Each unmarked silver haft with a tapering cannon-handled blade ending in a small ball finial,
the carbon steel blades marked as follows :
(4) W. BRADSHAW & SON, beneath a crowned VR (Garden St. Sheffield, c1850);
(2) CRITCHFIELD, working early to mid-19th century
The remains of early crests one each, appearing as
a leg, couped at the thigh,
garnished and spurred, possibly over initials
The use of the crowned G R (George Rex) and V R (Victoria Regina) began in the reign of George IV, c1820.
This initialing would indicate the maker had a Royal Warrant for their wares.
The silver hafts are unmarked. At this time it was not unusual to mark only one knife in a larger set.
As the hafts bear no markings, dating must be done by form, construction and patination.
The form of knife and crest, as well as patination are consistent with the late 17th century, likely prior to 1695.
Provenance : Mr. and Mrs. Winston Guest
Condition : Excellent; nice patination; one small repaired split ;
crests worn; expected staining to steel blades
8.25" Long / 14.9 oz. Total Weight