Antique Silver Victorian Fiddle & Thread Cutlery / Flatware Service made in 1865-66


A rare same date (1865/1866) Victorian silver fiddle and thread pattern flatware service for 12 place settings.

Date 1865 - 1866
Made By George Adams
Location London
Stock Number FA283x13x14
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1865 - 1866
Maker: George Adams

A rare same date (1865/1866) Victorian silver fiddle and thread pattern flatware service for 12 place settings.

A lovely hand forged set which is unusual today being all of the same date (1865/1866) and by the same maker.

This excellent service – all made by George Adams of London – comprises:

12 table spoons

12 table forks

12 dessert spoons

12 dessert forks

12 teaspoons

4 extra table spoons (for serving)

1 soup ladle and a pair of sauce ladles

To complement this service there are:

12 table knives

12 dessert knives

The knives are modern to match.

Total 91 pieces.

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).

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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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