Magnificent 4 piece place settings for 6 in one of the finest Renaissance patterns available. Emile Puiforcat's impeccable work exemplified with this set. This is a dessert service comprised of dessert spoon, fork and pearl handled knife, with smaller demi-tasse spoons with striking vermeil bowls that light up the service. The pattern description would include: on the handles ornate confection of foliate elements, with a shield and shell form accent on a finely textured ground. The opposite side has a large central area for the monogram, 'FMC'. There is a superb mascaron on the back side of the business end of each fork and spoon. The ferrules of the knives are decorated with finely chased elaborate flowing rocailles in silver. The beautiful pearl handles ar without blemish or monogram. Condition overall is excellent. One demi-tasse spoon has a handle bent a tiny bit. It is always important to note that French flatware, in addition to having a higher silver content than American or UK sterling (.950 parts silver, rather than .925 parts silver), the French pieces are larger by far than US and UK pieces. Hence, a dessert service in France would look nearly identical to a dinner service in American sterling. It is our pleasure to offer this sumptuous service to out customers.
Dimensions: Dessert spoons: 7.25" long, 1.5" wide, weight 52 grams. Dessert forks: 7 3/8" long, 7/8" wide, weight 50 grams. Demi-tasse spoons: 5 7/8" long, 1 1/8" wide, weight 25 grams. Combined sterling silver weight: 762 grams. The knives are 8.25" long, 7/8" wide.
Marks: all silver pieces bear the .950 sterling silver guarantee; the Minerve 1st titre. and the maker's punch for Emile Puiforcat. The knives are not marked. So I will only claim .800 silver for the ferrules. The blades are not silver.
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