Gorgeous & RARE antique French sterling silver 27pc dessert & 'cafe' service initially given to someone by France's last Emperor, Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie (bears the mark on the box, confirming this as a Royal gift), an elegant collection of twelve each in teaspoons and knives with fluted rat-tail style pattern, matching sifter ladle, sugar tongs & tea strainer and all kept in the original gilt embossed crown top black leather storage or presentation box! On the occasion of the birth of their son, the Imperial Prince "Prince Eugene" on March 16, 1856, Napoleon III and Princess Eugénie became godfather and godmother of all children born on the same day (and the day before) as their son ~ 2850 people. They offered a set of silverware to each one, placed in a box embossed with their initials: "N. E.". VERY interesting! All pieces, except the tea strainer, bear the French Minerve or Minerva marking, the tiny number "1" designates .950 silver content (95% pure, higher than the .925 standard for sterling silver). Silversmith marks are for Philippe Berthier, Paris c. 1841-1883, (Alphonse Debain, 1883-1911 Succ.). A mid 1800s Louis Philippe era set and all pieces, including that beautiful box, are in fabulous condition! A set you and your guests will be honored to use, one that you'll find extra occasions to get out and impress!
Very good-excellent condition! As you can see, all pieces are in wonderful shape! No dents or damage to note though there is a bit of tarnish or corrosion visible on the original steel blades (knives). The tea strainer appears to be original but may be a replacement. See pictures for measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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