9088. Antique Silver Forks - Price £695

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A set of Georgian sterling silver dinner forks for 12 people. In the traditional Old English and thread pattern. All with a hand engraved stag crest. Weight approx 800 grams, 25.7 troy ounces. Length 21cm. London 1795. Maker Thomas Wallis. These match the dinner forks in #9078 Georgian canteen of cutlery.

Biography - Thomas Wallis I, London silversmith, apprenticed to William Jones 1749, free 1756. 1st mark (2 sizes) as largeworker 1758. 2nd mark (2 sizes) 1763. Livery 1771. 

Thomas Wallis II, London silversmith, son of Billers Wallis victualler, apprenticed to Thomas Wallis I in 1771, free 1779. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1778. 4 marks as bucklemaker 1780-89. Livery 1791. 6th mark as plateworker  (2 sizes) 1792. 7th mark (6 punches) 1796. 8th mark (6 punches) 1801. 9th mark, 2 sizes, in partnership with Jonathan Hayne as plateworkers 1810. 10th mark, 3 sizes, 1817. 11th mark 1820. The partnership was dissolved in 1816 and in 1821 Jonathan Hayne entered his first mark. Died c,1818-22.

In 1836 Hayne’s son Samuel Holditch Hayne entered a new mark in partnership with Dudley Frank Cater (a former apprentice) as Hayne & Co., assuming full control of the firm after the death of Jonathan Hayne (1848).

This became Hayne & Cater and the firm was listed as merchants, manufacturers and wholesale silversmiths and silver spoon and fork makers from 1853 to 1864. Hayne continued the business after Cater's retirement (1864) trading as Samuel Hayne & Co.

The firm declared bankruptcy on 1865.

Condition - These sterling silver forks are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All pieces are stamped with full set of English silver hallmarks and have matching hand engraved crests. All matching
and fully functional.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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