Wonderful, elegant vintage French PUIFORCAT hallmarked Art Deco 88pc dinner flatware set, a 5pc "Beaulieu" pattern place setting for twelve with knives and added serving pieces and all kept in a large campaign style wooden storage chest! Sotheby's dates the pattern to around 1930-40 but I've not been able to find definitive proof, we'll give them the benefit of the doubt given their lauded history in antiques & fine arts. The pattern relatively simple but elegant and you simply can't beat the Puiforcat name where silver is concerned. The backs of the handles all have engraved "BD" or "DB" monograms, none on the knives or serving pieces. Measurements and individual weights are on the images so I won't go through them here but all sixty of the solid sterling silver pieces have a total weight of 103.4 troy ounces or 3216 grams. All pieces (other than knives) bear the French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within those marks means they're in .950 silver or 95% pure (higher than the .925 standard for 'sterling' silver). Of course, we all know the "EP" silversmith mark for the world renowned house of PUIFORCAT (Emile Puiforcat) who ranks amongst the best including Sufflot, Queille and Odiot to name a few. Puiforcat is also now owned by Hermes of Paris, a name known for the finest of the fine. A fabulous, comprehensive table setting and one of the best names in sterling silver...what more could you want!
Very good condition. All pieces are in thick, heavy sterling silver with only faint surface scuffing indicative of normal use. The knives and serving pieces are not original to the set but the shape and sterling caps/collars goes with the Beaulieu pattern wonderfully. The chest is also not original to the set but, as you can see, is of roughly the same age and works great for its purpose. See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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