Superb Antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era 12pc 9 7/8" dinner knife set with elegant 'Gordion Knot' pattern and Paris marked blades! The tiny number "2" to the right of the Minerve or Minerva hallmark designates the silver content to be at least .800, or 80%, pure. While still solid silver, the handles do fall under the .925, or 92.5%, standard for sterling silver and the 95% purity of "1" marked French silver pieces. The lower silver content makes them less pliable and is common in knives and knife blades because of the added strength. An elegant pattern, the Gordion Knot symbolizes the unending. No beginning and no end to the fluted 'rope' around the borders of the handles, knot forms at top, center and bottom. All, except for one, with the original "Paris" marked steel blades. Dating to before stainless steel became the alloy of choice so you do see a few stains but they can be cleaned (and could even be plated or rebladed). Silversmith marks for Leon Baujois, a Parisian maker registered between 1877-1899. An elegant set, rare larger dinner sized pieces and all in wonderful condition! Don't miss them.
Very good condition. As noted, there is some age tarnish to the blades (not stainless steel). A faint dimple or two to the handles but no major or notable damage or repairs. Photographed and will come with their fitted black leather storage and/or presentation box. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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