Sterling Silver George V Rattail Pattern Cutlery/Flatware Service made in 1923


A fine and extensive rattail pattern flatware service for twelve in fitted canteen table all made in Sheffield in 1923 retailed by Finnigans of Manchester.

Date 1923
Made By Finnigans Ltd of Manchester
Location Sheffield & Manchester
Stock Number FA227x11
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Maker: Finnigans Ltd of Manchester

A fine and extensive rattail pattern flatware service for twelve in fitted canteen table all made In Sheffield in 1923 retailed by Finnigans of Manchester.

This excellent 100 year old service is in lovely condition and still retains all its original knives with bone handles and stainless steel blades (stainless steel was a very new invention at this date).

The service is comprised of

12 round bowl soup spoons,

12 table forks,

12 dessert spoons,

12 dessert forks,

12 tea spoons,

8 table serving spoons,

2 sauce ladles,

1 soup ladle and a pair of carving knife rests (1921)

In addition the service has 12 bone handled table knives, 12 bone handled dessert knives.

The service has 12 mother of pearl and silver dessert knives and 12 mother of pearl and silver dessert forks.

It also has 12 fish knives and 12 fish forks with a pair of fish servers plus a four piece carving set (stainless blades not pictured) with bone handles and silver plated blades.

(All sterling silver inc mother of pearl fruit knives and forks) All bone handle items either stainless steel blades or silver plate)

Total 151 pieces


Finnigans Ltd of Manchester

In 1830 Benjamin Finnigan (who was first recorded trading as Brian B Finnigan) opened a workshop in Newton Street Mill, and a Finnigans shop in 15 Market Street, both in Manchester. Finnigans was originally known for the manufacturing of high quality dressing cases and travelling trunks.

Benjamin Finnigan registered marks with both Chester and London assay offices in 1830.

Benjamin Finnigan died in 1868. He was succeeded by his son William Finnigan, who continued  the family’s firm.

In 1879, William opened a Finnigans shop at New Bond Street, London. Relatively quickly, American millionaires such as the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers and the Fords joined the house’s customer base.

At this time they were still specializing in leather and saddlery, but they also diverged and started selling clocks, watches, and silverware.

Finnigans Ltd registered marks at the London, Sheffield, Chester and Dublin offices in 1901, and subsequently with the Birmingham Assay office in 1904.

In 1938, the fourth generation of the Finnigan family, Brian Finnigan took over as the firm’s manager. He gradually expanded the reach of the family business and built up a lucrative export market in the Caribbean, New York and Canada.

After the war, Peter Finnigan joined his cousin Brian in the company. Together, in the 1950s, they pioneered the new retailing trend of moving city stores to more suburban locations and moved Finnigans store in Manchester to Wilmslow.

In 1968, Finnigans closed its New Bond Street store in London. It continued to run as a family business until it shut down its last store in 1988.



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