Happy Fourth of July! Time limited sale on this drop dead gorgeous antique French sterling vermeil fltatware set. Absolute epitome of French decorative appeal: This stunning golden dessert set with simple elegant lines, the handles covered with demure pin stripes laced throughout with stars. The dessert set is very feminine, perfect for a patriotic lady of the house. On the back of each spoon and fork rests a superb cartouche, rimmed with beads, a frame and another wreathe of bell flowers, or lily of the valley, a cluster of grapes hangs from the base, and atop of all, a scrolling shell and more. There is a fine interlaced monogram which you all know I can never decipher. The 'D' is clear enough; with "FG', perhaps.The spoons and forks., 12 each, marked with the Minerve 1st titre, guarantee for .950 sterling silver and coated with 18k gold. The knives are not monogrammed; the handles crafted with dazzling mother of pearl and 22k gold plated silver blades, tips and ferrules. Believe it or not, the blades are also marked with the Minerve 1st titre. This is so unusual I refused to believe my photographs. Condition is excellent; no flaws to note.
Dimensions: the spoons and forks are 7.25" long. The spoons weigh 53 grams, the forks 51. The knives are 7 5/8" long, and weigh 40 grams. Combined weight of the spoons and forks 2496 grams; 2976 grams with the knives.
Marks: The spoons and forks bear the punch of cordonnier & Grandvigne, active in Paris from 1863 to 1868. The knives have got a Linzeler & Cie maker's mark. All pieces ate stamped with the .950 sterling guarantee, as noted above, the Minerve 1st titre. Knife blades are usually .800 silver, due to the softness of silver. So this is an unusual feature.
All flatware wil come with boxes not original to the sets; but perfect for preserving the flatware from tarnish and accidents.
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