Magnificent, rare to find set of twenty-four antique French sterling silver & ebony handled 9 5/8" dinner AND 8 1/8" dessert or entremet sized knife set with ornate silver caps & collars and original "Paris" marked steel blades! This is one of four great old French table knife sets that we're adding this week but don't let that fool you as to how hard they are to find. I've gathered these up over the last year (or more) and am just getting to polishing, photographing and listing them :). A truly superb 2pc setting for TWELVE here, all original and complete with Classical or Empire style foliate accented sterling silver caps & collars on the handles. The handles themselves in what appears to be ebony wood, rather than just an ebonized finish. The blades are all the original pre-stainless ones, dating them to before 1912-20s when stainless steel or 'acier inoxydable' really began to be used, and are marked "V * PARIS * C". Fabulous as you see them, magnificent alongside your existing fine sterling silver table service! As noted above, we're also adding three other great sets so be sure to browse some while you're with us. Thanks and enjoy!
Good-very good condition. As noted, the blades are all the original steel ones, not stainless so they do have some visible age tarnish and/or corrosion. A few age or drying splits in the ebony wood handles, nothing other than some slight surface scuffs and possibly a bit of tarnish to the sterling silver caps & collars. The knife set is in a fitted storage or presentation box but we're not sure if it's original to the set, likely not. 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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