Silver Fiddle Pattern Canteen for 12 by Wm Eaton

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97-piece Canteen – Fiddle Pattern (12 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1829 - 45 by William Eaton – Weight: 4230grams (136 tr.oz.) + 24 knives - Ref. No.: WE/2809

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97-Piece Silver Fiddle Pattern Canteen, London 1829-44 by William Eaton

The Service

We are pleased to be offering a superb same maker Fiddle pattern canteen with 12 place settings. This silver service provides for seven pieces to all twelve place settings and a useful array of serving items.

All the spoons, forks and servers were hand wrought in London by William Eaton in the late Georgian and early Victorian periods (between 1829 and 1845). William Eaton was one of the premier specialist spoonmakers and his wares were always of the very best quality.

The dining items include traditional 9” long, oval-bowled table spoons that were the 19th century soup spoon and can double up as serving spoons, whilst the 5.75” long teaspoons are perfectly adequate for small portion desserts, such as mousse and crème brulee. With their heavy weight, the 8” dinner forks just ooze quality, whereas the smaller forks can be employed for either starter or dessert course. The set of six small spoons with shield-shaped bowls would originally have been used for egg, but are practicable as coffee spoons too.

Due to the condition issues associated with antique knives (blades rust and handles split), we are offering modern silver handled knives with stainless steel blades to accompany this service. They are top quality Sheffield-made pieces that have the same thread handles as original 19th century knives, that complemented the fiddle pattern, would have had.

There is a good selection of serving items with this service; the pair of 12” long basting spoons are especially pleasing and have all manner of serving uses. The 9.5” long serving slice is a particularly rare piece and would originally have been used as an ice cream server, but once again can be put to other good uses too. The beautifully pierced fish slice has a hefty and satisfying feel in the hand, whilst the three sauce ladles will be put to good use for serving sauces or gravy.

Fiddle Pattern

Fiddle Pattern was the dominant flatware pattern of 19th Century Britain. It was by far the most popular pattern from 1810 until 1880. Production was largely discontinued in 1914, as the original dies for hand wrought fiddle pattern were destroyed during the First World War. As the pattern has rarely been made since, the design is distinctively 19th Century and is extremely popular today for people wishing to own antique cutlery.


This 97-piece service consists of the following:

12 Table/soup Spoons        23cm

6 Egg/coffee Spoons      12cm

12 Table/dinner Knives   24.5cm

Pair Basting Spoons      31.5cm

12 Table/dinner Forks     20.6cm

Pair Sauce Ladles          18.8cm

12 Dessert Knives            21.5cm

Small Sauce Ladle         15.5cm

12 Dessert  Forks             17.6cm

Fish Slice                       33.5cm

12 Dessert Spoons            18cm

Serving Slice                 24cm

12 Teaspoons                   14.7cm


Total weight of weighable silver 4230 grams (136 troy ounces) + 24 silver handled knives.


Excellent polished condition with no engravings.


This canteen is offered in 8 new anti-tarnish cutlery rolls. These navy blue rolls have individual pockets to hold 12 items per roll. The four largest serving items are supplied in two matching blue pouches.

All of our canteens are offered with a full money-back guarantee. We are also happy to send a sample place setting for approval, on receipt of a fully refundable surety payment - just phone or email your preferences. Alternatively, in-person viewings are welcome by appointment or via Zoom.