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 vermeil sterling silver knives with which to finish their table. With unique green handles, gilded likely 18k gold on sterling collars, end caps and hallmarked sterling silver blades! Complete with the very specialized tip, tines 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 blades 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 and the label inside the fitted box are for Robert Linzeler, Paris c. 1897-1910. Gorgeous, don't miss them!
Very good condition. The handles are free of any breaks but do have some visible surface crazing and there is a hairline crack in a few. The blades and cap/collars are sterling, one cap on the base of a handle is missing. A bit of tarnish visible and some loss or wear to the vermeil finish on the blades. The box is fully intact and in great shape. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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