1844 Presentation Mother Of Pearl Set

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A cased set of antique circa mid 1800s mother of pearl and silver plate forks and knives with sterling silver ferrules. This was originally a service for 12 but unfortunately one fork is missing. What makes this set so special is the original presentation box with inlaid mother of pearl on the top. The mother of pearl inlay has been engraved to read “presented April 1844 by a few of the ladies of Radford to the Rev. W Sandford as a small token of the high estimation they hold his services as a minister in their deep regret at his departure.”

The flatware is in good condition for it’s age; small signs of use in the way of surface scratches and mild to moderate wear to the silver plating on the very edges of most pieces, no damage to the mother of pearl aside from knife handles that shows signs of old repair and one handle that has a chip on the very end (The last photo shows a close-up of these three knife handles). The case is missing it’s original key, and show some signs of very old repairs to the joints, but is otherwise in great condition for its age.

There are 12 knives and 11 forks total. Forks measure 6.25” long and knives 7.25” long. Because of the small size these were probably meant as breakfast or tea flatware, they are not as large as dinner knives and forks. These would be perfect for dessert service.
1844 Presentation Mother Of Pearl Set