55 piece Boxed Old English Canteen, 1877

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55 piece Canteen; Old English Pattern (12 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1877 by George Adams; Weight: 2960 grams (96 tr.oz.) - Ref. No.: PQ/6558

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55-piece Boxed Silver Old English Pattern Canteen, London 1877 by George Adams

The Service

We are pleased to be offering a straight 12 place settings Victorian period silver cutlery service in Old English Pattern contained within its original oak box. The service provides for the basic four pieces per 12 place settings with a good selection of serving pieces. Knives are available as optional extras (see below).

All pieces were hand-wrought by the most important flatware maker of the Victorian period and bear hallmarks for London 1877 by George Adams of Chawner & Company. The pieces benefit from having no personalised engravings and are in excellent polished condition with no discernible wear and tear.

Old English Pattern

Old English Pattern was first introduced circa 1770 and has always been a very favoured pattern due to its elegant and simple form. It has been produced continually to the present day with a resurgence of popularity in the early 20th Century. 

The Maker

Chawner & Company was founded in 1815 by William Chawner, on the solid grounding of an apprenticeship and later partnership within the most important line of specialist spoon and forks makers dating back to the mid-18th century.

Chawner & Company became the largest and most important specialist silver flatware makers of the 19th Century. In 1840, George W Adams took over the business from his mother-in-law Mary Chawner and developed the company even further using his “GA” maker’s mark. They introduced new flatware patterns and fashioned silver for important private clients and high end retailers.

The company was prolific in their output and always produced the best quality silver flatware available. The spoons and forks were hand forged to ensure balance and durability, and were made from a good gauge of silver to give them a nice hefty weight in the hand. The reputation of Chawner & Company endures to this day and a canteen wrought by them will give maximum satisfaction.


This 55-piece service consists of the following:

12 Table/dinner Forks           20.4cm

4 Table/serving Spoons       22.3cm

12 Dessert  Forks                   17.5cm

1 Basting Spoon                   31cm

12 Dessert Spoons                  18cm

1 Sugar Shovel                    14.4cm

12 Teapoons                           14.3cm

1 Sugar Tongs                     14.4cm

Total weight of weighable silver 2960 grams (96 troy ounces).

Optional Extras

 If required, we can supply more Old English pattern dining and serving pieces by George Adams that will complement this service.

 Knives: Antique silver handled knives rarely survive in good order and so we recommend modern or new knives that are fitted with stainless steel blades:

 24 New Silver Handled Old English Pattern Knives (12 table & 12 dessert) - £1320


 Excellent polished condition with full length tines and unworn spoon bowls. A really nice set


This canteen is offered within its original oak wooden box with each piece having its own slot. There are a few scratches to the front of the box around the lock, but overall it is in great condition. The brass shield to the top is free from engravings and the original key is present.


As with all the canteens available from our web-site, we are happy to send a sample place setting for approval, on receipt of a fully refundable surety payment, prior to purchasing this canteen.