This set of .925 British Sterling silver flatware comes from Sheffield c. the 1890s (see hallmark). It was made by Roberts & Belk, which started in 1810 under a completely different name. During the period 1863-1901, the company was known as Roberts & Belk. It continued even to this day, being bought by C. J. Vander Ltd in 1961. The company that sold the pair of forks is Benetfink & Co., which was out of Cheapside, London. They specialized in electricplating (silverplating), but evidently also sold sterling flatware. The sterling silver is quite ornate. The forks have an arrow shape to them, with the neck twisting until it comes to an ornate floral pattern set in triangles. The remainder of the flatware is a faux ivory handle. Couched in gorgeous red, this set would make a fine addition to any collection or any dinner party.
Case L: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm) W: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) H: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Condition Description: The piece is in excellent condition. The box is a little worn due to age, but not terribly so. The lock for the case also does not work. This gives additional character to this otherwise remarkable set of sterling flatware.