Hall & Co were Sheffield based manufacturing silversmiths, electroplated manufacturers and silver, plated and steel cutlers.

The firm started in 1820 with the partnership of Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts, trading as Wilkinson & Roberts. Wilkinson left in 1846 and Roberts went into partnership with his former apprentice, Ebenezer Hall and became Roberts & Hall. Richard Martin and Joshua Hall (brother of Ebenezer) joined the partnership in 1854 and the firm became Martin, Hall & Co, converting to a limited company in 1866.

With a factory in Sheffield, they went on to open showrooms in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Sydney. As well as producing sterling silver and electroplated wares, they also had a successful (and much cheaper) line of products produced in their patented white metal called “Martinoid” – an alloy of white metals made to look like sterling silver but with no meltdown value.

They exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, the International Exhibition in 1862, the Sydney Exhibition in 1879, the Melbourne Exhibition in 1881 and the British Industries Fair in 1915.

It is not clear whether the business was sold to Frank Cobb & Co in 1932 or went into liquidation in 1936 when it was delisted.

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