Set of 12 Eighteenth Century Antique Silver George III Old English Pattern Dessert Forks made in 1786 -1798


Set of 12 Eighteenth Century Antique Silver George III Old English Pattern Dessert Forks.

Date 1786 - 1798
Made By George Smith, George Smith & William Fearn
Location London
Stock Number FA256x26
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1786 - 1798
Maker: George Smith, George Smith & William Fearn

A good rare set of 12 eighteenth century George III period silver dessert forks in the old English pattern made in London in 1786 -1798 all by George Smith and William Fearn and George Smith (alone).

5 dessert forks are 1786 by Smith and Fearn, 2 1796 Smith and Fearn, 2  1797 and 3 1798 all George Smith alone.

The forks are in excellent condition and sets of eighteenth century dessert forks are increasingly hard to find.

Dimensions. length 16.2 cm.

Weight, 14 troy oz.


George Smith

George Smith III and IV. The number of London silversmiths called George Smith in the 18th century is very confusing. The spoon makers were father and son, and are generally referred to as George Smith III and IV, and were unrelated to I, II, V & VI. Both used the mark “GS”.

George Smith III was apprenticed to Thomas Chawner in 1765, turned over to Pierce Tempest, freedom unrecorded. 1st mark as spoon maker 1774. Second to fifth marks 1774, 1775, 1776, 1776, 1778. Sixth (2 sizes) 1780. Seventh (5 punches) 1782. Eighth in partnership with William Fearn, 1786. His son, George Smith IV, was apprenticed to William Fearn in 1786 and worked from 1799 – 1807.

George Smith & William Fearn

George Smith III and William Fearn became partners in 1786 and remained so until around 1792.

The maker’s initials for William Fearn first appeared around 1772, although he was apprenticed to Thomas Chawner in 1762.

George Smith III and George Smith IV were father and son. It is believed that William Fearn was made bankrupt in 1777.

Later he also worked with William Eley and William Chawner.

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