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Antique Silver Rattail Pattern Cutlery / Flatware Service made in 1898-1924


A fine and rare antique silver rattail pattern flatware service for 12, with rare original knives made in 1898 - 1924 by D & J Wellby of London.

Date 1898 - 1924
Made By D & J Wellby Ltd
Location London
Stock Number Fa246x21F

Out of stock

1898 - 1924
Maker: D & J Wellby Ltd

A fine and rare antique silver rattail pattern flatware service for 12, with rare original knives made in 1898 – 1924 by D & J Wellby of London.

The knives are made by Francis Higgins & Sons.

The service comprises of:

12 tablespoons

12 table forks

12 dessert forks

12 dessert spoons

12 coffee spoons

12 table knives

12 dessert knives

1 soup ladle

2 sauce ladles

2 basting spoons

Pair of fish servers

Total pieces: 91

D & J Wellby Ltd

On 5th December 1827, Joseph Clement and John Wellby made an insurance policy for 57 King Street, Soho, where they are described as refiners and jewellers with workshops.

John Wellby, who appears to have taken over the business by 1834, is described in 1836 as having carried on a considerable business for some time as a refiner. In 1841, he is listed at the same address as a gold and silver refiner, and in 1852 as a gold and silver refiner and the proprietor of an exchange office.

The firm was subsequently continued by Daniel Wellby and John Wellby at their “manufactory”, 57 King Street, Soho Square. They later moved to 20 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, WC, whereby in 1897 they are listed as diamond merchants, wholesale jewellers and dealers in plate.

In 1896/7, the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style of D. & J. Wellby Ltd. at 18 and 20 Garrick Street, WC, dealers in gold, silver, platinum etc., assayers, refiners, jewellers, etc., with D. Wellby, J.H. Wellby, Edward Henry Wellby and Howard Wellby as directors. The directors are subsequently recorded as J.H. Wellby and E.H. Wellby, with H. Wellby as secretary. Remaining at Garrick Street until c. 1965, D.& J. Wellby Ltd. moved to corner premises, 30 Dover Street and 1 Hay Hill, W1, where they took over the business of Boswell and Ward, antique dealers.

The business closed in 1973/4. In 1902, the firm purchased the stock and goodwill of the jewellers, Phillips Brothers & Sons of Cockspur Street.

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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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