Fabulous complete antique to vintage French PUIFORCAT hallmarked sterling silver 12pc shellfish or oyster fork set, ornate seashells, laurel & acanthus with bows & ribbons "Pompadour" pattern, original fitted box and all in wonderful condition! I've done a bit of searching for a pattern name, if any, and the closest I can come is that they are referred to as "Pompadour" and "Feuillage" in our book. A rare, complete Puiforcat set in the original box, a treasure here!
PUIFORCAT, the pinnacle of French silver really and among a handful of names that are recognizable the world over. A long, lauded history of only the finest of the fine and silversmiths to royalty over the years. Now owned by Hermes of Paris, a name & reputation that also needs no explanation. All pieces bear the post 1878 French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within those marks means they're in .950 silver (95% pure and higher than the .925 standard for 'sterling' silver). The silversmith marks are, of course, for world renowned House of Puiforcat (EP, Emile Puiforcat), Paris circa early 1900s on this set.
Excellent condition. All pieces wonderfully preserved in he original fitted storage and/or presentation box. Some faint surface scuffing possible but no dents, damage or repairs to note. Total weight for all pieces is roughly 290 grams or 9.3 troy ounces! The box is also in great shape. See pictures for all 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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