Boxed Albert Pattern Canteen, 1862

Albert pattern silver canteen of cutlery by George Adams
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42 piece Canteen - Albert Pattern (6 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1862 by George Adams - Weight: 3580 grams (115 tr.oz.) - Ref. No.: LQ/6588

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 42-piece Albert Pattern Canteen of Cutlery, London 1862 by George Adams

The Service

We are pleased to be offering an excellent quality antique silver dining service made in a very desirable pattern. This is a rare opportunity to buy a complete, Victorian period, boxed silver canteen in Albert Pattern. The service provides for five pieces per 6 place settings with some extra items, serving pieces and the opportunity to buy matching knives.

All the pieces were hand-wrought in the traditional manner and made by the premier specialist silver flatware maker of the 19th century – George Adams of Chawner & Company. This is a straight service with all pieces made in London, in the same year, by the same maker.

There are some extra forks which could prove useful, plus an array of large serving items – the soup ladle is a whopper!

All the pieces in this attractively presented set bear an original engraved crest to the front terminals and have crisp, double-struck decoration.

Albert Pattern

Albert pattern is considered a member of the King’s pattern family of flatware patterns. It has the same shape to the handle, although the style of decoration is completely different. The other shared feature with King’s pattern is the substantial gauge of silver required for the double-struck decoration (i.e. patterned to both sides) and the consequently hefty weight in the hand.

Albert Pattern was designed in the late 1830’s and named in honour of Queen Victoria’s husband, the Prince Consort. It is in the Victorian rococo revival style and is one of the most sought after patterns of the 19th 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 42-piece service consists of the following:

10 Table/dinner Forks     21cm

Soup Ladle             34cm

10 Dessert  Forks            17.8cm

Basting Spoon        31cm

6 Table/Soup Spoons     23.3cm

Sauce Ladle           18cm

6 Dessert Spoons          18.2cm

Sugar Tongs          14.7cm

6 Teaspoons                  15cm


Total weight of weighable silver 3580grams (115 troy ounces).  


We have six matching table and dessert knives in the Albert Pattern made by the prestigious Garrard & Co. and with their silver handles hallmarked for London 1970. These make an excellent accompaniment to the Victorian canteen and are available on request with this service - see final image. They are presented within a cutlery roll and priced at £600 for the twelve knives.


Excellent original condition. The double struck decoration remains crisp throughout. The forks tines retain their original full and equal length and the spoon bowls are unworn. The box is generally fine, although there is a shrinkage crack across the top right side – see photo of box.


This canteen is beautifully presented in a Victorian oak box with each piece having its own slot. There are two brass carrying handles and the original key is present. The box measures 43cm x 27cm x 13cm.

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.