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Victorian Silverplate "Pretty Bit" Set

Victorian Silverplate "Pretty Bit" Set

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The Victorian era, named after England's Queen Victoria, lasted from the 1830's to the turn of the 20th century and was an era of abundance and beauty. An example of this abundance can be found by looking no further than a proper Victorian table setting with its myriad of distinct serving and cutlery pieces, including asparagus forks, (both serving and individual), bon bon spoons and tongs, lettuce forks, fish slicers, butter picks, berry and bacon forks, cheese scoops, tomato servers and a host of spoons - salt, demitasse, egg, bouillon, cream soup, grapefruit and orange - the list goes on and on.

From Victorian England, an absolutely exquisite set of serving pieces that are so lovely, we affectionately refer to them as "pretty bits"! Produced by Britain's premier silversmiths, Mappin and Webb, this gorgeous set includes a spreader, a jam spoon, a bread fork and an olive or pickle fork.

In the lush "La Regence" silver pattern, the set gives an elegant nod to French style while holding true to the Victorian passion for having a specific utensil for each and every item on the table.

Delight in the splendor of the Victorian era with this magnificent service - a treasure of lavish beauty and elegance.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent antique condition. Circa 1900. Measurements: Case - L: 9" x W: 6". H: 1.25"; Spreader - L: 7";  Bread Fork - L: 7"; Jam Spoon -  L: 6.25"; Olive/Pickle Fork - L:  7.5"

 

Learn More about Mappin & Webb

In 1810, Joseph Mappin founded an engraving business in Sheffield, England.  The business was eventually passed down to one of his sons (also named Joseph) who carried it on as a producer of cutlery.  Upon his death in 1841, the firm was managed by his son Frederick Mappin, who brought his brothers into the business, naming the firm Joseph Mappin & Co.

In 1846, the business changed its name to Mappin Brothers.  Its partners were the brothers, Frederick, Edward, Joseph and John Mappin.  In 1850, John left Mappin Brothers to establish a new firm originally trading under the name Mappin & Co, but changing its name in 1863 to Mappin & Webb to avoid confusion between the two firms. 

Mappin Brothers continued to operate until 1902 when it merged with Mappin & Webb to eventually become the premier silversmith of England.

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