Exceptional and rare antique French sterling silver dinner size flatware set for 12 in an intricate, highly ornamental Renaissance pattern. The couverts (12 Spoons and 12 Forks) feature stems finely decorated with strap-work, fruit, elaborate floral and foliate motifs, with striking foliate bedecked Mascaron mounts. As with all the superior quality 19th century French sterling silver dinner flatware sets, these pieces are both larger and heavier than those found in US and UK sets. The forks and spoons are 8.5" long, with spoons weighing 85 grams each and forks 96 grams each. And of course the silver content is higher: .950 parts silver cf the US and UK .925 sterling. The 12 knives complement the couverts beautifully, their elegant ebony handles decorated with an inlaid silver interlaced script monogram (TC), and silver caps and ferrules carrying forth the fruit and foliate decor. In all, a very fine offering: a unique antique French sterling silver Renaissance pattern conceived during the mid-1800's. Condition is very good. The original steel bladed knives have some very minor oxidation; this is known as 'aged patina'. The service has been professionally cleaned by our Parisian silversmith who specializes in 18th and 19th century French silverware. A wonderful 36pc flatware set, complete service for 12, that is guaranteed to delight even the most discerning of collectors. Flatware boxes, though not original, are included in the sale.
Marks: The couverts (12 spoons and 12 forks) bear the Minerve 1st titre 950 silver guarantee mark, and maker's mark for Parisian master silversmith Henri-Louis Chenaillier (1864-1884)and his successor Henri Soufflot who commenced trading in 1884. Combined sterling silver weight is 2172 grams, or roughly 70 troy ounces. (Please note a similar set of teaspoons with tongs in our shop, Charon's Spoils Antiques.)
Dimensions: The knives are 9 5/8" long, and bear the maker's mark of Lepine, a renowned knife maker during the 1800's. The forks are 8.5" long, weight 96 Grams each. The spoons are 8.5" long, weight 85 grams.
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