We are pleased to present this antique English Carving Set for your consideration. It consists of a large Carving Knife, Fork, and Sharpener, all with Stag Horn handles trimmed in ornate Sterling Silver. The ends of the handles have a regal look, like crowns, much larger than typical sets. All of the Sterling Silver is hallmarked (detailed further below). This well used set dates to the late 1890’s and would make an impressive decorative item and is still fully functional for its original purpose.
The Knife measures 15-1/2 inches in overall length with a 9 inch blade. The blade edge is slightly irregular and moderately sharp, but could be sharpened to a fine edge, if desired. It has a dark patina, but is free of anything more than a few minor spots of surface rust. The ferrule has a maker mark of GH, city code of Sheffield, and 1897 date code. We believe the maker mark corresponds to George Howson of the Sheffield firm Harrison Brothers & Howson.
The large regal end cap on the Knife has a maker mark of HH, city code of Sheffield, and 1893 date code. The maker mark belongs to Harrison Brothers & Howson. The end cap has some minor separation at its seam (see 2nd to last picture for close up), but it is still secure and firmly attached. The stag horn portion of the handle is the most worn on this piece, consistent with the higher level of usage that the Knife would have received.
The Fork measures 12 inches in overall length, with the blade extending 6 inches beyond the ferrule. Both the ferrule and end cap have GH maker marks (see above). The ferrule has a 1897 date code, while the end cap has a 1896 date. The metal has a dark patina, but is free of any rust. The tines are straight and free of any damage. The stag horn handle shows moderate wear, less than the Knife, but more than the Sharpener.
The Sharpener measures 13-3/4 inches in overall length, with the 6-sided blade extending 8-3/16 inches beyond the ferrule. Both the ferrule and end cap have GH maker marks (see above) and 1897 date codes. The metal has a dark patina with no more than a few tiny spots of surface rust. The stag horn handle shows the least wear of the pieces in the set.
The combined weight of the three (3) pieces in this set is 1 pound 7 ounces. We rate the overall condition as very good.
This is an impressive looking antique English Carving Set with an unusual regal look that will be sure to attract attention. It would make a wonderful decorative piece, or addition to any collection!