Presented is a wonderful quality set of English ivory and celluloid handled knives including both dinner and luncheon sized knives and a full carving set. The dinner knives have ivory handles and stainless steel blades, while the luncheon knives and the carving pieces have celluloid handles and the old silver plated carbon steel blades. The entire set is very well made with a high quality pin construction. The blades are attached with a steel shaft that goes all the way into the handles and is secured with a pin, so they are in no danger of coming out. The set comes in the original fitted box. This is a fabulous oak box with a plaque on the inside marked with the English seal of the Order of the Garter. The top part of the box lifts out, and there is a large compartment underneath where forks and spoons can be stored, so this set could easily be expanded. The lid is inlaid with a brass shield that has never been monogrammed or engraved. The set was made in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
The set includes: 12 dinner knives: 10 inches 12 luncheon knives: 8 5/8 inches Sharpener: 11 5/8 inches Large carving knife: 13 ½ inches Medium carving knife: 12 ½ inches Carving fork: 10 3/8 inches
The large ivory dinner knives are marked on the blades with Walker & Hall, Non-Stain Steel, Sheffield. The blades on the luncheon knives are marked Best Steel Robert F. Mosley, Sheffield. The carving knife blades are marked Shear Steel, Robert F. Mosley, Sheffield.
The condition is excellent. The ivory handles are in great shape. A couple of them have minor stress lines, but this is only noticeable upon close inspection. There are no major cracks. All of the blades are very secure. The box has surface wear and a few little splits here and there, but it has done a good job of protecting the set. The inset brass plaque on the box has lifted up slightly. There are no chips, no major cracks, no breaks, and no repairs.
Item ID: 31471
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