Absolutely exquisite & rare antique French sterling silver 71pc flatware set, a 5pc table setting for TWELVE with extras, all with a beautifully ornate Louis XV or rococo style pattern with sinuous foliate tendrils, large interlaced "LB" monograms 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, 16pc luncheon or entremet spoons, 18pc teaspoons and large serving ladle, completed by complimenting 12pc knife set with ebony or ebonized handles & silver collars. 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. Gorgeous! Rococo style with rocaille accented sinuous foliage & tendrils and my reference refers to the pattern as Louis XV though I haven't found an exact pattern name. 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 likely for Eugène Queillé, Paris circa 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 fine dining table ensemble. 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. Some knife marks on fork tines 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 though, as you can see, they're in exemplary shape and ready to use. Currently there is no storage boxes or chest but we can provide newer sterling silver flatware boxes at your request (they're good to store and have the anti-tarnish lined interiors. See pictures for all weights and measurements.