No French sterling silver flatware set or elegantly set French table is comlete without the melon knife, and so I know I'll have several friends out there clamboring for this magical set of 19th century French silver knives with which to finish their table. With vert, verde, verdure (green) handles of wood, and sterling collar and endcaps, and the silver blades complete with the very specialized tip-tined blades which are specifically for cutting and then bringing your succulent Summer melons (honeydew, etc., etc., ) to one's watering mouth. What could be more fun for your next dinner party than to set this one out - I'll bet not a soul at your table will know what they are. I have seen these called cheese forks, butter forks, crustacean forks - nearly everything but melon, but the French have other forks for those other purposes, dear, and this one is for your melon. Aren't they fabulous!
Very good to excellent, this is the set I've had stashed away for my own table, but recently replaced them with an even MORE fabulous set, so they are ready to thrill someone else now. The handles are wood, laquered in a deep forest green. Fabu! Note, there is not a Minerve on these. The blades are marked by the silversmith only (diamond shaped touch mark), so I am unsure if the blade is .800 or .950. I have not tested. The cap/collars are sterling, and small pieces like those need not carry Minerve marks.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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