George IV Fiddle Shell and Thread Sterling Silver Flatware Dinner Service for 12
This double-struck flatware service in fiddle, shell and thread pattern was variously made by William Eley, William Fearn and William Chawner I & II in London between 1809 and 1832, with the exception of the knives which were made in Sheffield by Aaron Hatfield (registered in Sheffield by 1812 though the assays indicate manufacture post-1840). Both the luncheon and dinner knives have old French blades in stainless steel: no bolsters, expertly replaced and in excellent condition. The knife handles are crested on one side, towards the bases, with a rampant lion.
The 89 piece service consists of twelve, seven-piece place settings: a 9″ tablespoon, 6 7/8″ dessert spoon, 5 1/2″ teaspoon, 8″ dinner fork, 6 1/2 salad/dessert fork, 8 1/2″ luncheon knife, and 10 1/4″ dinner knife, plus five serving pieces: two 12″ serving/stuffing spoons, a 7″ sauce ladle and two 4″ mustard ladles. The services comes in a high-polish mahogany, two-tiered flatware caddy with polished brass fittings. The caddy dimensions are below.
German SILVER Fish Set for 12 by H. MEYEN & Co. , BERLIN, c. 1910 .800 Silver
This is a very elegant, Continental fish service for 12 by Berlin silversmiths, H. Meyen & Co. The Art Nouveau influenced form of the cutlery is decorated, with classic raised and chased laurel-wreath banding, front and back, on the spatulate handles. Both the edges of the blades of the knives, and the base, below the tines of the forks are also decorated, with chased laurel banding on either side of the fronts. This lovely, classic fish service would make a very special wedding or anniversary gift for a couple who likes to set a beautiful table.
Marked: Stamped, on the back of each piece, with the crescent moon, crown, .800 (for .800 grade silver), a crowned head, and the makers’ stamp, “H. Meyen & Co”. The firm was in business from 1867 (pictured).
Measures: Knives: 9 1/2″ L Forks: 7 1/2″ L Weight: 1111 grams