When you dine at a table gleaming with silver, you are in fact experiencing an historic event.
Silver and crystal have added splendour to the world’s great occasions for more than three centuries.
Nothing else can set the scene for a banquet or an intimate dinner with such aplomb—which is why no head butler or maitre’d in charge of any fine dining, from a palace to a gourmet restaurant, would dream of setting the tables with anything but silver.
Not only is it elegant, but it can last for several lifetimes; equally importantly, it never becomes dated.
Flatware, as opposed to hollow-ware, was the name given to spoons and forks bought from the silversmith (they are different from cutlery, which were knives from a cutler). Silver flatware first appeared in the late-17th century.
By the 18th century the individual patterns had become defined, and they have remained almost unchanged ever since.
Old English was introduced as a ‘modern’ alternative to Rattail during the reign of King George III in the 1760s.
The original and standard Old English has the pip on the front of the fork but on the back of the spoon: this was because in those days tables were laid with the spoon turned over to face the table, for reasons of hygiene.
Our silver flatware is all English, of highest quality, in either solid silver, hallmarked in England, or English plated silver (35 microns).
Seven six-place settings (42 pieces). For different quantities, please ask.
Also available in silver plate under code: CP21BS10
RRP £4,096 delivery excluded. CCUK £2,579 including delivery