Fabulous & rare antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era 24pc table or dinner knife set, a 2pc place setting for TWELVE with ornate Aesthetic style sterling silver & solid mother of pearl handles, original steel blades and wonderful condition! Of all of the styles we've offered in these elegant old French dinner or table knives, mother of pearl has always been a personal favorite. There's just something about the weight and coolness to the touch, plus the undeniable elegance of that shimmering pearl visually. No hallmarks but the caps & collars are assuredly in sterling silver, at least .800 or 80% pure, and have an Aesthetic movement style flower pattern. A beautiful set, sure to add extra elegance to your fine sterling silver table service. Enjoy, spoil yourself!
Very good condition. As you can see in the images, there is some age tarnish and/or corrosion marks to the steel blades, they're pre-stainless so this is quite common. Care during storage is a must, coating the blades with vegetable oil or similar will prevent rust or further corrosion. One of the larger dinner sized pearl handles has a repaired chip near the silver collar and there is a hairline crack visible on one of the smaller knives. No other damage or repairs to note. See pictures for individual weights and measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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