Elegant antique French PUIFORCAT hallmarked sterling silver 12pc teaspoon set with 18k gold or “vermeil” plated bowls, “Suffren” pattern and original fitted storage and/or presentation box! Aren’t these lovely! A complete set of twelve, perfect for the current owner of a Puiforcat flatware set who is looking to increase the service or place setting. Also great to accompany a fine sterling silver tea & coffee service. The pattern, Suffren, with what looks like laurel garland framing the handles and acanthus accents along the top and bottom of the stems. The handle backs on this set bear an ornate interlaced “AT” monogram, the same embossed on the lid of the box. All pieces bear the 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 bowls gold plated or “vermeil” and the French nearly always used 18k gold when doing so. The silversmith marks are, of course, for the world renowned House of Puiforcat, EP for Emile Puiforcat, with a long lauded history of only the best of the best. Makers to royalty and now owned by Hermes, another French name synonymous with luxury and opulence. A fabulous set here, don’t miss them.
Very good to excellent condition. Very faint wear or fading to the vermeil bowls in places, most noticeable on the back sides of the bowls. No damage or repairs to note. The box is also in fine shape, just as you see it. A stamped label inside the lid of the box reads “Mesnard Fabricant, Bijoutier, Joaillier, Orfevre, 13 & 14 Pl. Gambetta & R. Porte-Dijeaux. 113 & 115, Bordeaux”. See pictures for weights and measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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