Elegant & rare antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era 12pc 9 7/8" dinner sized knife set with gorgeous rosewood handles and Empire style sterling silver caps & collars or ferrules! Aren't these great! Empire style laurel bands in the silver caps & collars, bows & ribbons with crossed arrow filled quivers and torches! Superb! Of course, with these smaller pieces, they rarely bear hallmarks but we're certain they're sterling silver. All twelve with the original steel blades, marked "P. Simon, Orfevre, Rodez". A marvelous addition to your fine sterling silver table service, don't miss them!
Good-very good condition. As you can see in the images, there are tarnish and/or corrosion spots on the original steel blades (not stainless) and wear to the enamel filled monograms on several of the rosewood handles. No breaks or other damage to the wood and no damage or repairs to the sterling silver caps & collars. The box appears original and is in fine shape, age considered. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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