Roberts & Belk Plain Pine Pattern Table Fork Knife Spoon 1 Place introduced in the 1930’s H.M.S Queen Mart White Star Line
Cutlery set 1 Place – Romney Plain Pine
Object: Three Pieces Dinner Cutlery set: Table Fork & Knife and Dessert Spoon
Knife 24.5 cm, Fork 19.5 cm, Spoon 18.3 cm Total weight 202 grams
Place of origin: Sheffield (made)
Date: 1936 (made)
Artist/Maker: Belk, Walter, born 1872 – died 1963 (designer)
Roberts & Belk Ltd. (maker)
Materials and Techniques: Electroplated nickel silver, the blade of stainless
Walter Patrick Belk initially designed this service for the tourist class (2nd class) dining room of the Queen Mary. It proved so popular that it was also used for another of Cunard’s transatlantic liners, the Queen Elizabeth, sister ship of the Queen Mary.
In the first half of the 20th century, Roberts and Belk were a well-known firm of manufacturing platers and silversmiths. They had been
established in Sheffield in 1810. In 1901 the firm converted into a limited liability company, the first directors being Charles Belk and Walter Belk. In 1961 it was purchased by the London manufacturing silversmiths, C. J. Vander Ltd.
Traditionally, Roberts and Belk had a ‘high-class’ goods range – ‘ every piece designed by the firm’s own staff’. Walter Belk (1872-1963)
was originally an architect. As director of this important firm, he was immensely supportive of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s schemes to
improve design in silver. He was elected to the Livery of the Company in 1929.
Electroplated nickel silver, the knife with a stainless steel blade, Sheffield, 1932-36, made by Roberts and Belk Ltd., designed by Walter
Cutlery set, the table knife with a stainless steel blade, a straight leading edge, rounded tip and a curved cutting edge, the haft of electroplated nickel silver, chamfered edges and corners, stamped with a fleche pattern. The fork, electroplated nickel silver, three tines, the handle a tapered stem reducing towards the bowl, chamfered edges and corners and stamped with a fleche pattern. The dessert spoon, electroplate, oval bowl with a pointed tip, the handle as for the fork.
Registered Design number: Rd. 798068
(Source Victoria and Albert Museum)