Antique Silver Victorian Fiddle Thread & Shell Cutlery / Flatware Service made in 1900-01


A very fine Victorian silver flatware service for 10 place settings, all made in 1900-01 by Walker & Hall of Sheffield (teaspoons made in 1876 by George Adams of London).

Date 1900 - 1901
Made By Walker & Hall
Location Sheffield
Stock Number FA248x2
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1900 - 1901
Maker: Walker & Hall

A very fine Victorian silver flatware service for 10 place settings, all made in 1900-01 by Walker & Hall of Sheffield (teaspoons made in 1876 by George Adams of London).

The service is in superb condition with very crisp decoration and heavy weight. It also has the benefit of small sized soup spoons (approximately 1.5 to 2 cm smaller than the average Victorian soup/table spoon).


10 soup/table spoons

10 table forks

10 dessert spoons

10 dessert forks

10 teaspoons

10 table knives

10 dessert knives

2 sauce ladles

1 soup ladle

1 basting spoon

74 pieces in total.

There are 10 table knives and 10 dessert knives with silver handles and stainless steel blades to match of a later date.

Walker & Hall

Walker & Hall were Sheffield based silversmiths making their fortune with electroplating, cutlery and silver from the mid-19th century until they closed in 1971.

The company started with a Britannia metalworker – John Harrison – who took the first licence in Sheffield from Elkingtons to make electroplated wares. He sent George Walker to Birmingham to learn the new process. On his return to Sheffield, George decided to set up his own business and entered into partnership with Samuel Coulson in 1845. They obtained their own electroplating licence but did not start manufacture immediately. When they did, they were joined by Henry Hall and they started trading as Walker & Hall in 1853.

When Sir John Bingham joined them in 1852 they had fewer than 20 employees, but by 1894 they had grown to 1500 workers. Sir John Bingham was a master publicist and they appear to be the originators of the false story that George Walker had been an assistant of Dr. John Wright, the surgeon who had invented the electroplating process and so could claim to be a co-inventor. The story has made it into many texts as fact.

They were very successful and went on to open showrooms in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, Hull, Bristol as well as in Australia (Melbourne and Adelaide) and in South Africa (Cape Town).

They became a limited company in 1920 under the name Walker & Hall Ltd, and their “Electro Works” building dominated the Sheffield skyline until it was bombed in the Sheffield blitz in 1940. They managed to rebuild and continued production until 1963. In that year, they combined with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co to form British Silverware Ltd.

They shut down as a manufacturer in 1973, although the brand was later revived as a retailer.

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Delivery Charges:
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For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
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