No French sterling silver flatware set or elegantly set table is complete without the melon knife, and so I know I'll have several friends out there clambering for this wonderful set of 19th century French sterling silver knives with which to finish their table. Sterling silver handles here with gilded blades, complete with the very specialized tined tips which are specifically for cutting and then bringing your succulent Summer melons (honeydew, etc., etc., ) to one's watering mouth. What could be more fun for your next dinner party than to set this one out - I'll bet not a soul at your table will know what they are. I have seen these called cheese forks, butter forks, shellfish forks - nearly everything but melon, but the French have other forks for those other purposes, dear, and this one is for your melon. Aren't they fabulous! All handles bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" designates them as being .950 silver content (95% pure, higher than the .925 standard for sterling silver). Silversmith marks for Tetard Freres, Paris c. 1903. Gorgeous, don't miss them!
Very good condition. A bit of tarnish visible on the blades but no loss of gilding that I can see. The blades do not have hallmarks so they may be vermeil plated but I am not certain. The box is fully intact and in great shape, age considered, and has an embossed label inside that reads "Flinois & Roussel, Orfevres, Amiens". See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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