Silver Canteen of Cutlery in a Box
Date: 1975 - 1976
Maker: James Dixon
A comprehensive set of sterling silver cutlery for 12 people in the elegant feather edge pattern. Total 129 pieces. All...
A comprehensive set of sterling silver cutlery for 12 people in the elegant feather edge pattern. Total 129 pieces. All in a fitted wooden box. No crests or initials. Weight excluding knives and carving pieces 5503 grams, 166.9 troy ounces. All matching Sheffield 1975/76. Maker James Dixon & Sons.
Literature: 12 dinner forks, 848 grams, 20 cms
12 dessert forks, 598 grams, 18 cms
12 fish knives,797 grams, 20.5 cms
12 fish forks, 684 grams, 19 cms
12 dessert spoons, 732 grams,17.5 cms
12 soup spoons,723 grams, 17.5 cms
12 tea spoons, 356 grams, 13.5 cms
12 coffee spoons, 231 grams, 12 cms
6 serving spoons, 534 grams, 20.5 cms
With sterling silver handles and metal blades
12 dinner knives, 24 cms
12 dessert knives 21.5 cms
3 piece carving set 33/32.5/27 cms
This useful set of sterling silver cutlery is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All pieces have a full set of matching English silver hallmarks (Sheffield 1975 and 1976) and are by the same maker. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: James Dixon
James Dixon, Sheffield silver maker, founded this family business in 1806 which became one of the major British manufacturers of Silver and Silver Plated wares during the 19th century. A world leader in manufacturing shooting accessories throughout the nineteenth century they exported powder flasks in large quantities to America. They were also known as whistle makers. Their registered trade mark since 1879 was a Trumpet with a Banner hanging from it. The firm exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, being awarded several prizes in different classes for silver and silver plate. Dixon's costing book of 1879 includes designs by Christopher Dresser, registered from 1880, and these were produced until at least 1885, according to the trade catalogue issued in that year. In 1920 the firm became a limited liability company and in 1930 they acquired the Sheffield firm of William Hutton & Sons Ltd. In the 1980s the firm had a financial collapse and the production in Cornish Place closed in 1992.
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