MARMUSE: Antique French Silver & Kozuka Knife Set for 6 Royal Provenance
Good set of 6 dessert knives assembled from imported 19th Century Japanese Kozuka handles and fine french silver blades. The handles date from the Edo period , when Japanese bronze casting evolved to the making of decorative objects. The kozuka handles here are in such excellent condition, they likely date to the mid-1800's, about the time they were imported and used by Marmuse to create these knives. They are decorated with Samurai warriors and clouds; the Samurai warrior symbolizes bushido values, clouds the ephemeral transient nature of life. The handles are highly decorative. The blades are all emblazoned with the royal crest for Prince Dmitri Olsoufief of Russia. In addition, each blade bears the maker's punch for Gustave Marmuse, of Paris, active in 1868; as well as the Minerve 2nd titre, guarantee for .800 parts silver. The blades also decorated with bronze and copper accents. This knife set of 6, for dessert or fruit, is visually impressive. With royal provenance and excellent condition, we have beauty and substance combined for the discerning buyer.