Absolutely exquisite & rare antique French sterling silver 72pc flatware set, a 6pc table setting for TWELVE with beautifully ornate rococo style pattern with flowers & sinuous foliate tendrils and all in wonderful condition! Thick & heavy old French sterling silver and the style is undeniably stunning. Comprehensive! The set includes a 12/12 service in the larger dinner sized forks & spoons and 12/12 in the entremet or luncheon sizes of each, completed by complimenting knives with ebony or ebonized handles and sterling caps & collars. Both the sterling flatware and knives are in a wonderful old French black leather or leatherette & brass storage chest, the boxes both 2-tier with fitted levels to hold all pieces (and the flatware chest has extra room for teaspoons in the top layer, a ladle, tongs and other serving pieces in the bottom layer if you decide to add to the set. There is also room for six more of each knife size in the knives box. If you're familiar with French flatware, the dinner sizes are generally larger than those made in England or the states and we generally use the smaller pieces on a day to day basis anyway. Gorgeous! Rococo style seashell shapes framed with what looks like sinuous foliage, perhaps acanthus wrapping around the sides. All pieces bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within those marks means they're in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). The silversmith marks for Eugène Queillé, 1847-1895, (Lapparra Antoine, 1895-1902, successor), "PQ" with a "rame antique", 8 Petite rue Saint-Roch-Poissonière, Paris. A similar mark was used by Pierre Francois II Queillé, his father and predecessor,1834-1846, "PQ" and a 'rame antique' (though of a slightly different shape), 70 Rue du faubourg-Montmarte, Paris. Highly renowned and Pierre Queille was also known to have done work for the world renowned House of Odiot! A glorious set, perfect to spruce up your soon to be here Holiday table ensemble. Yes, the Holidays are right around the corner, time to start planning to wow yourself and your guests. Enjoy!
A traditional wedding gift, these magnificent French sterling silver flatware sets were almost always packaged without knives. Why is this? Another French tradition has to do with the gift of knives or a knife as a symbol of the cutting or ending of a relationship. And no where on earth is tradition more important, perhaps, than to the French culture. So, in light of the symbolism of the gift, knives were not part of a wedding gift, not packaged or even usually made with the matching pattern of the forks, spoons in a set, and are something added later and as compliments to the table's sterling silver choice. And ever the center influence in fashion, this also opportuned the happy result of knives made in coordinating and complimenting fashion with handles of rich elegant mother of pearl, fine ivory, blond natural horn, or exotic hardwoods like ebony (a French Empire 'must') walnut, rosewood. The result is that you can add sets of knives to compliment and define your table setting. Extremely fine all, don't miss them! There are also more images available and necessary to fully appreciate the comprehensive nature of the set so, just email and we'll supply them. Thanks!
Very good condition. Slight surface scuffs, indicative of light use over the past 100 or so years. Possibly a faint knife mark on a fork tine or two but the entire set is in overall fabulous shape. The knives are not original to the flatware, as described above, but go beautifully with them. The knife blades are the original pre-stainless steel so you might see a bit of age tarnish or corrosion. Finally, the larger dinner sized pieces do not have monograms, the luncheon pieces do and appear to be "NM". The flatware chest and knives box are not original to the set but are of the same age/period and style that they may originally have come in. Each has some age related exterior imperfections but the lock & key do work for the chest and both are structurally sound and work great! See pictures for all weights and measurements.
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