The beauty of this classic pattern is due to a composition inclusive of simple, elegant lines, with no further embellishment to distract the eye from its exquisite purity. The handles are strapped, with refined stylized acanthus accents at the tips and the drop of the spoons and forks. An additional exquisite iteration of stylized acanthus applied to the tops of the knife handles, at the finger rest. Consider also the impeccable quality of the workmanship. Further, these are sturdy pieces of silverware, with fulsome heft. This sense of substance heightens the embodiment of fine taste and quality. Truly an enduring work of artistry. Dating from the early 1800's, the fine condition of the flatware is remarkable. Of particular note, the original steel blades on 8 of the knives, so difficult to keep free from signs of age and use, indicate loving care across the centuries with so few flaws to note; a mere spot here and there. The monogrammed initials 'AM' on each piece. So there you have it: a substantive timeless 33 piece flatware set from one of France's most celebrated silversmiths, Maison Odiot, in very good to excellent condition to savor along with the special dishes you prepare.
Marks: All pieces bear the signature of Maison Odiot.The spoons and forks bear the punch of Nicholas-Francois Renault, Paris, 1779-1798. Each also punched with the Minerve 1st titre; French sterling guarantee for .950 parts silver. The cutlery marks: Each knife has the Minerve 1st titre on in. The blades of the dessert knives have the minerve 1st titre punch as well. The maker's punch belonged to Dominique Laporte, Paris 1825-1853. )Please note, female silversmiths are quite rare, particularly in the 1800's in France.)
Dimensions: The serving spoon: 8.5" long, 2" wide and weighs 85 grams. Tablespoons: 7.25" long & 1.5" wide; weight is 53 grams each. Forks: 7.25" long & 1" wide; weight is 53 grams. Cutlery is 8" long, the blades 6/8".
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