Mappin & Webb complete silverware set. NOS or “new old stock” appear never used. This amazing set has it all! 91 pieces total in pristine condition, a service for 12 with following:
12 dinner knives
12 dinner forks
12 luncheon knives
12 luncheon or salad forks
12 soup spoons
12 desert spoons
12 tea spoons
7 serving pieces including: 1 large ladle , 2 different sized serving spoons, carving knife with fork, master butter knife and ice tong.
Everything housed in an original ebonized oak chest. It boasts a perfect, fitted, green felt lining and hinged fold out compartment trays. The design, from the 1920s is officially named MWE22 and often referred to as “Splendor” may have been given as a wedding present and yet never used.
It is simply that perfect!
Mappin and Webb is a noted firm of silversmiths from Sheffield England with roots stemming from 1774 when Joseph Mappin founded the firm. In later decades it became a Royal Warrant holder, was taken over by Asprey & Company and is a brand currently owned by Jewelers Goldsmiths Group.
At the turn of the 20th Century and into the 1930s, Mappin and Webb referred to their brand as “Trustworthy Cutlery” and their “Prince’s Plate” the “only reliable substitute for sterling silver”. They had a strong presence in many key cities: London, of course, and Paris, Nice, Johannesburg, Lausanne and Buenos Aires. The Argentine shop was housed in a lavish Beaux Arts Building, where its silver items were showcased on the Calle Florida. The original wooden chest that is part of this set has an enamel nameplate still intact that says:
Mappin and Webb, London-Paris-Buenos Aires
This heirloom set is ready to give as a spectacular bridal gift, or to cherish in your own home. And by all means, do use it! Silver should be enjoyed and when housed its special felt chest, you will find it rarely tarnishes. Once you become accustomed to the fine design, the balanced weight and the elegant table settings you can create you just might want to have it every day!