Emile Puiforcat: Antique French Sterling Flatware Set 8 PC Place Setting for 12! Swans
A rare offering! An 8 piece place setting for 12 in the elegant and popular Empire Style flatware set by renowned mastersmith Emile Puifocart, featuring Napoleonic eagles, laurel wreathes and swags. This design is graceful, balancing intricacy with simplicity such that it does not overwhelm the other magnificent elements of your table, while adding beauty and richness that your guests will find enchanting. No doubt these features contribute to the popularity of the pattern. When selecting antique tableware, it's reassuring to know that as you wish to add pieces to you silver, you may in fact be able to find additional pieces. This set has an interlaced monogram "JP". The place settings include The large dinner sized spoons and forks, the entremet (salad or dessert course) spoons and forks, and coffee spoons. The cutlery includes dinner knife, entremet knife and dessert knife. The dessert knives have gold plated sterling (vermeil) blades; adding a glittering splash of color. The handles are ebony. All pieces are in very good condition; minimal signs of use. It is not easy to find such a complete set of dinnerware in such a magnificent pattern. Included with the sterling service are three period boxes; not original to the set, but perfectly suited to preserving the silver, keeping tarnish at bay, while maintaining the ambience of fine antique silverware. All pieces are fully marked with the Minerve 1st titre: the French sterling guarantee for .950 parts silver ( higher than the US and UK .925 parts silver sterling standard); as well the maker's punch for Emile Puiforcat circa 1857-1927.
Dimensions: Dinner forks are 8 3/8" long, weight 82 grams; dinner spoons 8.5", weight 85 grams; entremet forks 7 3/8", weight 48 grams, entremet spoons 7 3/8", weight 52 grams and coffee spoons 5.5" long, weight 25 grams. Combined silver weight, not including cutlery: 3516 grams, or over 113 troy ounces! The cutlery dimensions: dinner knives are 9.75" long, entremet knives 8" long and dessert knives 7 7/8" long. Please note: the cutlery have silver interlaced monograms embedded in the ebony blades. the initials are hard for me to determine (I always struggle with this!). I'll say the letters are "GG" or "JJ". But you can take a look at the photo and make your own determination.