M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GOOD GEORGE III SILVER STILTON CHEESE SCOOP
William Eley, William Fearn, William Chawner, London 1809
The Haft, IT in Rectangle, 1808
gauge silver with threaded handle, the baluster shaft ending in a
the bowl fully marked and the handle partly marked, the
terminal without engraving or erasures
: Hafts (or handles) were frequently made by specialist 'haft-makers'
Condition : Excellent, very
good quality; minor wear appropriate to age and usage;
good patination; without monograms, crests or removals
Long / 4.3 oz.
Stilton cheese, introduced c1720, is
named for the village of Stilton,
about 80 miles north of London - although it was never made there.
the 18th century, the town of Stilton was a staging post for coaches, where horses were changed and weary travelers
sought refreshment en route to Scotland and other Northern cities. In fact, the inn owners vied with one another
to see who could provide the swiftest service and best food.
Thornhill, the landlord of the famous Bell Inn, introduced
these travelers to the creamy, blue-veined cheese,
which he purchased from cheese maker, Frances Pawlett of nearby Melton
In 1789, Mr. Thornhill, being something of an entrepreneur, staged an illegal bare-knuckle boxing match,
erecting a tent for over 3000 spectators, many of whom were impeccably dressed gentlemen in frock coats and high
As wine, bread and Stilton cheese were plentiful, perhaps some
bent his silver spoon and determined to have
his silversmith to invent the new implement.
This is conjecture, but
Stilton cheese scoops appears shortly thereafter in
They were popular until c1914, when wedges of cheese replaced the whole of half Stilton wheel.
Stilton, the King of Cheeses, is best served at
room temperature, needing a curved implement for serving without crumbling.
It is still made in much the same way as it was
in the early 1700's, when a local Wymondham saying became popular:
"Drink a pot of ale, eat of scoop of
Stilton, every day, you will make 'old bones'."
Also See :
Fine Victorian Silver Stilton Cheese Scoop
Mappin & Webb, Sheffield, 1878
We welcome and encourage
all inquiries regarding our stock. We will make every attempt to answer any questions you might
information, call (901) 761-1163 or (901) 827-4668,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Discover accepted
M. Ford Creech Antiques & Fine Arts / 581
South Perkins Road / Memphis,
TN 38117 / USA /
Wed.-Sat. 11-6, or by appointment