84 piece Grecian Canteen, 1855/57

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84 piece Canteen; Grecian Pattern (12 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1855 - 1857 by George Adams; Weight: 4235 grams (136.2 tr.oz.) + 24 knives;Ref. No.: FF/8002d

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84-piece Silver Canteen of Cutlery, London 1855/57 by George Adams

The Service

We are pleased to be offering a fantastic quality 12-place settings silver Victorian period canteen in the sought after Grecian Pattern.

All the spoons and forks were hand-wrought in London by the very best flatware makers of the Victorian period – Chawner & Company and bear the GA makers mark of the owner, George Adams. The majority of pieces were made between 1855 and 1857 which was soon after the pattern was first designed in 1850 – each piece is stamped with an 1850 design registration kite mark to the lower end of the reverse stem. 

As antique knives rarely survive, the silver handled knives with stainless steel blades complementing this service date from the late 20th century and were made in Sheffield by CJ Vander. 

All pieces benefit from being in excellent polished condition with crisp decoration and no personalised engravings.

Grecian Pattern

Grecian Pattern was first produced by Chawner & Company in 1850 in readiness for the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace. The design is a good example of Victorian Gothic architecturalism and is a much sought after flatware pattern today. The best examples, as in the case of this service, have the decoration displayed on both sides of the stem (“double-struck”) and so a good thick gauge of silver is required in its production.


This 84-piece service consists of the following:

12 Table/dinner Knives       24.5cm

12 Dessert  Knives             21.5cm

12 Table/dinner Forks         21.5cm

12 Dessert Spoons             18cm

12 Table/Serving Spoons     22cm

12 Dessert  Forks              17.5cm


12 Teaspoons                     14.4cm

Total weight of weighable silver  4235 grams (136.2 troy ounces). Additional to this weight are the 24 silver handled knives.


This service is in excellent condition throughout with crisp decoration, full length fork tines and unworn spoon bowls. To find a Victorian service in this pattern and in this fabulous condition is quite a coup.


This canteen is supplied in seven new anti-tarnish cutlery rolls. These navy blue rolls have individual pockets and hold 12 items per roll.


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.