Victorian 12 Person Silver Old English Pattern Cutlery Service by Chawner & Co

Victorian silver cutlery service Old English pattern London by George Adams
Victorian silver cutlery service Old English pattern London by George Adams DSCN8256 DSCN8258 DSCN8259


60 piece Canteen – Old English Pattern (12 place settings) - Hallmark: London 1840-82 by George Adams – Weight: 2930grams (94.2 tr.oz.) - Ref. No.: OB/3532

60-piece Old English Pattern Silver Canteen of Cutlery, London 1840-1882 by Chawner & Company

The Service

We are pleased to be offering 12 place settings of Victorian period silver cutlery service in Old English Pattern made by the most important flatware makers of the period. The service provides for the basic five pieces per 12 place settings. Knives are available as optional extras (see below).

All pieces were hand-wrought in London and bear mixed hallmarks for George Adams of Chawner & Company for the 1840-1882 period. The pieces benefit from having no personalised engravings and are in excellent polished condition throughout.

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 60-piece service consists of the following:

  • 12 Table/soup Spoons    22cm
  • 12 Table/dinner Forks     20.3cm
  • 12 Dessert Spoons        17.8cm
  • 12 Dessert Forks           17.5cm
  • 12 Teaspoons                14.2cm

Total weight of weighable silver 2930 grams (94.2 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. We maintain a good stock of knives and can supply 12 table and/or 12 dessert knives on request.


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


This canteen is offered within five new, navy blue, anti-tarnish cutlery rolls.


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.