Henin & Cie: Antique French Sterling Silver Vermeil Ice Cream or Dessert Serving Pair
Opulent serving pair, a spoon and a slice, in .950 French Sterling silver and richly decorated in multiple shades of gold to accentuate the silver. The stems terminate in pierced handles decorated with scrolling acanthus, trefoils, urns, strapping and more. The service ends are strapped in either silver or a muted shade of gold, the central areas deeply hued with yellow gold, background for engraved designs that mirror the handles and are filled with a lighter shade of gold. Truly magnificent. The overall sense is one of medieval heraldry and weaponry. There is a monogram on the back side of the service end, the initials are "FW". The pair in excellent condition and very hefty in both size and weight. This set crafted by Parisian mastersmith Henin & Cie at or about the turn of the century: late 1800's, early 1900's. Henin & Cie a mark active from 1896, and successor of Henin & Vivier.
Marks: all parts bear the Minerve 1st titre, .950 sterling guarantee; and the maker's punch.
Dimensions: The spoon is 10 1/5" long, 3" wide and weighs 130 grams. The slice is 11 5/8" long, 1.75" wide and weighs 128 grams.