Elegant antique French Napoleon III era sterling silver 12pc dessert or entrement knife set with ebony wood handles & silver shield shaped cartouche! No silver hallmarks but the style is distinctly early 1800s. This service of fine ebony handled & .800 (nearly sterling) silver to sterling silver bladed & trimmed knives are just the thing to set out with entrement silver or for fruit/cheese service. The elegant combination is stunning on your table - ebony handles and old French silver add a richness that is unparalleled. Combine them with your existing entremet spoon/fork sets to complete a dessert setting or entree, salad. Don't miss them!
Very good condition. A visible split or two in the wood handles and a few of the silver caps have pushed in ends. A slightly rounded tip or two possible. See pictures for measurements.
re KNIVES: 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.
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