Antique English 12pr Fish Knives & Forks. Sterling Silver Handles & Blades. 1904

Antique English 12pr Fish Knives & Forks. Sterling Silver Handles & Blades. 1904

English, Sterling Silver Hallmarked, Fish Knives & Fish Forks For 12 People. The Handles & Blades On The Knives & The Forks Are All Hallmarked.

Knife Is 8.5″ Long. Fork Is 7.5″ Long.

12 Knives & 12 Forks.

The firm of Carrington was named after its founder John Bodman Carrington who established his manufacturing business at 130 Regent Street, and was listed as a silversmith, goldsmith and jeweller working from the London premises of the Birmingham silversmiths G.R.Collis & Co. The business was re-styled Carrington & Co in 1880 and the firm specialised in extra strong silver plate for use in restaurants, hotels and ships.

By the early 1890s Carrington were advertising themselves as jewellers, diamond merchants, dealers in precious stones and manufacturing silversmiths. At this time the partners were John Carrington, William Carrington Smith and George Bruford. They were awarded the Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria and would go on to gain the warrants of Prince Albert, Edward VII and George V, as well as Nicholas I and II and Queen Alexandra of Russia. In 1893 they created the beautiful Dorset bow brooch for Queen Mary and in 1911 they set the famous Cullinan diamonds numbers III and IV into a brooch/ pendant for her, a jewel now owned by the Queen who affectionately refers to them as ‘Granny’s chips’.

John Carrington became Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1903 and retired from his business in 1906 leaving W.C. Smith to continue as sole remaining partner. Carrington co-authored a book ‘The Plate of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ which was published shortly before his death in 1926. The firm was eventually bought out by the firm Collingwood.

Most if not all items are antique or used items, and as such nothing is ‘perfect’, but we always will describe any damage, repair, inscriptions, monograms etc to the best of our ability. Please ask any questions BEFORE purchasing any item. All weights & measurements are approximate, but as accurate as possible. All items are available to inspect, and pick up, at our Manhattan gallery. We do not ship to PO Boxes. We use Fedex Ground shipping, and a signature is required for delivery. Don’t forget we offer free ground shipping on mainland USA.