Presented is a great English Victorian ivory handled carving set in the original fitted box. Each piece has a beautiful carved ivory handle capped with an elaborate sterling silver finial decorated with flourishes and scrolls. The blades and tines are the old carbon steel. The steel should be cleaned within a few hours of use. The steel will rust if it is left in water or food substances for a prolonged period of time. These pieces cannot go in the dishwasher. Also, you should know that the steel blades will darken over time. This is the natural state of the steel. It is not a defect. The blades and tines are still perfectly clean and useable in their darkened state. The set comes in the original fitted box. The box is very nicely made with fancy hinges and applied decoration.
The set includes: Small carving fork: 11 3/8 inches long Small carving knife: 13 1/8 inches long Large carving fork: 12 1/2 inches long Large carving knife: 15 3/8 inches long Sharpener: 13 7/8 inches long
Each piece is marked on the end cap with an English registry mark and a maker's mark of HH for Harrison Bros. & Howson. The English registry marks indicate a date of production around July 28, 1877. The blades on the knives are marked Harrison Bros. & Howson, Cutlers to Her Majesty. The interior of the box is marked Theodore B. Starr New York for the retailer.
The set is in good condition overall. The ivory handles have some splits as you can see in the photographs, but all of the pieces are structurally sound. It appears that the splits on the ivory handles have been professionally filled with some type of resin. The box has some surface wear, but it has done a good job of protecting the set.
Item ID: 36033
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