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Antique French Sterling Silver & 18k Gold Vermeil Tea Set, 14 Pc, Caddy Spoon, Tongs, 12 Spoons
Usually we don't buy these sets unless they remain with the original fitted wooden presentation box, but this set was so beautifully crafted in a combination of openwork sterling silver highlighting the 18k gold "vermeil" layer, it simply wouldn't stay out of my load of buys last time in Paris. A set like this would have one more piece, in addition to the set of 12 tea spoons and sugar tongs and the caddy spoon. The 15th piece would be a strainer with prongs that fit into the spout of the French tea pot. This group of 14 matching pieces is missing the strainer. But many of us forego the strainer so I thought perhaps it might be a perfect set for someone of our customers. Look it over. What a stunning old set it is. Napoleon III era, and without the box, it's quite a bargain for you.
Very good to excellent condition, the pieces have almost no loss at all to all that rich 18k gold vermeil, and the combination look of places of open view to the fine .800/1000 pure French sterling silver of the pieces gives a marvelous look to it. The silversmith's mark is shown but I have not yet found or identified it. The silver mark is a Minerve #2, guarantee for .800/1000 pure silver, typically used for these smaller flatware pieces as it stands up to bend with more strength. Measurements of the individual pieces appears on the photos.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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