Description: most engraved with various crests and arms, comprising:
12 dinner knives, maker's mark DD, 18th century
12 dinner forks, by William Eley I, 1805 and William Fearn & Thomas Barker, 1806
12 lunch knives, maker's mark DD, 18th century
18 lunch forks, twelve by James Robinson, 1969, six by William Eaton, 1832
12 dessert knives, maker's mark unclear
10 dessert forks, by Eley & Fearn, 1803 and maker's mark RC, 1816
12 fruit forks, by James Robinson, 1968
12 dessert spoons, by Richard Gosling, 1766?
12 tablespoons, by maker's mark W [pellet] T, 1754 and John Gorham, 1771
12 coffee spoons, most by maker's mark I [pellet] G, retailed by Stieff, early 20th century
1 cold meat fork, by James Robinson, 1965
Condition Report: all with signs of wear/use; knives with some rusting to tops of blades and handles with some dings/minor dents; 1 dinner knife blade replaced; 4 dinner knives, 2 lunch knives, & 2 dessert knives with blades slightly separating from handle (not loose); 1 dessert fork with disposal damage; otherwise good
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