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Antique Silver Old English Shell Pattern Cutlery / Flatware Service made in 1833


A fine and rare extensive early 19th century flatware service all made by William Eaton of London in 1833.

Date 1833
Made By William Eaton
Location London
Stock Number FA249x30

Out of stock

Maker: William Eaton

A fine and rare extensive early 19th century flatware service all made by William Eaton of London in 1833.

This wonderful service is in an unusual configuration of Old English shell pattern. The service is plain on the front but on the back there is a bold shell. All pieces are engraved with the same family crest.

The service would have been made for the Scottish family (Molleson or Mollison) as the motto “Fax Mentis Honestae Gloria” is placed above the crest of a Moors head (English family mottoes would be placed below). The English translation of the motto is “Glory is the torch that leads on an honourable mind”. This motto was used by Henry Frederick Prince of Wales (1594 – 1612) who was the eldest son of James VI and I, King of Scotland and England and also all Baronets of Nova Scotia from 1625.

The service is in quite superb condition and of a beautifully heavy gauge (for example, the tablespoons weigh about 3.25 troy oz each and the table forks about 3 troy oz).

A very fine and rare service for 18 place settings, all the same date and maker, which is rare to find in a service nearly 170 years old (two butter knives added in 1853).

The service also has the unusual addition of 12 toddy ladles (a great rarity – we have only ever encountered one other complete set).

The service can be bought without the knives or they can be changed for a different pattern.


18 tablespoons

18 table forks

18 dessert spoons

18 dessert forks

18 teaspoons

6 tablespoons for serving

6 table forks

2 basting spoons

2 soup ladles

2 sauce ladles

4 condiment spoons

1 fish slice

2 butter knives (1853 by George Adams)

12 toddy ladles

In addition, the service has the following knives with silver handles and stainless-steel blades, made about 50 years ago.

18 table knives

18 dessert knives

Total 163 pieces

William Eaton

William Eaton was a specialist spoon maker. It is believed that, around 1828, he had a connection with the firm Eley, Fearn & Chawner whose premises were next door. His work was always of good quality.

Delivery Details

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Import restrictions are applicable to some destinations, especially the import of products containing materials such as ivory and tortoiseshell. We cannot accept orders requiring shipment to any countries which implement such controls.

All items are checked and photographed prior to packaging, and we aim to dispatch 1-3 days after receiving cleared payment.

Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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