Exceptional antique French sterling silver Louis XVIII to Napoleon III era 8pc dessert or entremet sized knife set, hallmarked silver blades with elegant ebony & silver handles and crown topped inlaid crests! One of several sets of antique French knives that we're adding this week so, be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks! This a fabulous setting for eight, ebony or ebonized wood handles with shield shaped inlays that feature royal crowns, interlaced "BC" monograms and small Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honor) crosses! The crowns appear to be that of a Baron or Knight. The blades in the older style with the straight sharp edge and curved blade tops. three of the blades bear 1819-1838 hallmarks, the other five with the post 1838 Minerve or Minerva mark. The tiny number "2" within all marks designate them as being in at least .800 silver which is common in knife blades for the added strength (80% pure and just under the .925 standard for "sterling" silver). Silversmith marks are legible on all but I've not been able to find definitive reference to them. A marvelous set, enjoy!
Very good condition. No bends, damage or repairs to any of the silver blades, just a slightly rounded tip or two and some surface scuffing visible on one (we've just had them professionally polished so they have a bright, lustrous finish. There are visible age or drying splits visible on most of the ebony handles but no breaks or damage. The ends of the sterling handle caps also show denting to four. See pictures for 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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