Elkington and Co Sterling Silver Brightly Engraved Fish Servers Hallmark 1903 Antique presented in a blue velvet and silk lined wooden case 12 inch
A beautiful antique set of sterling silver fish servers by the renowned maker, Elkington & Co, presented in a blue velvet and silk lined wooden case. The blue silk on the inside of the lid has a gilded Elkington and Co crown trademark in the centre. The case has an external covering of gilded black leather. This is a great looking and very useable antique pair of silver fish servers with the upper faces brightly engraved with a very decorative floriate scrolling design.
Each item is fully and clearly hallmarked with the sponsors mark E & Co Ld. for Elkington and Company limited. The assay office mark of the anchor for Birmingham. The lion passant for 925 Sterling silver and the date code "d" for the year 1903 - 1904.
The knife is 12 inches (30.5 cm) overall length, the blade is 7 3/8 inches (18.7 cm) long and 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) wide. The fork is 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm) overall length the five tined fork blade is 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) long and 1 15/16 inches (5 cm) wide. There are decorative cast floriate sterling silver ferrules to the carved bovine bone handles. The knife and fork weigh a total of 295 grammes unpacked and 634 grammes when boxed.
The company of Elkington and Co was founded in 1836 by George Richards Elkington and his brother, Henry and they were based in Newhall Street, Birmingham with showrooms at 22, Regent Street, London. They operated under the name G.R Elkington until 1842 when a third partner, Josiah Mason joined the firm. It then operated as Elkington, Mason & Co until 1861 when the partnership with Mason was terminated. The firm subsequently operated independently as Elkington & Co from 1861-1963. They were the most important silver plate maker in the U.K.
This is a great-looking pair of antique silver cutlery, the silver is in very good condition with some minor marking and wear to the tips of some blades commensurate with age and use. This quality antique cutlery is ideal for both display and also very suitable for use.