Antique French sterling silver flatware service for twelve dating to the Napoleon III period. A gorgeous and grand design including ribbons, bell flowers, and Rococo shell motifs. The design is repeated on both sides of the set and embellishes a large oval cartouche with an interlaced monogram (possibly SG ). Two piece place settings for 12. The set is marked for Etienne-Henri Sanoner, 1852-1868, 79 Rue Quincampoix, Paris,the successor was Ravinet d'Enfert. Each piece is also marked with the Minerve 1st. Titre mark denoting French sterling silver .950.
Fine French sterling silver with solid weight and stunning design. Heavy, grand size antique French sterling silver flatware for an average cost just over $100 per piece. If purchased new today a French silver dinner fork or spoon would be in the range of $400 to $800. New Puiforcat silver plate forks and spoons average $150; yes, silver plate. Recycle, reuse, and pass antique sterling silver and it's history onto future generations.
A total of twenty-four dinner sized pieces, the spoons weight 88 grams each and the forks weigh 90 grams each for a total of over 2,100 grams. In very good condition with minor traces of use and a bit of tarnish.
Knives shown are not included with the set of 24 flatware, but are available separately
Measurements; 8 ½” long
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