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Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1935
Period: George III
Year: 1814
Silversmith: Moses Brent
Place: London
Price: $ 1 250.00
Weight: 382 grams
Dimensions: 21.7 cm
Condition: Overall very good, some slight knocks and scratches to handles. Original silver blades excellent. All 6 securely fastened.

Description: A rare surviving set of 6 Georgian silver table knives, in the Fiddle Thread and Shell pattern, with silver as opposed to steel blades. The knives are in remarkable condition and are suitable for use. The knives have an engraved family crest, an eagle sable preying on a partridge, under an Earl's crown, with 5 pearls. This is the family crest of the Earls of Onslow, the first Earl George Onslow died in 1814 so we assume these knives were made for Thomas Onslow, when he became the 2nd Earl Onslow. Thomas Onslow was born in 1754, he was Member of Parliament for Rye and Guildford. He was an associate of the Prince of Wales (later King George IV), and guarded the door when the Prince secretly married Mrs Fitzherbert (source Wikipedia). The hallmarks are clear on all 6 knives, both on the silver blades and on the handles, including makers mark MB for Moses Brent. Moses Brent was freed in 1770 as a haft-maker, he worked until 1817. Grimwade, in his book London Goldsmiths 1697-1837, states "Brent had a virtual monopoly as a specialist knife-maker, supplying to the retail trade of his day, including flatware made by Eley, Fearn and Chawner as supplied to Rundell, Bridge and Rundell for all their best clients". Note - These knives are accompanied by a heraldic research report identifying the crest as Earls of Onslow.
Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Thomas Onslow 2nd Earl Onslow, 1754-1827

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Earl of Onslow family crest armorial - eagle partridge crown

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Georgian Silver Table Knive -moses brent

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern, back showing hallmarks

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Fiddle thread & shell pattern, silver knife

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Moses Brent london silver hallmarks

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Georgian silver knife hallmarks

Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent (Set of 6) - Fiddle Thread & Shell Pattern - Earl of Onslow
Georgian Silver Table Knives by Moses Brent - scale

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