Gerald Benney Table Service of Textured Silver Cutlery

Gerald Benney Canteen of silver cutlery
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61 piece Canteen - Textured (6 place settings) - London 1998 by Adrian Gerald Benney - Weight: 4630 grams (149 tr.oz.) + 13 silver handled knives - Ref. No. ZP/2628

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61-piece Textured Design Silver Canteen of Cutlery, London 1998 by Gerald Benney

The Service

We are pleased to be offering a wonderful modern 6 person canteen of silver cutlery made by the most important British silversmith of the late 20th century, Gerald Benney. The service provides nine pieces for six sittings and a range of serving items.

All pieces are hand-made and decorated with Benney’s trademark textured design that appears on the front and back. The 3-pronged forks are a nod to tradition (this form was used in the early 18th century), whist the presence of salad or starter forks and a side knife ensure the correct utensils are present for modern dining. 

Each piece has been made from a thick gauge of silver and consequently has a tremendous hefty weight in the hand. They just ooze the very highest quality – for example a standard silver dinner fork will weigh about 70 grams, a top quality Victorian dinner fork from a fancy pattern about 100 grams, but the dinner forks in this set weigh an amazing 125 grams each!

The table and dessert knives in this set are fitted with stainless steel blades which blend nicely in to the silver handles, and the side knives are solid silver throughout. There is a good range of serving items with two generous large serving spoons and forks, a very useful sauce ladle and cheese knife, plus a tremendously impressive soup ladle (weighing 330 grams!).

Using this set really would be dining in the very finest style!

Gerald Benney

Using the makers mark AGB, Adrian Gerald Benney (1930-2008) is acknowledged as one of, if not the most important British silversmith of the late 20th century.

Benney lead the British modernist design movement in the 1960’s that began to move away from the minimalist Scandinavian influence of clean lines, towards an abstract decorative effect. It is said that his trademark textured finish came as a result of using a damaged hammer head whilst raising a piece of silver and liking the resultant effect. His work inspired contemporary silversmiths such as Stuart Devlin and Christopher Lawrence and his legacy will no doubt be equal to those of Ramsden, Storr and other premier silversmiths from history whose names have endured the test of time.


This 61-piece service consists of the following:

6 Starter/Salad Forks       16.5cm

6 Dessert  Forks             19cm

6 Side/Butter Knives         14cm

6 Tea or Coffee spoons   13cm

6 Table/Soup Spoons       21.5cm

1 Soup Ladle                   28cm

6 Table/Dinner Knives     24.8cm 

2 Serving Spoons            22cm

6 Table/Dinner Forks      21cm

2 Serving Forks              22cm

6 Dessert Spoons              19cm

1 Sauce Ladle                 17cm

6 Dessert Knives              22.4cm

1 Cheese Knife                19.8cm

Total weight of weighable silver 4630 grams (149 tr. oz.) plus thirteen silver handled knives.


Excellent polished condition. Appear to be virtually unused.


This canteen is offered within purple anti-tarnish cutlery rolls.

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.