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Solid Silver Cutlery Leslie Durbin1954


Price: £12,295.00

This Exceptionally rare cutlery set has been expertly restored by us to near new condition

42-Piece SILVER CANTEEN CUTLERY, London 1954 by Master Silversmith Leslie Gordon Durbin

PATTERN: Hand-Made (6 place settings)

STERLING SILVER HALLMARKS: London 1954 by Leslie Gordon Durbin.

WEIGHT:  1230 grams (39.6 troy ounces) + 12 knives with stainless steel blades.

We are pleased to be offering an exceedingly rare hand-wrought silver cutlery set by one of the most important post-war British master silversmiths – Leslie Durbin.

This is the first canteen of silver cutlery that we have encountered bearing the LGD maker’s mark of Durbin and it has all the high-quality features that you would expect from this master silversmith. The pieces have a lovely, elegant shape with a slightly tapering handle that terminates in a delicately engraved trim.

This stylish 1950’s service provides for seven pieces per 6 place settings.

All the pieces in this canteen were made by Leslie Durbin and bear appropriate Sterling silver hallmarks for London 1954 (the teaspoons are hallmarked 1955).

The service has six of all the standard dining pieces. The soup spoons and dessert spoons are of a remarkably similar style to each other with the soup spoons having a deeper bowl. With their 3-prongs, the style of the forks harks back to the early 18th century, before 4-prongs became the standard. The knives have silver handles with stainless steel blades.

Leslie Durbin was apprenticed and employed for many years to the most important English silversmith of the 20th century, Omar Ramsden. In the traditions of the arts & crafts movement, his work is entirely hand-made and often influenced by his master with the rattail on the reverse of the spoon bowls very much a feature of Ramsden cutlery. The style of this service is indicative of the immediate post-war years with a retention of Art Deco streamlining and simple, austerity-year's detailing. Silver and other luxury goods were heavily taxed during the 1950’s, so little survives making this service even more rare and desirable.

This 42-piece service consists of the following:

6 Soup Spoons                    18cm

6 Dessert Forks             16.8cm

6 Table Knives                    21cm

6 Dessert Spoons             18cm

6Table/dinner Forks         18cm

6 Teaspoons                    12.6cm

6 Dessert Knives                 19cm


Total weight of weighable silver 1230 grams (39.6 troy ounces) plus 12 silver handled knives.

The service is in as new condition throughout with no engravings. 

This canteen is presented within four felt cutlery rolls with each piece having an individual slot.


Orders are shipped the same day if received before 12 noon except at weekends when they will be sent on the next working day.

Engraving does not hold up your delivery.

Orders in the UK are sent via Royal Mail recorded. Overseas orders are sent via the Royal Mail International signed for

Delivery Charges & Timescale
2nd Class Recorded : £1.99 - 3-5 days
1st. class recorded £2.99 - 1-3 days
Guaranteed next day £6.99
Europe : £12.99 3 - 7 days
Rest of world: £16.99 7 - 10 days


Important: Please take extra care with your engraving message, engraved items cannot be returned, we will engrave exactly as you instruct.

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