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  • Place of origin:

    Montreal (made)

  • Date:

    1831-1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Walker, Nelson (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 17

Though today, ‘cutlery’ refers to knives, forks and spoons in general, historically, it was only the knife-blade (of steel) that was made by a ‘cutler’. Knife handles, spoons and forks, together with servers and other implements of the table made by silversmiths, are known as ‘flatware’. Flatware production was often a family business. Decoration of flatware was produced mainly by the die-stamping method, where silver ‘blanks’ are pressed between two steel dies or moulds previously carved with the imprint of the design. The dies were expensive to produce and intended for mass-production.

This spoon is marked on the handle, 'NW', for Nelson Walker, 'MONTREAL' and imitations of the English duty and sterling marks. From the late 18th century, Canadian silversmiths frequently imitated English hallmarks. The sterling and duty marks have been only partly struck to accommodate imperfections in the copy.

Physical description

Fiddle pattern

Place of Origin

Montreal (made)


1831-1855 (made)


Walker, Nelson (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Marked on handle: NW, for Nelson Walker, ‘MONTREAL’ and imitations of the English duty and sterling marks (semi-obliterated)

crest on handle: small castle (in flames?), fiddle pattern


Height: 1.5 cm, Length: 14.0 cm, Width: 3.0 cm

Object history note

Gift from L.A.Crichton, Old Bond Street
registry says c. 1820, label says 1831-1855

Descriptive line

Silver, Canadian


Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Metalwork Collection

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