A lovely hors d'oeuvres service, with four pieces, clearly fit to serve royalty as it did so at one time. This set comes with the original box, and on the top is a marquis' crown, and initials DH or DM. The pieces boast a rich a la russe handle, with guilloche decoration on the handles, lush acanthus leaves climbing up the base, and tipped with acanthus leafs drifting down. The bonbon scoop, spoon, sugar tongs and fork all engraved with simple elegant floral decoration. These pieces are made of at least .800 parts silver, as well as plated with 18k gold. The tongs are the only piece with the Minerve 1st titre, the French guarantee for .950 sterling silver. The other three are marked with the Tete Sanglier. The Tete is a minimum guarantee for small items and the minimum is .800 parts silver. But since the items are small, and may not be large enough for a Minerve punch, they may actually be .950 sterling silver. Each piece also bears the punch for Pierre Gavard, active in Paris 1886-1895. Condition is good. There is some loss to the gold on the tongs, some fairly minimal wear. The box also is in lovely condition.
Dimensions: tongs 5" long, 1" wide and weigh 24 grams. Spoon 5" long, 1.25" diameter, weighing 16 grams. The bonbon scoop is 5.25" long, 1.25" at the widest point, and weighs 16 grams. The fork is 4.75" long, 0.75" wide, weighing 8 grams. Combined silver weight is 64 grams.
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