Gorgeous Antique French Sterling Silver 2pc ’Service a Poisson’ or Fish Serving Implement Pair with ornate Classical or French Empire style pattern, beautiful reticulated knife blade & fork tines and original fitted storage and/or presentation box! Aren’t these lovely! The pattern somewhat of a mix between French Empire or classical and Louis XVI with intricate foliage running the length of the shaped handles, scrolled tendrils, leaves & flowers on the blades. The blade & tine portions are silver plated, they are hallmarked "ARD" as are the sterling handles. Both handles bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number “1” within those marks means they’re in .950 silver (95% pure and so a bit higher than the .925 standard for “sterling” silver, the finest in the world). The silversmith marks are visible but I've not been able to find reference for them yet. Heirloom, museum quality at your table and holding or gaining value over time. What could be better? The feel of these heavy solid silver pieces in hand, and the atmosphere they create at your table.
Excellent condition. No damage or flaws to note. The original storage/presentation box does show some age though in the loss of the snakeskin patterned covering at the corners and some separation at the lid edges. 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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