Antique Silver Asparagus Tongs


Stock: 9827

Date: 1837

Maker: Mary Chawner

Country: England

An elegant pair of antique silver asparagus serving tongs with decorative pierced silver ends. Plain classic thread design which will...

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An elegant pair of antique silver asparagus serving tongs with decorative pierced silver ends. Plain classic thread design which will compliment most cutlery patterns.

Weight 203 grams, 6.5 troy ounces.
Length 26cm. Width 3.2cm.
London 1837.
Maker Mary Chawner.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the bar with lion mark only.


The tongs are in very good condition. Fully functional.

Maker Information

Maker: Mary Chawner

This family business was set up in 1815 by William Chawner and his silver workshop became the most dominant force in silver flatware production through the 19th century. Apprenticed to the William Eley and William Fearn partnership for 7 years from 1797, he became the third partner of this company in 1808. The experience from this top quality partnership provided him with the knowledge to set up his own workshop at 16 Hosier Lane, London to produce some of the finest quality silver spoons and forks of the period. William and his wife Mary, had a son William, who undertook his apprenticeship with his father, and a daughter Mary Ann. On his death in 1834 his widow Mary (also a spoonmaker) took over the business ready for her son William to take over however, in 1838, after completing his apprenticeship he instead entered the church. The family business therefore was left to the George Adams, husband of Mary Ann, to go into partnership with Mary Chawner from 3rd August 1840 until 23rd November of the same year. Under the leadership of George Adams the company flourished and became the most prolific producer of the very best quality silver flatware in a huge variety of patterns. The Chawner & Co. pattern book of circa 1875 is the basis for naming many of the more obscure patterns of the period. Illustrations from the pattern book can be found in Silver Flatware by Ian Pickford. Chawner and company continued trading until the 1880’s using the initials of the owner as it’s maker’s mark. It was sold to Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater in 1883, and carried forward in to the 21st Century via Francis Higgins Ltd. Wm Eley, Wm Fearn & Wm Chawner WE/WF/WC 1808 - 1815 William Chawner WC & W.C 1815 - 1834 Mary Chawner MC 1834 - 1840 Mary Chawner & George Adams MC/GA 1840 George Adams GA 1840 - 1883

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