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An exceptionally fine George III Silver Gilt Dessert Service made in London in 1796 by William Eley & William Fearn


The set numbers thirty, 30, pieces - ten place settings. The set was made in London in 1796 by William Eley & William Fearn, the knives being made by the specialist knife maker, Moses Brent in the same year. The spoons and forks are made in the Old English Thread pattern and are single struck. All are in excellent condition and are very well marked. All pieces are engraved with a contemporary Crest. The knives would always be made by a specialist knife maker and the handles have an unusual octagonal form and are decorated with an upper vertical lobed section and lower reeded bands. The blades are also silver and are in excellent condition. It was the fashion in the 18th century to eat dessert with silver gilt flatware, following on from the tradition at the Royal Court in pre Revolutionary France.

Length of Spoons: 6.8 inches, 17cm.

Length of Forks: 6.6 inches, 16.5cm.

Length of Knives: 8.5 inches, 21.25 cm

Total Weight: 55oz.