Elegant antique French sterling silver 2pc ice cream or dessert serving utensil or implement pair, both with ornate acanthus accented handle pattern, reticulated & engraved bowl & blade and in the original fitted storage and/or presentation box! Aren't these beautiful! Nice large size, too, with the 'knife' piece measuring an impressive 10 3/8" in length! Exceptional! Both pieces bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark at the tops of each handle, a bit hidden due to the decoration but I'm sure there would be a "1" within those marks meaning they're in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for 'sterling' silver). The silversmith marks are for Emile Bergeron, Paris circa 1902. The box is a bit rough but the implements are beautiful, don't miss them!
Very good condition. A bit of faint dimples and light surface scuffing to the handles. The bowl and knife blade are surely silver plate, not sterling, as they bear no hallmarks. If so, there is no loss or visible wear to the plating. No dents, bends, damage or repairs to note. On the other hand, I've seen boxes in better shape :). It's entirely intact and structurally sound but the mottled green covering is missing in several spots. The interior lining has a bit of staining on the right side and the lid lining is marked with what appears to read "J. Jouvenon, Grenoble". See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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