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Antique Sterling Silver Art Deco Cutlery/Flatware Service made in 1936-37


A very stylish Art Deco antique sterling silver cutlery/flatware service for eight place settings, all made in 1936-37 for Harrods of London.

Date 1936 - 1937
Made By Elkington & Co, Harrods of London, Richard Woodman Burbidge
Location London
Stock Number FA254x8

Out of stock

1936 - 1937
Maker: Elkington & Co, Harrods of London, Richard Woodman Burbidge

A very stylish Art Deco antique silver cutlery/flatware service for eight place settings, all made in 1936-37 for Harrods of London.

The service has the makers mark of Richard Woodman Burbidge (who was the chairman of Harrods at the time).

The knives, specifically made for this service, were made by Elkington of Birmingham.

The service comprises:

8 soup spoons

8 table forks

8 dessert spoons

8 dessert forks

4 table spoons (serving spoons)

A pair of sauce ladles

Complementing this are eight table knives and 8 dessert knives with stainless steel blades.

Total: 54 pieces

A lovely set in excellent condition.

Elkington & Co

Elkington & Co. was a silver manufacturer from Birmingham, England. It was founded by George Richards Elkington and his brother, Henry Elkington, in the 1830s.

It operated under the name G. R. Elkington & Co. until 1842, when a third partner, Josiah Mason, joined the firm. It operated as Elkington, Mason, & Co. until 1861, when the partnership with Mason was terminated.

The firm operated independently as Elkington & Co. from 1861 until 1963. It was then taken over by British Silverware, Ltd. In 1971 British Silverware, Ltd. became a subsidiary of Delta Metal Co. Ltd.

Over the course of history, it became very successful and was one of the prime producers of silver plating. Elkington received various royal warrants of appointments, and an Imperial and Royal Warrant of Appointment from the emperor of Austria.

One of their most famous pieces is the electrotype copy of the Jerningham Wine Cooler at the Victoria & Albert Museum.One of the most important 19th century Silversmiths finally dissolving in the late 1960s.

Harrods of London
Richard Woodman Burbidge

Most of us have heard of Richard Woodman Burbidge (1872 – 1945) and seen some of the wonderful silver creations that bear his mark. Above image © National Portrait Gallery, London.

The Burbidge Baronetcy, of Littleton Park, Middlesex is a title in the Baronetage of England. The Baronetage was created on 25 January 1916 for Richard Burbidge. Richard Burbige was managing director of Harrods from 1890 to 1917. During his time managing Harrods shorter working hours were introduced for the staff and their benefits were increased. He was said to be a firm but fair boss. Richard Burbidge married Emily Woodman. Their eldest son, Richard Woodman Burbidge joined Harrods in 1893. He eventually became chairman of Harrods and the 2nd Baronet. On 2 September 1896 Richard married Catherine Grant.

Richard Woodman Burbidge’s name is synonymous with high quality silver and it is inextricably linked with the world’s leading luxury department store, Harrods, which is located on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London. At this time the Harrods silver workshops were located at Trevor Square. Richard Woodman Burbidge was also the president of the Incorporated Association of Retail Distributors. In 1919 Burbidge was awarded Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) From this time he was known as Sir Woodman or Sir Richard.

Perhaps the easiest way to build up a picture of this extraordinary man is to discuss the Harrods-Selfridge Wager Prize. On January 4 1917 Richard Woodman Burbidge made a private wager with the owner of Selfridges, Harry Gordon Selfridge. In this extract taken from a letter written by Gordon Selfridge the terms are described….”Jan. 4th, 1917 Wagered Mr. Woodman Burbidge that within six (6) years after declaration of peace we would overtake and pass Harrods Ltd. in annual returns. The stake is to be a silver miniature replica of the loser’s store. H. Gordon Selfridge.”

Burbidge won the wager and he wrote to Selfridge to claim his prize. However, he quite sensibly requested that the prize be a replica of his own store, Harrods. Selfridge agreed but stipulated that the Harrods silversmiths should create the piece. At a cost of £400 the Harrods workshop created The Harrods-Selfridge Wager Prize – a silver cigar box in the form of a to scale architectural model of Harrods Department Store. Burbidge sent the invoice to Selfridges. It is said that this spectacular piece sat on Burbidge’s desk for many years and who would not want to gaze at this?  His son Sir Richard Grant Woodman Burbidge (1897-1966) also kept the model on display on his desk. He succeeded his father as managing director in 1935 and chairman in 1945. The model bears the mark of Richard Woodman Burbidge for Harrods, London assayed in 1927. The domed part of the roof opens to reveal a wood lined compartment for cigars. It is 24 inches wide, 21 ¼ inches long and 6 ⅞ inches high.

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