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And This is a rare find! In the 19th C the Chinese would copy the best English silversmith’s tableware and silverware, using Chinese hallmarks that imitated renowned English hallmarks, and export to European markets. (Chinese silversmiths in the European style). This is a superb set of 12 fish knives and 12 fish forks circa 1870, imitating Martin Hall Company’s (Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall) coveted sets of fish knives and forks. The fish motif, and design etchings or engravings on the silverware matches Martin Hall Fish silverware sets. But the handles of the cutlery are done in bamboo, imitatingTiffany’s pattern bamboo.
The hallmarks include Chinese inscriptions, English letters HM (Martin and Hall initials backwards) and 96 (for fine sterling silver).
knife 8 3/4” length
fork 7 1/2” length
Set is in great condition considering age and needs some polishing, a couple of fork ends are bent but can be bent back. Really an exquisite find! For when gourmet diner!