Antique Silver George III Dessert Service made in 1818-20 for The Earl of Thanet


Maker: Paul Storr

A rare George III antique silver fiddle thread pattern dessert service made by the Royal goldsmith, Paul Storr, for the 9th Earl of Thanet (Sackville Tufton).

Date 1818 - 1820
Made By Paul Storr
Location London
Stock Number Mi106x20
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1818 - 1820
Maker: Paul Storr

A rare George III antique silver fiddle thread pattern dessert service made by the Royal goldsmith, Paul Storr, for the 9th Earl of Thanet (Sackville Tufton).

Each piece of the service is engraved with the Earl’s crest.


24 dessert forks

24  dessert spoons

Total: 48 pieces.

The dessert forks are made in 1818 (four in 1820) and the dessert spoons in 1820.

The set is in good condition with clear marks and excellent patina.

The Tuftons were an immensely wealthy family who frequented the finest silversmiths, such as Paul de Lamerie and Paul Storr.

In the mid 1980s, one of the finest collections of Paul de Lamerie silverware owned by the Earls of Thanet was sold at Sotheby’s London.

It is interesting to note, that the 9th Earl, Sackville Tufton, spent much time in Vienna and France where this pattern of flatware was very popular.

The pattern is first found in France in the mid-18th century, but only really became popular in England in the early 19th century.

The style of this dessert service is known as “French style” as the spoons and forks turn the same way and were designed to be laid on the table face down (showing the crest), rather than the more common English way of lying on the front.

Dimensions: length (of dessert spoons) 17.2 cm, length (of dessert forks) 17.6 cm; weight 81 troy oz.

Paul Storr

Paul Storr is considered one of the most talented English silversmiths of the 19th century. His legacy of exceptionally well-crafted silver has found its way into museums and private collections worldwide, including at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace as well as in the V & A and the Metropolitan Museum in New York amongst many other leading collections.

He was born in London in 1771. He began his career in 1792 when he went into a brief partnership with William Frisbee (which didn’t last), and he entered his own mark in 1793. By the start of the 19th century, he had become one of London’s most renowned silversmiths and was receiving commissions from Royalty and the English aristocracy. His reputation was garnered through his mastery of the grandiose neoclassical style developed during the Regency period.

In 1797, he received his first major commission – a gold font for the Duke of Portland. He went on to create the “Battle of the Nile Cup” presented to Lord Nelson in 1799.

He entered into a working relationship with Philip Rundell in 1807 and became a partner in 1811, managing the workshops for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. He kept his own marks throughout this period and maintained his own workshop, but it was through his association with Rundell, Bridge and Rundell who had the Royal Warrant as Goldsmiths to George III that he was able to display his exceptional skill at transforming the ideas and designs of the Rundell’s designers.

By 1819, he felt he had lost a lot of his artistic freedom and he left Rundell to open his own shop and he soon began to enjoy the patronage he wanted. He soon needed a retail premises and he joined with John Mortimer to establish Storr and Mortimer on New Bond Street in 1822.

He retired in 1838 and died in 1844. He is buried in Tooting, London. He left an estate of £3,000.

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