The development of English Flatware began in the late 17th century and most of the traditional patterns originate from this period. The widespread adoption of Flatware services at this time was a result of two major influences. Firstly, the return of the English court from exile on the Continent where the use of knives, spoons and forks for eating was widespread. Until that time forks were not in common use in England. Secondly, at around this time it became common etiquette to provide guests with a set of all the necessary knives, forks and spoons instead of each guest bringing their own.
Listed below are some of the select patterns supplied by Fletcher Robinson Ltd. Many of them offer a choice of style, for example 3 or 4 pronged forks. Click on any image to see a larger version.