Fabulous antique French Napoleon III era 18pc sterling silver 8" entremet or dessert knife set, vermeil & shimmering mother of pearl handles with original steel blades and fitted presentation box! In a word, gorgeous! The complete service for 18, all matching and complete, no hallmarks but the collar & caps are surely 22K gold plated sterling silver (vermeil), or at the very least would be 18K. Also, the cartouche you see inlaid there is 18K solid gold. The Napoleon III era service is stunning, a set you'll use for luncheon, fruit, cheese and dessert service, and will thrill to own as your own family heirloom set. Each pearl handle with an inlaid 18K solid gold medallion and engraved monogram LG or perhaps GL, open to interpretation as are many of these old scripts, the set is truly fabulous. Be sure to browse some while you're with us, we've been adding a host of truly superb old French, European & American silver pieces & flatware sets and we're sure to tempt you! Create a magical combination for even the most elegant and opulent of tables.
Good-very good condition. The blades are all the original steel ones with some age tarnish visible. There is one cracked pearl handle and another with a chip or small crack close to the blade. All else superb! The box is original and does show its age a bit with some chipping and/or losses to the green leatherette covering. See pictures for measurements.
NOTE: In case you happen to notice we have a second set nearly the same, also 18 knives - it is not a duplicate listing, but more from the same estate. The second box is sold separately.