Fabulous antique French .800 (nearly sterling) silver & mother of pearl 4pc writer's set including letter opener, bookmark, knife & dip pen in a unique moire silk "wooden shipping crate" themed presentation box! A wonderful c. 1900 (give or take 10 years) French writer's desktop set in fine old French hallmarked silver with each handle bearing the boar's head control mark meaning it's guaranteed to be at least .800/1000 pure silver. The set appears to never have been put to use, all in fabulous condition with solid mother of pearl knife on the letter opener and handle on the pen. The silver handles also with an ornate tableau of flowers & foliate and the letter opener and bookmark with little bird figures. Delightful. AND, don't you just love the box! Moire looking tan silk but fashioned to give the appearance of an old wood shipping crate, complete with stenciled markings. The set has simply been put away and treasured for over 100 years. One of two great old French writing sets, in addition to a few fabulous sterling silver & crystal inkwells, that we're adding this week so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good to excellent, a little age darkening on the old box but nothing showing of wear or use at all on the 4 original matching writing tools. Some age tarnish and/or corrosion on the small folding knife's blade. Silversmith marks on the bookmark and knife blade are "G.M." though I've not found reference to them yet. A lovely set for a gift. Our photos show the condition well. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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