Plain Pine silver-plated cutlery for 12

Plain Pine silver-plated cutlery for 12

£1,500

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Reference

1932

A canteen of silver-plated cutlery in the rather striking Plain Pine pattern with typical Art Deco design cues. All pieces are A1 Electro Plated Nickle Silver (EPNS) while the knives are Sheffield 'rustless' steel with faux ivory handles. This silver-plated cutlery set is presented in its original, two-drawer wooden canteen.

Originally an architect, Walter Patrick Belk initially designed the Plain Pine service for the 1934 launch of the White Star-Cunard RMS Queen Mary in its tourist class (2nd class) dining room. It proved so popular that Roberts & Belk were wired from New York to supply more when the ship returned to Southampton as thousands of pieces had gone missing from the ship's stock! Its continued popularity meant that it was also ordered for another of Cunard's transatlantic liners and sister ship of the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth.

At the V&A Museum's 1930s exhibition, the Victorian & Albert Museum chose Plain Pine as the best pattern of the Art Deco era.

This service comprises:

12 table forks
12 dessert forks
12 dessert spoons
12 soup spoons
12 teaspoons
11 coffee spoons
12 table knives
12 dessert knives
12 fish knives
12 fish forks
6 tablespoons
2 gravy ladles

Year

c1934

Place

Sheffield

Condition

Excellent One coffee spoon missing

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