British Ambassadorial Silver Flatware Service for 60

  • This flatware service was specially commissioned by King George III for the British Embassy in Paris
  • The historically significant set was designed for entertainment, comprising 60 place settings
  • Each piece is engraved with the Royal Arms surrounded by the motto of the Order of the Garter
  • The silver and silver gilt flatware was supplied by the Royal Goldsmiths Jefferys & Jones of London
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Item No. 31-2983

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This highly important Georgian silver and silver-gilt flatware service was specially commissioned by King George III for the British Embassy in Paris. The historically significant set was designed for entertainment, comprising a remarkable 60 place settings, each of which features a timeless, neoclassical reeded hourglass and shell motif. Further, each piece is engraved with the Royal Arms surrounded by the motto of the Order of the Garter, Honi soit qui mal y pense ("Shame on him who thinks this evil").

Supplied by the Royal Goldsmiths Jefferys & Jones of London, the service features flatware by two renowned British silversmiths, with entrée pieces by George Smith and silver-gilt dessert pieces by the celebrated Thomas Northcote.

The service was crafted in 1783, the same year that George Montagu, 4th Duke of Manchester, was appointed the French ambassador. During his brief tenure, he was instrumental in supervising the treaty negotiations between Great Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, eventually signing the Peace of Paris at Versailles in 1783 and effectively ending the American Revolutionary War. 

This service would have been well used by the Duke, as well as the many ambassadors who followed him, including John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset, whose armorial is engraved on a selection of flatware in the service. Sackville served as the British Ambassador from 1784, returning to England in 1789 following the escalation of the French Revolution.

Hallmarked London, 1783

Case: 33 1/2" wide x 20 3/4" deep x 21 3/4" high

The service comprises:
60 Entrée Knives
60 Entrée Forks
60 Entrée Spoons
60 Dessert Spoons
60 Dessert Knives
60 Dessert Forks
Soup Ladle
3 Pairs of Basting Spoons
24 Ice Cream Spoons
12 Salt Spoons
6 Small Dessert Servers
British Ambassadorial Silver Flatware Service for 60
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Flatware
Depth: 20.75 Inches
Width: 33.5 Inches
Height: 21.75 Inches
Style: Georgian

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