Antique Silver Old English Shell Pattern Flatware Service made in 1833
Added on 15 January 2021
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1833
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: William Eaton
STOCK CODE: FA249x30
A fine and rare extensive early 19th century flatware service all made by William Eaton of London in 1833.
This wonderful service is in an unusual configuration of Old English shell pattern. The service is plain on the front but on the back there is a bold shell. All pieces are engraved with the same family crest.
The service would have been made for the Scottish family (Molleson or Mollison) as the motto “Fax Mentis Honestae Gloria” is placed above the crest of a Moors head (English family mottoes would be placed below). The English translation of the motto is “Glory is the torch that leads on an honourable mind”. This motto was used by Henry Frederick Prince of Wales (1594 – 1612) who was the eldest son of James VI and I, King of Scotland and England and also all Baronets of Nova Scotia from 1625.
The service is in quite superb condition and of a beautifully heavy gauge (for example, the tablespoons weigh about 3.25 troy oz each and the table forks about 3 troy oz).
A very fine and rare service for 18 place settings, all the same date and maker, which is rare to find in a service nearly 170 years old (two butter knives added in 1853).
The service also has the unusual addition of 12 toddy ladles (a great rarity – we have only ever encountered one other complete set).
The service can be bought without the knives or they can be changed for a different pattern.
18 table forks
18 dessert spoons
18 dessert forks
6 tablespoons for serving
6 table forks
2 basting spoons
2 soup ladles
2 sauce ladles
4 condiment spoons
1 fish slice
2 butter knives (1853 by George Adams)
12 toddy ladles
In addition, the service has the following knives with silver handles and stainless-steel blades, made about 50 years ago.
18 table knives
18 dessert knives
Total 163 pieces
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