Maker’s mark of Mary Chawner
Weight: 21863gr., 703 oz.
Engraved with motto ‘COM VICORN’, knives unengraved.
In a fitted canteen case
60 table forks by Mary Chawner, London 1837
58 dessert forks by Mary Chawner, London 1837
60 table spoons by Mary Chawner, London 1837
60 dessert spoons by Mary Chawner, London 1837
60 teaspoons, date of 6: 1833, date of 13: 1834, date of 32: 1837
12 coffee spoons with gilt bowls, 7 by Mary Chawner, London 1837, 5 George Adams, 1845
10 basting spoons by Mary Chawner, London 1837
8 sauce ladles, 2 by Benjamin Davis, 1835, 2 William Esterbrook, 1825, 3 Richard Parr, 1823, Chawner 1838
4 soup ladles by Mary Chawner, London 1837
4 pairs of sugar tongs by Mary Chawner, London 1837
60 table knives with stainless blades, by C.J. Vander, 1997
60 lunch knives with stainless blades, by C.J. Vander, 1997
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Mary Chawner was very much emersed in the silversmithing industry from birth. Her father, William Burwash, was a watchcase maker, and her husband William Chawner II was a spoon maker. Following in the line of her husband’s work, Mary Chawner was a spoon maker herself and continue the business after her husband’s death in 1834. In 1840, Mary entered a partnership with her son-in-law George William Adams, who, after her retirement, managed the business as Chawner & Co., remaining sole partner until 1883. Chawner became one of the most importer manufacturers of spoons and forks in London, their pattern book soon became the reference for the naming of many patterns produced in the Victorian era. Pieces bearing the mark of Mary Chawner are part of the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts including: six William IV tablespoons, from 1835; a William IV fish slice, of the same year; a Victorian fish slice, of 1839; and two Victorian dinner forks, also dated 1839.