Cutlery Guide

Because we do not consider that our responsibility stops when you take possession of your cutlery, we have produced a leaflet on cutlery care which we include with every order. The key considerations are outlined below:


The characteristic patina of antique silver which gives it much of its aesthetic appeal, arises from the multitude of very fine random scratches that develop through use over a long period of time. The same minor scratches will, with use, form on new silver and, although on a new surface they may be more conspicuous, they should not be a matter for concern.


Silver, like gold, is a noble metal and therefore resistant to atmosphere corrosion. It will, however, slowly tarnish in an atmosphere that contains sulphides as, in our modern society, is generally the case. A superficial layer of silver sulphide will form, initially light gold in colour but, over a long period of time, darkening. This can easily be removed by polishing with a proprietary silver cleaner but avoid using the liquid variety as they can attack the steel knife blades. Cleaners designed for other metals should also be avoided as they contain abrasives.


Foods can contain sulphides (e.g. eggs) and also a complex mixture of salts and acids. These, if left to dry on the cutlery, can attack both the silver and the steel blades. It is best therefore to wash the cutlery after the meal rather than leaving it to stand overnight.

The cutlery is designed to withstand the high temperatures of a dishwasher but you may want to avoid any scratching which might result from bundling pieces together therein. In this case, hand washing might be preferable. Whichever you use, it is best not to let the cutlery dry by standing as this can result in water stains.

The knife blades are made from a Sheffield steel specially selected for its hardness to produce a fine cutting edge. In developing such steels, however, the corrosion resistance is inevitably lowered which means that prolonged continuous contact with water can result in pitting of the blades surface.


Storing your cutlery, either in a fabric-lined canteen box or in a fabric cutlery roll will reduce tarnish by protecting it from the atmosphere and prevent scratches arising from pieces rattling against each other.


Our silver cutlery will last through your lifetime and on through your children's lifetime as well. As time passes you may like to add to it building up a 6-piece to an 8 or 12 piece setting. You may also want to add the elegant serving pieces designed for different dishes. All our patterns are traditional patterns selected because they have a proven appeal established over generations. It is this which gives us the confidence to assure you that whichever pattern you choose, you will have no difficulty adding to it in the future.

  7 pc place setting 10 pc place setting 60 pc canteen 88 pc canteen 124 pc canteen
Table Fork 1 1 8 12 12
Table Knife 1 1 8 12 12
Dessert Fork 1 1 8 12 12
Dessert Knife 1 1 8 12 12
Dessert Spoon 1 1 8 12 12
Soup Spoon 1 1 8 12 12
Tea Spoon 1 1 8 12 12
Coffee Spoon   1     12
Fish Knife   1     12
Fish Fork   1     12
Table Spoon     4 4 4
Pastry Fork          
Tea Knife          
Total 7 10 60 88 124
  Hallam capacity Chelsea capacity Holbrook capacity Cavendish capacity
Table Fork 12 12 12 12
Table Knife 12 12 12 12
Dessert Fork 12 12 12 12
Dessert Knife 12 12 12 12
Dessert Spoon 12 12 12 12
Soup Spoon 12 12 12 12
Tea Spoon 12 12 12 12
Coffee Spoon 12 12 12 12
Fish Knife 12 12 12 12
Fish Fork 12 12 12 12
Table Spoon 4 4 4 4
Pastry Fork     12 12
Tea Knife       12
Total 124 124 144* 156*

* - The Holbrook and Cavendish cutlery boxes will also hold one three-piece Carving Set, one Soup Ladle, one Sauce Ladle, one Cheese Knife, one Pie Knife and one Butter Knife.